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Lindsay Munroe is our guest this week, she writes children’s music that supports kindness and positivity.
Thanks for listening to our episode about kindness. In this episode, we speak with musical artist Lindsay Munroe. Lindsay answers the kids crew questions to teach us about her personal history with music, what she loves about making music, who inspires her, and how her music can be a powerful tool for spreading kindness. Complete the activities below to learn more!
“Be kind today, everyone deserves kindness, respect, a friend, reach out to people, include people, be a friend, we all need that.”
Munroe has collaborated with children’s music producer Raffi, who encouraged and inspired her.
Understanding another person’s experience and emotions.
The practice focusing and clearing your mind in order to relax, reduce anxiety, create positivity and feel better overall.
Vocabulary words can be found throughout the page in bold.
As we experience things, our brains recieve, create, and release chemicals such as oxytocin, dopamine, serotonin, and others that have a major affect our mood, thoughts, and emotions.
When people’s brains think and work differenly than what is considered ‘typical’. Some examples include having Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD, and Giftedness.
When something is done on purpose, or planned.
The Science of Kindness
Kindness effects our Brain Chemistry. As we experience things, our brains recieve and release chemical hormones such as oxytocin, dopamine, serotonin, and others that affect our mood, thoughts, and emotions.
Studies have shown that when you perform an act of kindness, it will flood your body with hormones that give you a rush of good feelings. You feel calmer, more connected, and happier, and the person you’re being kind to feels the same way. You’ll both be more energized, feel fewer aches and pains, and get a boost in confidence. Some evidence even shows that kindness affects our DNA in a way that may even help us live longer!
Notetaking Activity: How kindness can have positive effects on your brain
Showing Kindness Is Brave
Showing kindness is a way to express empathy. Empathy is when someone understands another persons experience and emotions. This is not always easy to do, sometimes showing kindness to a specific person is not welcomed by others who are not seeing the value of kindness. You can be brave and show kindness to others when they need it most, and stand up for what is right, even if you are standing alone!
It is especially important to be kind to people who are nuerodivergent. Nuerodivergence is when peoples brains think and work differently than what is considered “typical”. Our guest on the show, Lindsay Munroe explains that she is inspired to promote kindness based on the experience of her children who have autism. “I want others to be kind to them, we all should see what makes us unique and special, everyone deserves respect and friendship.”
Creative Activity: Kindness Song
Our guest is inspired by her children, if there is a skill they working on or need a reminder about, she creates a song, but the messages in her music such as stay flexible, and try new things, work for everyone! For this activity, write a song inspired by someone you care about, in your song include a message that can be useful for everyone!
Meditation is the practice pf focusing and clearing your mind in order to relax, reduce anxiety, create positivity, and more. There are many different ways to meditate but many of them utilize mindfulness, which is having awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Try practicing mindfulness with this kindness meditation challenge:
Get in a comfortable position in a quiet place. Send kind wishes to yourself by repeating these phrases:
I wish for (my name) to be happy.
I wish for (my name) to be healthy.
I wish for (my name) to feel safe and loved.
Now think of someone you care about, bring their image to your mind and send them kind wishes.
I wish for (person’s name) to be happy.
I wish for (person’s name) to be healthy.
I wish for (person’s name) to feel safe and loved.
Take a few slow deep breaths in and out and feel the love and kindness!
Challenge: Loving-Kindess Meditation
Practice mindfulness with one of these guided meditation videos, led by kids!
Center for Child Counseling: Loving-Kindness Mindfulness for Kids
WeeMeditate : Loving Kindness Meditation for Kids
Acts of Kindness
Anyone can show kindness through their thoughts and actions. Acts of kindness can be random, like complimenting a stranger, or they can be more intentional, planned out, and done on purpose. You can show kindess to people, to animals, to plants, to the environment, to objects, and to yourself! You can spread random and intentional acts of kindess with the challenge below.
Challenge: Bee Kind Game
Find the list of acts of kindness and the Bee Kind gameboard in our Kindness Activities
Media Journal: Kindness
Watch and Learn
After watching one or both of the videos, use the guiding questions to reflect on what you learned. Share your information with another person.
What did I already know about this topic?
What did I learn from the video?
What new questions or wonders do I have?
More Activities and Resources
Resources from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
Check out these school based acts of kindness resources from Golden Rule Project
Use these free resources from British Red Cross that include kindness calendars, and wellbeing activities.
Check out these 10 Tips for Being a Friend to a Classmate with an Autism Spectrum Disorder from the University of Nebraska
Parent resources on Kindness and Empathy from PBS
Watch this video about the science behind why doing good makes us feel good, from PBS Newshour
Teachers can use this activity to help kids understand the effects of bullying, from PBS Learning Media
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