Kindness is the secret recipe to a healthy, happy and fulfilled life…
So, why should we practise being kind?
Being kind and sharing kindness is just the best, not just for those on the receiving end of a good deed, but the giver too. Did you know it’s been scientifically proven that positive feelings are heaped on both the receiver and the giver of random acts of kindness? How amazing is that?
And more – the power of kindness is truly potent and the happiness it brings is contagious – creating a beautiful ripple effect.
All children naturally have kindness in them; we don’t have to teach this to them. They intuitively understand how it works and that it makes them happier. Sadly, we tend to lose this natural instinct as we get older, however not all is lost. With a conscious effort to be kind we can all reap the benefits of being kind.
When we focus on the upcoming Christmas season, we mainly think about all the things we need to do. The present we have to buy (and wrap), the decorations we need to hang, the events we have to attend, the food we need to buy, prep and cook…and on and on. All of these ‘things’ we feel obligated to do to create a special Christmas brings with it a great deal of anxiety and stress – the opposite really of what Christmas is meant to be about.
On top of that, I got so sick of starting every day leading up to Christmas feeding my kids chocolates and battling with the expectations of just giving and having! I needed to find a different, more meaningful, and fun way to get into and celebrate the holiday season.
So, I started to introduce Random Acts of Kindness with my family instead of rushing around trying to get my to-do list sorted. It was honestly the best thing I ever did!
And what a better way than to introduce Random Acts of Kindness to your family than by using a Kindness Advent calendar? It helps to create new yet long-lasting memories and traditions filled with connection rather than ‘stuff’.
Days until Advent Calendar starts
By using an advent calendar that also focuses on self-reflection and positive affirmations, you are teaching your kids more about being, appreciation, looking after each other and simply spreading joy and love.
But you might wonder how you can positively focus on bringing everyone together to be kind to one another this Christmas season. While it should be precisely about that, in fact, it’s probably the most stressful time of the year instead.
How about filling your kids up with kindness instead of chocolates this Christmas?
When I first introduced the Positive Affirmation Advent Calendar last Christmas, I noticed a significant shift in my kids very quickly – as well as in myself and everyone around us. To be present, here and now, and share positive feelings every day with each other creates an unforgettable Christmas holiday with lots of happy and fulfilled faces.
Small, as well as big acts of kindness, make a massive difference for everyone. They can make someone feel seen, be the start of a new friendship, or even break a pattern of estrangement or isolation. Our Kindness Advent Calendar will not only remind your kids but also everyone else in the family to share what we all have naturally: Kindness.
6 ways the Kindness Advent Calendar will help your family
- Shifting the focus from chocolates to kindness and connection instead
- Giving you an all-in-one, fun and interactive Advent Calendar saving you the time and guilt trying to do it all yourself
- Teaching your child a positive mindset by helping them build confidence and resilience
- Shifting the focus from receiving gifts to kindness and appreciation
- Creating beautiful conversations on a much deeper level than ever before
- Reconnecting to the ‘golden rule’ of treating others the way they want to be treated
How does the Kindness Advent Calendar work?
Each day, starting from December 1st until Christmas, your kids (and you!) will open a door just like you do with a ‘traditional’ Advent Calendar. Instead of chocolate, the little ones will find an Act of Kindness Challenge behind the door.
One simple example is to appreciate that we are all different and the challenge will be to learn, "How are you?" in another language. Maybe your kids have a friend at school or kindergarten who was born in another country. They can go and ask them how to ask, “How are you?” in their native language. As a sign of appreciation of our difference, they are now able to ask how they are in another language.
What’s else is hiding behind the doors?
Behind every door, there's also a hidden reusable sticker. The kids can use these to decorate the Christmas scene on the calendar or on something they make for others. Or perhaps on a little note with a nice message for a friend or neighbour.
On the back of the Advent Calendar, a scratchy tracker with uplifting affirmations is used to stay motivated and inspired when completing the Act of Kindness Challenges.
The smallest Act of Kindness make the biggest difference
Every day you and the kids will be reminded that the smallest Act of Kindness can make such a big difference. The Kindness Advent Calendar is meant for your kids, but it'll be such an enriching experience for the whole family!
You will see how doing something good for others, and themselves will make your little ones excited about the next challenge. It works because being kind is very contagious, like a simple smile or a yawn; it affects the whole family and everyone around you.
Do I have time for Sharing Kindness?
You might say now that there's not enough time to concentrate on this - because yes, Christmas is a very stressful time.
And you're right, those Acts of Kindness won't cook the Christmas dinner or buy the presents. But if you only take a little moment each day to use The Kindness Advent Calendar it will fill your stressful day with joy and caring.
You will start the day with a completely different mindset. And trust me, where you would typically get stressed out, you can smile, take a deep breath and grab the problem by the horns with much more energy.
What if my child is already kind, is this for me?
Or perhaps you think that your children are already kind enough and don't need to learn kindness - congratulations, you did a fabulous job!
But it's not about teaching our kids to just be kind. Like I've mentioned before; usually, kids have it in them naturally. It's about reminding them to spread joy and thankfulness, especially in a stressful time. It might be useful for you to start believing in the magic of Christmas again and not detesting it because of all the duties and responsibilities that come with it.
Maybe you also might say that you don't have the extra money for the calendar because you already have to buy so many presents. With this Kindness Advent Calendar you give your kids and the whole family a priceless gift every day, not only in December but all year round - the gift of kindness, confidence, and resilience that keeps giving
The priceless gift of resilience and confidence
There's nothing more significant than the gift of confidence and resilience you can give to your children.
To be kind and sharing kindness makes everyone happy. With this shift in my children, I could also feel a change in myself. Suddenly the holiday season was mainly about talking about how it makes everyone feel when my kids told me about the experience, they made with the Act of Kindness Challenge. Those smiles! Simply priceless!
A little act of kindness every day means a happy Christmas for everyone. It's about giving away a small act of kindness or friendliness every day and doing something good for others, but also yourself.
Create a Christmas filled with precious and meaningful moments for long-lasting memories with this Christmas Advent Calendar that will be with you forever!