Kindness and Compassion

CONTEXT ARTICLE

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ccording to Aesop, “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.”

Kindness and Compassion go hand in hand and literally define a caring community.

How we treat the sick, the infirm and those less fortunate than ourselves says everything about who we are as a group.

How we treat each other is equally important, both collectively and individually.

One could question if kindness and compassion are innate within us or are they learned behaviours?

The answer is it’s probably a bit of both.

Kindness can also manifest itself as an attitude, a way of thinking and an outlook which is made up of numerous regular and small kind and considerate gestures.

Kindness tends to be reciprocal and being kind often results in receiving kindness in return.

Kindness is contagious in the best possible way. It has a tendency to spread.

Being kind is good for us. Showing kindness does as much, if not more, for the giver as it does for the receiver. It just makes us feel good.

Being kind and compassionate is ultimately a choice. People can choose whether to be kind or unkind, and in the words of the Dalai Lama,

Be kind whenever possible, and it’s always possible.”

CORE MESSAGES

• Being kind means doing caring things for others.

• Being compassionate means caring about others when they are sad or hurt or upset. 

• We can be kind in what we say and what we do.

• Being kind makes all of us feel good inside.

• Kindness spreads – If you are kind, often others will be kind back.

QUESTIONS TO START A CONVERSATION

• Do you like it when others are kind to you?

• How can you show that you can be kind?

• When can you be compassionate to other people?

OUR MANTRA

“If you are compassionate and kind,

you are a friend of mine!”

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HOME ACTIVITY

Here’s a fun printable task to do at home that focuses on Kindness and Compassion.

A4 HOME WALL POSTER

Print these posters as part of a set.

Collect one for each Topic.

CERTIFICATE

For a bit of fun, here’s a completion certificate to print out and complete. Try to collect them all!