THE POWER OF ONE
Cultivate a compassionate heart by stepping out of your comfort zone
and into courage.
YOU ARE AN ESSENTIAL LINK IN AN ENDLESS CHAIN OF GOOD
ONE look of understanding and ONE vulnerable interaction can turn judgement and prejudice into acceptance. ONE person seeing the good that is ever-present under the surface starts a ripple of endless, hope-filled opportunities, growth and necessary change to bring us all together.
Let's help children embrace kind acts and tough conversations to move human kind forward.
Even though the pain of dwelling on our differences can be unbearable, we tend to hold onto unwanted feelings and latch onto unnecessary hurt. This clouds our perception and narrows our view of others.
WE ALL WANT TO FEEL WORTHY.
WE ALL WANT BE HEARD, RESPECTED, UNDERSTOOD AND ACCEPTED.
Sometimes when we take a step back and let others off the hook, it opens the way for our own emotional freedom and personal growth.
Acknowledging that underneath it all, we all want the same thing, will allow us to be courageous in our kindness.
BE THE CHANGE THAT YOU WISH TO SEE IN HUMANITY
ONE SPLIT SECOND IS ALL IT TAKES TO CHOOSE KINDNESS INSTEAD OF HATE
Kindness starts in your mind and includes moving away from old, unconscious habits. Be kind to yourself to cultivate compassion for others. Think thoughts that strengthen your spirit and make sure your physical and emotional health needs are met. When your heart is full, you have a greater capacity to influence others.
POSITIVE SELF - TALK
YOUR HUMANITY LESSONS START HERE
The "Humanity" lessons include several PDF downloads:
1. HUMANITY HABITS
FOR TWEENS, TEENS & GROWN-UP HUMAN BEINGS
Big change start with these simple, cultural and social practices. Step out of old comfort zones and into new ways of expressing compassion, kindness and empathy.
2. A MASTER OF DISGUISE
Fear doesn't always mean you look scared. Being courageously kind means being a detective of emotions. Use this activity to learn the many ways fear can be disguised so you can empathize with others.
3. KIND ACTS
FOR ALL AGES
Explore these 77 creative ways to care for others, be kind toward yourself and unite us all. A great summer or school activity for kids of all ages.
4. CLASSROOM KINDNESS COUNTS PROJECT
GRADES 2 - 5
Show kids how their actions impact others. Using scientific foundation, create a contagious kindness that lasts through the summer. Use this project to keep children focused on positive goals now or have it ready to build a kind classroom climate for your incoming students next school year.
5. KINDNESS COUNTS AT HOME
AGES 4 & UP
Kindness starts at home, with neighborhoods, with family and with you. Use this download to start spreading kindness like confetti! Then watch as new habits of awareness and relatiobship building start to form.
7. THE SCIENCE OF HUMAN KINDNESS
Learn the simple science behind the "Golden Rule".
6. A SUMMER OF HUMANITY
Dive into this summer reading book list and help kids of all ages learn more about the world around them.
"YOU CAN NEVER ACT ON KINDNESS TOO SOON, FOR YOU NEVER KNOW
HOW SOON WILL BE TOO LATE"
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Great Day Academics
Children need healthy connections with others in order to thrive. Great Day teaches children to see themselves in the eyes of others and to have meaningful conversations in order to connect.
Being true to themselves means being more outwardly compassionate in their everyday interactions.
For every one action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
This scientific truth helps support the "Golden Rule". It confirms that honest and heartfelt acts of kindness not only impact others, but has an immediate, positive effect on your own good health.
This good, like all energy, is transferred over and over again - echoing into the hearts of human beings all around the world.
Both doctors and scientists believe that a daily practice in compassion for every child starting at the age of four, will create a positive global shift for humanity in just 5 years time.
KIDS WHO ARE KIND
CHANGE THE WORLD ONE PERSON AT A TIME
The origin of our need to form connections and yearn for acceptance in others, dates back to prehistoric times. Gathering in groups in order to survive the climate and life-threatening elements of our environment was essential.
The concept of race has been largely debated in recent studies due to the fact that 99.99% of all human genetic coding are the same. The most current anthropological research states that all of human kind originated from one place and one race.
Harvard professor and neuroscientist, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor says, "As members of the same human family, we share all but 0.01% of identical genetic sequences. Biologically, as a species, you and I are identical to one another at the level of our genes, we are the same- all sharing the same source of molecules and atoms."
My daughter and I were equally nervous about her first day of preschool. This was the 2nd attempt to find a place where she felt safe and welcome. After a few steps into the entrance of the new school, another 3 year old girl ran up to my daughter, embraced her with a hug and declares that they are "sisters, twins". "We have the same eyes mama and the same curls," the young girl cheered.The kindness she showed to my daughter, a strange, new incoming student touched my heart. The physical appearance between the two of them were dramatically different. Everything from skin color to their length of hair was, from what I saw, the opposite. However, this 3 year old girl, chose to see with her whole heart, their connection, instead of their differences.
This too, is my wish for you!
Educator | Founder
THE HUMAN EXPERIENCE WE ARE HAVING RIGHT NOW IS A TEMPORARY PRIVILEGE, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF EACH NEW INTERACTION
MORE RESOURCES FOR YOU
Check out the recommended book list below for award-winning and inspirational lessons on humanity:
*Strokes of Insight - Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
*Seat of the Soul - Gary Zukav
*So You Want to Talk About Race? - Ijeoma Oluo
*Talking to Strangers - Malcolm Gladwell
*The Power of Vulnerability - Brene Brown (Also wrote: My Broken Brain , Eat Fat-Get Thin, Fed Up)
*Embracing Otherness, Embracing Myself - Thandie Newton
For Teens and Adults:
*The Hate You Give - Angie Thomas
*This Book is Anti-Racist - Tiffany Jewell
*Wonder - R.J. Palacio
*Be Kind - Pat Zeitlow Miller
*I Am Human: A Book of Empathy - Susan Verde
*I Am Love - Susan Verde
*Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth - Oliver Jeffers
*Just Ask - Sonia Sotomayor
*Kindness Starts With You: at School - Jacquelyn Stagg
*Mixed: A Colorful Story - Arree Chung
*The Skin You Live In - Michael Tyler
extra credit community
Hi there gang!
Please share! What is the kindest thing anyone has done for you?
What vulnerable conversation could you initiate to strengthen your connection with another person?