February Kindness Day: Thursday, Feb. 15th, 2018

February Kindness Day: Thursday, Feb. 15th, 2018

HAPPY February Kindness Day

Thursday, February, 15th, 2018

THEME: We {heart} Kindness!
Love is Born Through the Giving of Kindness

 

LOVE and KINDNESS is what the month of February is all about. We hope you will continue to encourage your students to do the our Random Acts of Kindness Challenge Calendar:

 

 

Tomorrow is  BE EXTRA KIND TO YOUR TEACHER…:)

Here is a fun activity you can do with your students. 

 

In our Kindness Begins with Me Planning Booklet, we have many ideas to help you plan each of your monthly Kindness Day activities. For the month of February, we wanted to share two of our activities that you could also do tomorrow or use for a Kindness discussion:

REPAIRING A HEART

  • Objective: Students will see how damaging harsh words or unkind acts can be on someone.
  • Inspire: Ask the students how they feel when someone is mean to them.
  • Empower: Have students write down a time when they were hurt and how they would have handled the situation differently.
  • Act: Pass around a large paper heart. Have each student take a turn crumpling it in reference to when their feelings might have been hurt. Then try and smooth it out. It will be hard to restore it back to normal but it can be repaired and bandaged with kind words and actions. Have each student place a band aid on the heart with their names on it. Hang it in the class to remind students to always be kind and to be the “band-aid” of kindness.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF KINDNESS
(Discussion goes along with CKM Video in the Media Suggestions)

Community Kindness Movement – 6 Scientific Reason Why Kindness is GOOD FOR YOU!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=20r2pTq3Iv8&t=2s

Kindness gives us healthier hearts. Acts of kindness are often accompanied by emotional warmth. Emotional
warmth produces the hormone oxytocin in the brain and throughout the body. Of much recent interest is its significant role
in the cardiovascular system. Oxytocin causes the release of a chemical called nitric oxide in blood vessels, which dilates (expands) the blood vessels. This reduces blood pressure, and therefore oxytocin is known as a “cardio-protective” hormone because it protects the heart (by lowering blood pressure). The key is that acts kindness can produce oxytocin, and therefore kindness can be said to be cardio-protective.

How can kindness improve your health? Volunteering results in more health benefits
than exercising or quitting smoking. “Helping a neighbor, volunteering, or donating goods and services results in a helper’s high.” —Stephen Post, Author,“The Hidden Gifts of Helping”.

People who volunteer live a longer more satisfied life.“People who volunteer tend to
experience fewer aches and pains. Giving help to others protects overall health twice
as much as aspirin protects against heart disease. People 55 and older w ho volunteer
for two or more organizations have an impressive 44% lower likelihood of dying, and
that’s after sifting out every other contributing factor, including physical health, exercise, gender, habits like smoking, marital status and many more. This is a stronger effect than exercising four times a week or going to church.” — Christine
Carter, Author“ Raising Happiness; In Pursuit of Joyful Kids and Happier Parents”.

 

 

 

Here is a fun video collage from January’s Kindness Day. Students made Kindness Posters to hang up in their school for their Kindness Week. The posters act as a visual tool in reminding students to do kind things and to encourage putting smiles on other students faces…:) Great job!

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February: RAK Month Calendar Challenge

February: RAK Month Calendar Challenge

CKM FEBRUARY KINDNESS DAY: February 15th, 2018
MONTHLY THEME: We {heart} Kindness!
Love is Born Through the Giving of Kindness

 

KINDNESS RAK WEEK: February 11-17, 2018
You’re invited to join in RAK week-long celebration of kindness at http://www.RandomActsofKindness.org.

 

Love is like a seed of kindness. When taken care of properly, the love can grow into a plant, flower, or fruit. Kindness blooms as we continue to show our love for everyone around us.”

 

Encourage your students to participate in our CKM FEBRUARY RAK CALENDAR!

 

 

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Tomorrow is January’s Kindness Day – Thursday, January 18th, 2018 – Kindness is Contagious

Tomorrow is January’s Kindness Day  – Thursday, January 18th, 2018 – Kindness is Contagious

January Kindness Day:  Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Theme: Kindness is Contagious

Smile..Pass it OnPay It ForwardPut a Smile on Someone’s Face

This is a reminder to wear your Kindness T-Shirts or the color yellow this Thursday

and to encourage your students to do the same.

Smiling is not just a universal means of communicating, it’s also a frequent one. More than 30% of us smile more than 20 times a day and less than 14% of us smile less than 5 times a day. In fact, those with the greatest superpowers are actually children, who smile as many as 400 times per day!

