A positive attitude is something we should always have in our lives, but we should accept reality as well. Some things in our society are not in order and we should do our best to make our planet a better place for living.
The time before Christmas reminds us all to be kind, grateful, joyful, and share the love with the others. Many people are trying to find a new way each year to help and make someone happy.
Start small but think big, that’s the secret formula. We can all spread the holiday spirit, and if we make a little effort, we could make a significant change. It is the reason why the students from the Irish school “Gaelscoil Mhichil Ui Choileain” found a unique way to spread the joy.
The students had a task during December 2019 to carry out acts of kindness to the community and their relatives. All good deeds were written in the so-called “Kindness Diary,” every day, and their parents signed them.
This tradition started three years ago, and each year it has a different theme. The previous year the students practiced gratitude, and all the deeds were documented in a “Dialann Buiochais” or “Gratitude Diaries.”
The school also shared the acts of kindness in a Facebook post.
On Mondays during the month of December, students could phone, visit, or send a card to an older person or a lonely relative. Then, on Tuesdays, they helped out with the household chores. On Wednesdays, they had the task of finding a way to cheer someone, and the following day was dedicated to self-care. On Thursdays, the students were doing things they love and make them happy.
this is such a lovely idea – and so much learning that can be imparted thro’ this.
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And on Friday, during the meeting, the school organized reading about the kind deeds about their peers they had written previously in a “Kindness bucket.” The goal of this act was to boost a student’s self-esteem.
Parents accepted the initiative with pleasure, and they supported the school in conducting the project.
“We want to help our pupils to understand what Christmas is all about, and that is Goodwill. There are people around the world who are not able to enjoy Christmas because some of them are lonely, some are sad. But still, an act of kindness can bring significant benefits to everyone. Each individual can be the reason somebody smiles today, and with this attitude, we want to send a powerful message to our pupils”, said the Vice-principal Ide Ni Mhuiri.
In addition to these efforts, the school also has a project called “Class Kindness Act.” According to it, students must conduct a single beneficial deed to the community.
Throughout the entire school year, the school includes similar initiatives. For instance, each June students, instead of homework they are obliged to spend time with their families, play games, hang out together. And all these activities are recorded in a particular book as well.