You will surely agree that a positive attitude is essential to happiness and progress in life, isn’t it? Keeping a positive outlook brings hope, enthusiasm, and light…
But, as much as this makes sense, we must stop for a second and do a reality check. The world isn’t perfect and there are countless things in our society that need to be worked on and improved.
What better time than now?! With Christmas around the corner, it`s the perfect time to be kind, grateful, and filled with love to share. Simply put, this is the time to seek a new way to help someone in need and make someone happy. Think big but start small!
With this in mind, students of the Irish school, Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Uí Choileáin found a great way to spread the Christmas joy. During the season of giving, students are asked to replace homework with acts of kindness to their relatives and the community. On a daily basis, their acts will be written in “Dialann Cineáltais” or “Kindness Diary” and signed by their parents.
This great practice started three years ago, and it has a different theme every year. For instance, last year the students practiced gratitude and documented it in their “Gratitude Diaries.”
In a Facebook post, the Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Uí Choileáin school shared the acts of kindness the students can choose from and a schedule they can use to fulfill. The schedule is as follows:
- Monday: Students can phone, visit, or a send a Christmas card to an elderly person or a lonely relative.
- Tuesday: They can help out with household chores.
- Wednesday: They should do a random act of kindness to brighten someone`s day.
- Thursday: This day is reserved for self-care, so they should do something that makes them feel good about themselves.
- Friday: During the Friday meeting, the students boost their self-esteem by reading the kind observations about their classmates they have dropped in a “Buicéad Cineáltais” or “Kindness bucket” earlier.
According to the Vice-Principal Íde Ní Mhuirí:
“We are encouraging our pupils to think of the real spirit of Christmas, the spirit of kindness and giving. With such an emphasis on the materialistic and commercial aspect of Christmas, we often tend to overlook what it’s really all about… Goodwill!
Unfortunately, not everyone is in a position to be able to enjoy Christmas, some are lonely, some are sad, some might yearn for what they do not have and some might simply not enjoy the festivities. But there is nobody in this world who wouldn’t benefit from an act of kindness, and the joy of kindness is that it costs nothing.
Our message to the children is very simple: they can be the reason somebody smiles today and they can definitely help make this world a better place for others and for themselves.”
These efforts don’t stop here though, as the school has a project as a class, “Gníomh Cineáltais Ranga” or “Class Kindness Act” in which students are supposed to come up with a unique idea to help the community.
Additionally, the school has similar projects throight the school year. For instance, each June, students are obliged to spend some time with their family members, play games, take regular walks, hang out together, and record these activities in a special book.
Amazing, isn’t it?