“’Be selfless, if only for selfish reasons’ is one of my favorite paradoxes. Generous acts strengthen our bonds with others, and what’s more, studies show that happiness is often boosted more by providing support to other people than receiving it.” – Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project
As a bucket list blogger, I am always interested in encouraging others to start their own bucket lists.
Happiness scholars and even certain governments are arguing that the study of happiness should be an equally important part of curriculums, along with other subjects. Consider how well students will perform in other areas if they have high well being.
If you’re a parent, teacher, or a professor I hope to encourage you to ask your child/children/students to participate in this project (as the end of the year approaches, I thought some teachers might want to offer it as an extra credit opportunity or even just for fun; the project is meant to apply to students of any age, including kindergartners or college students!):
1). Ask your children/students to perform one kind act for someone else that they have never done before. (They can consider the act crossed off their bucket lists once it is complete).
You can also use this list to give them some ideas or they can come up with their own idea.
2). Ask them to email you a photo of them doing the kind act and to type a short paragraph describing what they did and how it made them feel. If everyone is comfortable, forward the emails to me and I will share the responses on my blog (no names or personal info will be included).
While of course students can send photos from other times they’ve done kind acts, I’d like to think most of them will take this opportunity as a fun one and abide by the honor system 🙂
3). I will give out prizes to the child I believe has the most interesting kind act/write up, class with the most students participating, and the class with the most unique ideas.
4). If you are interested, please either post a comment below or email me at Projectlighttolife@yahoo.com and we can try to work out details and a deadline that works for you.
What do you guys think? Is anyone interested? I’d love to hear from you!
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