Looking for a well-being strategy for your students? Bring #Do1Give Day to your classroom this year and improve well-being. Science shows that giving makes people happy and this year, April 28 is the day to test drive how giving makes your classroom happier.
Classrooms are a great place to teach giving and let students experience the many benefits of generosity. Most of all giving improves their sense of self by creating happiness. As we give to others it makes us feel good. Those who receive our kindness also feel good. Additionally, giving improves our self-esteem, enhances our well-being and increases our confidence. Once students experience the positive effects of giving, they will want to continue to spread joy long after #Do1Give day.
Send Happy Cards – Have students make a card to send to their friends or family with a note of gratitude or a message of happiness.
Happy Face Pictures – Make happy face paintings and post them around the school. Research shows that seeing a smile makes others smile.
Spread Joy With Post It Notes – Get students to make post it notes for classmates that say one nice thing about that person. Leave the post it note on the students desk for them to enjoy all day.
Plant a garden, flowers or vegetables – Find a spot on the school grounds and plant something to watch it grow and help the environment.
Playground Clean Up – Every playground needs a clean up so you can make a day of it on #Do1give Day. This planet give gets each grade or each class involved in giving back to our planet, one piece of garbage at a time.
Get Moving! – Have older grades give back to younger students by playing games in the gym, or go out for a walk in the neighbourhood or run around the school grounds for some fresh air, exercise and to clear the mind.
#Do1Give Day is the perfect opportunity to start a daily giving routine in the classroom. Giving makes happy brains and happy brains make happy students. Teachers have noticed a difference in their classroom environment after starting a giving routine – students are calmer, more emotionally regulated and have a greater sense of well being. There are more productive and focus on their studies when they are happier.
A happy student carries these feelings home with them with this wave of happiness spilling over into the home life. Parents notice happier kids that feel good about going to school and excited about their giving ideas at school. It’s a win- win for everyone. Families have taken the lead and started a giving practice at home to keep that happiness going!
Use this date to introduce giving into your classroom or school. Our #Do1Give Day resources makes it easy to participate and will guarantee happiness when you follow our event Action Guides. Are you ready to generate a classroom of happy students! Let’s start giving!