I feel World Smile Day was meant for giving! Smiles are the best, easiest and fastest way to give! Whether you give a smile to another or make someone smile that is a give for the day! Our students can easily use smiles to get into the habit of giving every day and this give can be done in the classroom! Here are some giving ideas for your class or school that can be used on World Smile Day, and all year long to get your students in the giving habit.
We love smiles as a daily give for so many reasons. First they are free. Money is not needed to give another person a smile. This makes giving a level playing field, something we believe in for all our daily gives.
Second smiles teach reciprocity and the ripple effect of giving. A smile is contagious. When you smile, you can inspires others to smile, laugh and enjoy a moment; smiles are easy to spread to others and others love to spread them around. When you see someone smiling, you can’t help but smile yourself. These simple acts of giving, these small smile moments, spread from person to person. Now how easy is that for an effective daily give
There is a physical reaction when you smile that does boost your mood. One study even suggests that smiling can help us recover faster from stress and reduce our heart rate. When you smile, your brain releases tiny molecules called neuropeptides to help fight off stress. Then other neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin and endorphins come into play too and create happiness and joy. This happens you smile, this happens when other people smile. This is why smiling is such a great act of giving.
So let’s get our smiles on today! Teach your students an effective but easy way to start giving and see what they do with this information! If you want to continue to give through out the week, or even throughout the school year, have a look at our giving ideas or take the leap and get a school membership for free! Our members have free access to all of our giving resources, with teachers having even more benefits for their students, classrooms and schools. What are you waiting for!