 

Kindness is as contagious, like a common cold in the winter. When we are kind to each other, it softens our hearts and makes us want to be kind to others as well. Kindness also has proven to make us happier. When we are happier, we become the best version of ourselves. Teachers and parents are often amazed at some of the Pay It Forward ideas that students come up with. It really does teach a powerful lesson: “That one person can make a difference and help others in need despite age, background, money, or social status. Random acts of kindness inspire us all to be better people.” Thank you for your support of this wonderful initiative. Please share your Pay it Forward stories with us at CommunityKindnessMovement@gmail.com, so your story can inspire others to Pay it Forward. Have a wonderful Kindness Day!

 

Benefits of Smiling:

  • When you smile, you look good and feel good.
  • When others see you smile, they smile too.
  • When you want to tap into a superpower to help yourself and others live longer and to live a healthier and happier lives…SMILE 🙂
  • Smiling seems to give us the same happiness that exercising induces terms of how our brain responds. In short: our brain feels good and tells us to smile, we smile and tell our brain it feels good and so forth. 

 

 

Why does this matter? Smiling leads to decrease in the stress-induced hormones that negatively affect your physical and mental health. Our children need to feel love, need to feel important, need to feel like someone cares about them. Smiling at them and letting them know you care could make a world of difference for them!

These are more great media options to include or to start your January’s Kindness Day discussion:

 

 

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Happy December Kindness Day – Tomorrow, Thursday, December 21st, 2017!

Happy December Kindness Day – Tomorrow, Thursday, December 21st, 2017!

Happy Holidays from the CKM

Kindness Day: December 21st, 2017

Kindness Theme: “Kindness is Always in Season”  – Secret Service Month

 

What a wonderful time of year to perform Secret Service to others! This holiday season is all about coming together, showing loved ones how much we care, making memories to be treasured for years to come, and giving the most precious gift – the gift of ourselves. We would like to share a few videos to help transcend this message of KINDNESS and LOVE.  We hope you joined in the our CKM Secret Service Activity or your school planned their own Secret Service Project.

Wishing you wonderful Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

 

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RAK Secret Service Activity – Kindness Day is December 21st, 2017

RAK Secret Service Activity – Kindness Day is December 21st, 2017

Next week we celebrate our DECEMBER KINDNESS DAY

THEME: “Kindness is Always in Season”

Date: Thursday, December 21st, 2017

he CKM would like to challenge you, your students, and/or children to participate in our Secret Service activity for the month of December. Most of you have one more week of school and what better way to celebrate by encouraging your students to join in the spirit of Christmas and performing a secret kind act each day. See handouts below. 

 

We also would LOVE to hear and see what your school has been up to this year in spreading kindness and using our NEW Kindness Planning Booklet. Email us anytime at CommunityKindnessMovement@gmail.com. We are excited for 2018 and look forward to our NEW Kindness Video. 

 

 

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NEW 2018 Executive Officers and 2018 Kindness Video Film Day Slideshow

NEW 2018 Executive Officers and 2018 Kindness Video Film Day Slideshow

Happy NOVEMBER Kindness Day!

 The CKM Board of Directors have voted in our NEW 2018 Executive Officers. We would like to extend a KIND WELCOME.

 

The CKM is excited for our NEW 2018 Kindness Video coming next year! Thank you, to all of the individuals that shared their time, generosity, and talents to help spread more KINDNESS throughout the State of Idaho. Film Day was a blast! 

 

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KINDNESS DAY – Thursday, November 16th, 2017

KINDNESS DAY – Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Happy Kindness Day (Tomorrow)

Date: Thursday, November 16th, 2017

Theme: Kindness Strengthens Relationships

One of the best way to increase our own happiness is to do things that make other people happy. In countless studies, kindness and generosity have been linked to greater life satisfaction, stronger relationships, and better mental and physical health – generous people even live longer.

Intentionally practicing kindness in our everyday lives, even on days when we’re not in a particularly generous mood, can go a long way toward turning kindness into a habit. That’s largely because of the way kindness breeds happiness: The good feelings serve to reinforce our kind acts and make us more likely to want to perform them in the future.

Practicing a Random Acts of Kindness is a good place to start. This practice involves performing five acts of kindness in one day and then writing about the experience. They can be anything from bringing a meal to a sick friend, to giving up your seat on the bus, to donating blood, to buying a drink for the person in line behind you at a cafe. For ideas, consider acts of kindness that you’ve witnessed or received in the past, and check out this Buzzfeed list of 101 suggestions. Random acts of kindness not only lift our spirits in the moment; they also have the potential to alter the way we feel about ourselves and increase healthy forms of self-esteem.

