by Nabanita Dutt
Teach Children The Value Of Compassion With The Heart-Love Pillow
Big acts of kindness make news. Small acts of kindness make compassionate, happier people.
It is a proven fact that random acts of kindness have a deep impact on how humans value their own worthiness and build pathways of unconditional love with the rest of the world. “Kindness doesn’t need to involve money or time-consuming efforts,” says a study conducted by the University of British Columbia on the subject of kindness. “We found that any kind act appeared to have the same benefit — even small gestures like opening a door for someone or saying ‘thanks’ to the bus driver.”
Making children conscious of the small acts of kindness they perform throughout the day, have a cumulative effect on both their inner and outer wellbeing. For example:
Their Heart Channels Open: Performing small acts of kindness with awareness opens the heart space to yet more positive, heart-brain driven actions. The heart chakra expands with the ripple effect and imbues the child’s personal electro-magnetic field with warm, love vibrations that other people unconsciously respond to.
Their Self-Love Increases: Through acts of kindness, children find their own identity in the best possible way. The emotions they experience from kind acts do not provoke negative, judgemental responses in others, so the messages of self-love and self-appreciation passes through without obstructions to the subconscious mind.
They Experience `Helper’s High’: According to research scientists at the Emory University, `Helper’s High’ is the powerful happiness feeling that is generated in the brain’s pleasure center when being kind to others – as if the doer himself/herself is the recipient of the good deed, and not the other way around.
Their Mind And Body Gets Healthier: Acts of kindness is said to have a multitude of good effects on the mind and body. For example, people who practice kindness with awareness have longer life spans and low levels of stress, anxiety, depression and blood pressure. Because the awareness of kind acts produce endorphins – the brain’s natural painkiller – their pain threshold increases significantly too!
How To Practice Random Acts Of Kindness With The Heart Love Pillow
It is not enough to just perform acts of kindness. To become foundational blocks in a child’s heart-brain development, the practice has to happen consciously and deliberately.
The wonderful news is: kindness is teachable! And one very effective method is to use the Heart-Love Pillow to drive the lessons home.
Step # 1:
• To set a pattern of kindness awareness in children’s minds, you have to begin by asking about some good things they have done for others that day. Make the child understand that no small deed is insignificant. If they assisted or helped anyone else even in the smallest way, it is valuable and therefore mentionable.
Step # 2:
• Don’t worry if children seem to be struggling with this idea at first. Once they start practicing with the Heart-Love Pillow, they will soon understand the concept of kindness and notice all the feel-good emotions that flood their little hearts and make them to want to do more.
Step # 3:
• Ask the kids to write down their acts of kindness on colorful Post-it notes and stick them to their Heart-Love Pillow. The act of thinking about each kindness, expressing it in words and then giving it a special pride of place on the Heart-Love Pillow will automatically make them seem significant and fun.
Step # 4:
• Do this practice every single day. Making them think and write about each kindness they have performed, and then `badging’ them on the Heart-Love Pillow will keep the kids consciously engaged in the activity, and they will benefit from the full-spectrum of its positive effects in a spirit of play and fun.