Bring the Great Kindness Challenge to Your School!

Small acts of kindness can make a big difference. That's the message behind the Great Kindness Challenge, which takes place from Jan. 26-30, 2015. It's a school week devoted to performing as many acts of kindness as possible. This awesome idea comes from Kids for Peace—a global non-profit—and it's presented by Dignity Health. We think every teen should participate! And the good news? It's super easy to sign up and get schools involved.

Here's how:

1. Register your school! Fill out the registration form—it can be completed by parents, teachers, or students.

2. Download the Acts of Kindness Toolkit. It includes a checklist filled with more than 50 ideas of how to spread kindness.

3. Create a culture of kindness on campus. Challenge your teens to check off as many items from the checklist in the 5-day period.

See? Sounds simple! To get an idea of what counts (although any kind act works!), here are examples from the checklist:

  • Smile at 25 people
  • Compliment 5 people
  • Read a book to someone younger
  • Tell a joke and make someone laugh
  • Recycle your trash

If you need more inspiration, another great way to create a climate of kindness is by hanging up the "Take A Compliment" flyer from the October issue of Choices. It's filled with positive messages that students can either save for themselves or share with a friend

Did you know that Choices is a teen health, well-being, and life skills magazine? Click here to learn more!