Remind your students to wear their Yellow Kindness T-Shirt tomorrow to school!

 

 

In the CKM Kindness Begins with Me Curriculum you will find the school activities and books suggested for November’s Kindness Day. We hope the planning booklets have been helpful this year and we will continue to improve them.

This month we teach students the importance of manners and why we should take into consideration the GOLDEN RULE on a daily basis. Having good manners can show people around us that we are mindful of them; good manners can also express our respect for others. Showing the students how good manners helps improve relationships between their peers and their teachers. 

Activities Include:

GIVE A PAT ON THE BACK

COMPLIMENT CIRCLE

TOP SECRET LETTERS

“DO UNTO OTTERS” ACTIVITY – MANNERS ROLE PLAY

 

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Kindness Week 2017 Slide Show

Happy October Kindness Day!

Thank you, to those who sent in pictures from Kindness Week. If you have more pictures, please send them to CommunityKindnessMovement@gmail.com. 

Also, many have asked how to order Kindness T-Shirts throughout the year. You can go onto our website at www.CommunityKindnessMovement.com and click on the SHOP Tab. 

 

BULLYING PREVENTION LESSON – October is Bullying Prevention Month

Melissa Nelson here, when planning a KINDNESS IS OUR SUPERPOWER LESSON for my daughter’s 5th grade class, I came across this amazing “MUST SEE” Video. Brooks Gibbs is out giving the Golden Rule message, which is the same as “KINDNESS BEGINS WITH ME”! This may just be the most important lesson that our kids learn this year to COMBAT BULLYING. Teaching our kids RESILIENCE.  This is also a great lesson for us adults. This YouTube video was not put on our media recommendation list in our Kindness Planning Booklet, but will be next year! I will also be role-playing with my daughter’s class today, on how to use KINDNESS to fight off the haters in our everyday life. 

FOR PARENTS – How to Bully Proof YOUR kid!

 

FOR STUDENTS  (Middle School/High School Level)

 

FOR STUDENTS  – HOW TO DISARM A BULLY 

 

FOR STUDENTS (Elementary Level)

 

HOW TO COMBAT BULLYING

 

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October KINDNESS DAY – October 19th, 2017

October KINDNESS DAY – October 19th, 2017

OCTOBER KINDNESS DAY 2017

October 19th, 2017

THEME: Make Kindness Your SUPERPOWER!

Wouldn’t it be amazing to have superhero powers? Which superpower would you pick — X-ray vision? The ability to leap tall buildings? Or fly at supersonic speed? In the world of comics, superpowers are often extraordinary skills that benefit others; and some can even save the day. If you had some kind of natural force or special power within you, how would you use it? When you put your heart into something, it changes everything. How you feel affects what you say and how you act — both of which greatly affect others. Isn’t this a superpower?

More and more we’re seeing that superheroes are showing up everywhere. These heroes’ superpowers are really expressions of heart values and true compassion. These values are embedded in each of us and lie dormant waiting to be cultivated. They are super because they can help rewrite a moment, heal emotional wounds, erase negative self-talk, improve relationships, nurture beauty, and grow happiness. They can change the perception and change outcomes — and ultimately, each and every time they are used, they help to create a better world.

There’s an uptick of everyday heroes unleashing a whole lot of kindness and love on our planet. It’s felt through their acts of care, compassion, tolerance and gratitude. Science is researching how these qualities of the heart can affect many things. They can change your life and the life of others; they can add light to darkness and hope to despair.

So how do you cultivate these superpowers? Here are 28 ways to improve out KINDNESS SUPERPOWER:

1. Use social media to promote positive messaging and compassion. Stand up for kindness.

3. Offer a hug or embrace for no reason.

4. Make peace with someone who has hurt you.

5. Experiment with positive attitudes. For instance, next time you go to the grocery store, enter the store with an attitude of kindness.

6. Say thank you and please every day without fail.

8. Help someone out in a practical way, such as offering help moving, cleaning up or babysitting.

9. Go on a complaint-free diet.

10. Encourage a friend or family member when they are uncertain or unmotivated.

11. Smile and make someone’s day a little brighter.

13. Send a kind email or card.

14. Invite someone new into your tribe; alleviate loneliness for just one person.

15. Hold the door open for the person behind you.

16. If you see someone being bullied, stand up for them.

17. Strike up a conversation with a stranger.

18. Let someone into your lane while driving.

19. Be generous with words of praise and appreciation.

20. Choose your mood. Notice yourself feeling upset, frustrated, impatient, angry, stressed or anxious. Take a few moments to shift that feeling..

