At my daughter’s school, they celebrate the Season of Kindness. It starts over the Thanksgiving holiday and carries on until mid-January. They keep track of individual acts of kindness throughout the season and celebrate the sharing of toys, the acts of empathy and little helping hands with a wrap up party.
Oh how I love life from the viewpoint of a child. Where you get free food and a personal visit with the Berenstain Bears just for simply handing a block to a friend. I actually like the idea. Skills in showing sympathy, empathy, helpfulness and sharing are wonderful, indeed, and should be celebrated. I well with pride when I hear my daughter pats a kid on the head after a nasty spill or watch her snuggle with the dog. It certainly helps balance the moments of tantrums and the flexing of independence through the hearty and repeated NO’s.
As an adult, a simple returned smile or a warm hello are always welcome in my book. I certainly don’t expect a balloon or cupcake after handing a dropped pencil back to a co-worker, but I can guarantee it would encourage laughter and affection – two things I will never outgrow.