Random Acts of Kindness Day – Benefits of Teaching Kindness to Children

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Saturday 17th of February 2024 is Random Acts Of Kindness Day! The day was created by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK), a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing kindness as the standard. Random Acts Of Kindness Day aims to enhance mental health and wellbeing, foster community connections and a sense of belonging, encourage empathy and compassion, and inspire change.

There are many benefits of teaching acts of kindness to children. Research shows that acts of kindness trigger the release of serotonin, a neurotransmitter associated with well-being. This feel-good chemical promotes healing, induces a sense of calm, and contributes to overall happiness (Breazele, 2012).

In another study, approximately half of the participants felt stronger and more energetic after helping others. A significant number also noted an increased sense of calm, reduced feelings of depression, and an increase in self-worth (Carter, 2011).

Furthermore, the positive impacts of kindness extend to onlookers, enhancing their mood and significantly increasing the likelihood of the kindness being reciprocated. A single act of kindness in a busy setting can create a ripple effect, making the day more positive for everyone involved (Zaki, 2016).

How can we teach kindness to children?

Here's a list of 10 activities that not only teach kindness but make for memorable moments of connection and learning:


Breazeale, R. (2012, November 20). Practicing Acts of Kindness. Psychology Today. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/in-the-face-adversity/201211/practicing-acts-kindness

Carter, C. (2011). Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents. Ballantine Books. 

Zaki, J. (2017, July 26). Kindness Contagion. Scientific American. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/kindness-contagion/