21. Pray. Meditate on loving kindness: May you be happy, healthy, peaceful and loved.

22. Give someone a place to stay.

23. Say “I love you” more often to your family and friends.

24. Serve as a mentor. Generously share what you know and make it easier for someone else.

25. Commit to consistent self-care for yourself.

26. Adopt a neighbor. Many of us know of someone in our neighborhood who is either a single parent, or has a spouse in the military, or maybe is an elderly person living alone.

27. Power in Numbers. Crowd-sourcing is another act of care. We’re seeing more and more viral funding campaigns to help those in need. Instead of fuming over the news, people are transforming their anger into networking missions by tapping into their social networks to raise money.

28. Showing up and giving support to someone that has asked for it.

Maybe you’re not leaping tall buildings in a single bound, but remember your care, kindness and love have the power to transform many things. Cultivate your heart coherence and you’ll be surprised by the number of things in a day that you can change and improve for yourself and others. Amazing things can happen.

BULLY PREVENTION SPOTLIGHT

Did you know that as a young person, YOU have fifty percent (50%) more chance of stopping school bullying ( by standing up and telling the bully this it’s not ok) than a teacher does?!?!

BOOM! Well, that why the Community Kindness Movement has evolved into what it is today. We are here to help give our future generation the tools needed to help stop it!  October is Bullying Prevention Month. Tomorrow we are celebrating our monthly KINDNESS DAY and teaching our youth that they are BRAVER, SMARTER, and STRONGER than they think. They each have the power to be a WORLD CHANGER.

Have a Happy Kindness Day…..Remember to wear your YELLOW KINDNESS T-SHIRTS!

 

Tomorrow we will send out our  CKM Kindness Week 2017  slide show.

 

 

 

 

 

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NEW 2018 Kindness Video Filming

NEW 2018 Kindness Video Filming

 

The Community Kindness Movement is excited about producing a NEW LOCALLY FILMED KINDNESS VIDEO in Meridian, Idaho. Our Kindness Video is shown at school assemblies, motivational speaking presentations, and fundraising events for our Kindness Begins with Me Bullying Prevention Program.

EVERY CHILD IS WELCOME. We need kids from ages K-12th grade. All abilities and disabilities. Please make sure they are comfortable in being filmed. If your child does have special needs, we ask that you come with them. 

The CKM is pleased to partner with Kody Newton, of GadgetGents in producing the video and for Idaho Pediatric Dentistry, Dr. Christopher Loveland DDS and Idaho Central Credit Union for providing the funds.  

To get a better idea of what we are doing, you can view our 2015 Kindness Video produced by Cade Sutton here: https://youtu.be/OeunYgwvx1I.  

By having local kids star in a Kindness Video, it is a way in empowering our kids to be “World Changers”; whether it be in their own friendship circles, classrooms, schools, online, and out in their community. May we each strive to be  Models of Kindness.

 

FILMING DATE

When: Saturday, October 14th, 2017

Where: Mountain View High School

2000 S Millenium Way, Meridian, ID 83642

Time Slot A: 8am – 10:00am 

Time Slot B: 9am – 11:00am

Time Slot C: 10am – 12pm

 

 

Please send your children with the following:

  • A YELLOW Kindness T-Shirt – All current and past kindness t-shirts are wanted to wear in the video. Please dress your child in something else, rather than their Kindness T-Shirt. They just need to bring their t-shirt to slip over their clothes for the video parts. Please no large logos. If  your child does not have a Kindness t-shirt, we will be selling them for $5 at the school that day. 
  • A Book Bag (make them look like they’re going to school)
  • A Jacket. Dress for the weather.
  • Sack Lunch(we will have them eat lunch, but we also film a lunch scene).
  • Adult Volunteers – (Please wear your BLACK or Yellow Kindness T-Shirts). We will need a few adult actors. We will also have Kindness T-Shirts available to purchase for $5 the day of filming.

 

FIRST STEP SIGN-UP YOUR CHILD(REN) HERE – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054eacaa2da1f49-2018

SECOND STEPSIGN the Media Release Form – Waiver of Liability Form – 2018 Media and Liabilty Waiver

THIRD STEPEmail the Media Form/Waiver to CommunityKindnessMovement@gmail.com by Monday, October 9th

FOURTH STEP – See you on October 14th – Please arrive on time. Thank you!

 

 

The CKM Executive Officers

Email: CommunityKindnessMovement@gmail.com

Website: www.CommunityKindnessMovement.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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