I recently read a blog about this, and I wanted to share it with you.
“Treat others as you would like to be treated – I am sure many of us would lose count of how many times we were reminded of this as children.
Yet in so many instances throughout our lives, we see many adults throwing this out of the window, in the name of urgency, efficiency and the busy-ness of family life in general.
We now know, through current research around brain based learning and eastern philosophies and also a good dose of common sense – we know that being kind, showing care and compassion ( our YCDI Getting Along foundation) is not only crucial to humanity but our general overall health.
“Research from Stanford University have found that as little as two weeks of practising kindness, care and compassion has a positive psychological effect on the body.” What this means for our general health is that it can lower blood pressure, boost our immune response and increase our ability to be calm ( which means it decreases anxiety). In other words if it was a pill we would take it.
At Main Arm, as part of our YCDI foundations and school target areas, we know how vital it is to help our students and our learning community actively practise kindness, care and compassion to help us all lead happier and healthier lives.”
We will be teaching our students how to be more mindful through our weekly YCDI lessons, by helping our students understand how the brain works, through our weekly yoga sessions and of course in our classroom. We know that by helping our students to sit or lie quietly enhances the production of the hormone oxytocin.
Oxytocin is usually released at times of nurturing and eases anxiety and stress related symptoms. Current research states that it also increases our generosity.
Our Friendship afternoon last week was another example where we provide opportunities for our students to increase their generosity through kind, caring and compassionate behaviours. Our Buddy program provides time for our students to learn and practise these vital qualities, along with daily moments to be still and calm.
I am proud of the way our students have been responding to our program and I know they will continue to keep growing each day. Let’s all work together to help our children.
Dr Libby lists 5 ways we can all help to deepen our compassion, kindness and caring qualities which in turn will help our students:-
- Look for similarities rather than differences when it comes to challenging relationships, issues or problems.
- Suspend your judgment and let the other person express themselves freely – respond to the sentiment not just the words as many people have trouble expressing their thoughts clearly.
- Drop the judgment – we are all on the journey of life.
- Reflect on your behaviour and be committed to keep learning.
- Random acts of kindness – you never know how a simple gesture will make someone’s day.“ Whenever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for a kindness” SenecaAt Main Arm we want the best so let’s all continue to touch one another’s lives in every way that we can. I look forward to seeing you all at our barbeque tomorrow afternoon.