December Merit Award - KINDNESS & CARING

What is kindness and caring?

  • Showing understanding of others by treating them with compassion, generosity, and a forgiving spirit
  • Being gentle, willing to help, friendly, and considerate
  • Showing concern or sympathy for others
  • Being sensitive to the needs of others
  • Offering support
  • Giving your time, talents, and resources to help others
  • Talking positively about others
  • Considering the needs of others, not just your own

What does kindness/caring look like and sound like?

  • Smiling at those you know and those you don't know
  • Saying "Good Morning"
  • Reminding someone who is feeling down about how special he or she is
  • Saving to buy something nice for someone
  • Donating to a charity
  • Volunteering time to help others in need
  • Cooking a meal for someone
  • Giving friends and family members encouragement and sharing kind words 
  • Asking, "How can I help?" or "How are you?"
  • Doing something nice for somebody--a random act of kindness
  • Cleaning up a space that is shared with others
  • Helping to keep the environment clean
  • Taking care of someone who is sick, or wishing them a quick recovery with a visit or a card

Quotations


"Give to another human being without the expectation of a return." (Bill Bradley)

"Don't wait for people to be kind, show them how." (Unknown)

"Kindness in words creates confidence, kindness in thinking creates profoundness, and kindness in feeling creates love." (Lao-Tzu)

"Constant kindness can accomplish much. As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust, and hostility to evaporate." (Albert Schweitzer)