Kindness. It costs nothing but means everything.

Kindness. It costs nothing but means everything.

Hi there – and welcome back to #WelfareWednesday. Is it that time of the week already?

I hope you’re all having a good week so far! We certainly are at Studio. This week’s theme is kindness, as I have seen so much kindness around school. It’s heart warming to see our students taking care of our community.

Not loud, ostentatious gestures but very simple things that help someone else or make their day just that little bit brighter. I’ve seen students holding the doors open for each other, telling each other that their shoes laces are undone and moving up a space at the lunch table so that someone from another group can sit down.

Why be kind?

Kindness releases feel-good hormones. Have you ever noticed that when you do something nice for someone else, it makes you feel better too?

Research shows that doing nice things for others boosts your serotonin, the neurotransmitter responsible for feelings of satisfaction and well-being.

Like exercise, altruism also releases endorphins, a phenomenon known as a “helper’s high.” So being kind really is a win-win situation for you and the person you have been kind to.

A thank-you note for me!

One of our students from Jordan left her bag in the Common Room this week, so I brought it over to Reception and kept it safe for her to pick up the next day.

A handwritten note underneath a bar of Galaxy Vanilla Creme chocolate, reading, 'Thank you so much for finding my backpack and making it easier for me to find it. You were so kind and lovely Amy but since it's my last day I hope you accept this chocolate as a 'thanks' [doodle of heart]'.

She then left me this touching note and bar of chocolate on my desk, which I found on Monday morning. It was very small kind gesture but it meant so much to the student. Thank you again for the chocolate! And what a testament to her English learning!

Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind.

Henry James

I like this quote very much.

Kindness strengthens your heart physically and emotionally. Maybe that’s why they say that nice, caring people have really big hearts?

Lots of love,

Six hands of people with a variety of different skin tones coming together in the shape of a heart on a dusty pink background.