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We share the beneficial effects kids (and adults) get from helping one another. For elementary school educators, the week of Thanksgiving means construction paper hands, roasted turkey cafeteria lunches, and reflecting on what we’re thankful for.But why should we wait until the end of November to c

Nov 15, 2016

We share the beneficial effects kids (and adults) get from helping one another.


For elementary school educators, the week of Thanksgiving means construction paper hands, roasted turkey cafeteria lunches, and reflecting on what we’re thankful for.

But why should we wait until the end of November to consider kindness? (Answer: We shouldn’t.) Here’s how being kind helps both parties.

“Helper’s high” endorphins: When you give, whether it’s money or your time, you experience a helper’s high. That’s because your brain releases endorphins that make you feel good — just like your brain reacts to other pleasures. It’s called the warm glow effect!

Enhanced mood and health: Altruism also triggers the release of the hormone oxytocin, which is known to help reduce stress and boost mood (let alone contribute to a healthy cardiovascular system). Additionally, acts of kindness can increase serotonin levels — also, mood-boosters.

Greater peer acceptance: It’s clear that altruism is beneficial to both parties, mentally and physically. But one interesting perk: Research shows students who performed kind acts resulted in increased peer acceptance — or, more friends. We like people who do nice things, plain and simple.

Looking for ways to create a kinder classroom? Here are five ideas you can try today.

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