• A little bit of kindness can make the world a brighter place. Here are 75 ways every middle school can show kindness to the people around them:

     

    1. Smile at everyone you pass in the hallway, in the store, or walking on the sidewalk
    2. Hold the door open for people
    3. Sit by someone who's eating alone
    4. Put your phone away and give someone your full attention
    5. Greet people in the hallways
    6. When you experience something good, share it with people (a book, social media post, YouTube video, article, etc…)
    7. Don’t gossip
    8. Talk to someone you don't usually talk to and try to get to know them
    9. Say please and thank you when you ask for things
    10. Compliment someone
    11. Help a classmate when they're confused
    12. Leave a nice comment on social media
    13. Ask new people to be in your group during class
    14. Ask someone how their day's going and genuinely listen to their response
    15. Make eye contact when you talk to people
    16. Forgive someone when they hurt your feelings (even if they don’t ask for forgiveness)
    17. Give someone positive feedback when they've done something well
    18. Apologize when you mess up
    19. Listen when someone needs to talk
    20. Say thank you a lot
    21. Share your things
    22. Tell people to “have a great day
    23. Post a positive quote or note on social media
    24. Sit at the front of the bus and ask your bus driver about their life
    25. Don’t leave people hanging, follow through when you make a commitment
    26. Give away things you don’t need any more
    27. Don’t judge people
    28. Put a sticky note with a positive message in the hallway above the drinking fountain or bathroom mirror
    29. Ask your teacher about their life and what they enjoy doing when they're not teaching
    30. Give people the benefit of the doubt
    31. Randomly text a nice message to your family and friends
    32. Give someone a hug
    33. Stop talking and listen
    34. Be patient
    35. Let someone go ahead of you in line
    36. Call and talk to someone you haven't spoken to in a while
    37. Tell the principal how great your teachers are
    38. Thank the school cooks for making you yummy food for breakfast and lunch
    39. Say "I love you" to the people you love
    40. Clean the dishes after dinner without being asked
    41. Make sure everyone at the table feels included in the conversation
    42. High five people you pass in the hallway
    43. Write a thank you note to someone
    44. Give someone a thoughtful gift (it doesn't have to be expensive, just thoughtful)
    45. Leave a nice note on someone’s desk
    46. Talk to someone at school that you’ve never talked to before
    47. Bring your bus driver a little treat
    48. Give someone a tissue when they’re crying
    49. Find the goodness in people you don’t always get along with
    50. Be happy for other people
    51. Surprise your friend with their favorite snack
    52. Tell someone why they are special to you
    53. Leave a “have a good day” note in a library book
    54. Happily participate when you really don't want to
    55. Be generous
    56. Write a thoughtful letter or card to someone and mail it to them
    57. Be honest
    58. Help a teacher pass out or collect papers
    59. Offer to clean the whiteboard
    60. Tell your teacher thank you at the end of class
    61. Cheer your classmates on
    62. Give teachers and classmates your full attention when they talk
    63. Tell the truth
    64. Make someone laugh with a silly joke (or meme or YouTube video)
    65. Say thank you when a teacher passes out papers
    66. Don’t complain
    67. Do the tasks that no one else wants to do
    68. Volunteer to tutor or read to elementary students
    69. FaceTime your grandparents
    70. Be inviting: invite someone to your house, eat lunch with you, be on your team, play at lunch recess
    71. When you're arguing or disagreeing with someone, stop and actually listen to their point of view
    72. Don’t interrupt people
    73. Tell your bus driver thank you for getting you to school and home safely
    74. Write a positive message on the sidewalk with colorful chalk
    75. Be selfless, put other people's interest and needs above your own 

     

    Be Kind to Yourself

     

    Along with being kind to others, it's so important to be kind to yourself! Scroll down to discover 25 ways to be kind to yourself:

    1. Forgive yourself
    2. Love your uniqueness
    3. Go outside and play
    4. Don't ignore your feelings and emotions, allow yourself to feel all the emotions and take time to process them
    5. Take a break from technology
    6. Acknowledge and be proud of your strengths
    7. Laugh at yourself
    8. Treat yo self
    9. Remind yourself of your awesomeness
    10. Just have fun
    11. Tell yourself that you are enough 
    12. Don't always play it safe, challenge and push yourself out of your comfort zone
    13. Stop trying to be perfect 
    14. Be a kid
    15. Believe that you are capable of anything 
    16. Be patient with yourself
    17. Ask for help and accept help when it's offered
    18. Accept your mistakes, learn from them, and move on
    19. Take a break from studying
    20. Stop comparing yourself to others
    21. Know that failure means you're trying, use it as a learning tool
    22. Don't settle for mediocrity
    23. Try new things: new food, new books, new music, new places, new friends
    24. Care for your body: go to bed early, get outside and move, and eat healthily
    25. Be your true self