"Today, December 8th, we talked about the topic: “Sharing is caring” in our English class.
First we discussed the title, then we read a very interesting article about sharing. The text was about kindness and how it helps our mental and physical health. It turns out that being kind to others affects our feelings more than we thought.
Did you know that when you are kind to others as well as when others are kind to you, the hormone oxytocin is released? Oxytocin lowers heart pressure and therefore protects our heart. It also reduces levels of inflammation in our body, which helps with all sorts of illnesses and even slows aging.
But you don’t have to find a successful charity organization to be kind, because even making a compliment is an act of kindness. Or as Khalil Gibran said: “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention.”.
An Irish school in Clonakilty took that very seriously and instead of homework, the students tried to help others around Christmas time. For example: They visited care homes, helped their parents or wrote a card to relatives.
After we had talked about the article, we collected ideas about what we could do to integrate small acts of kindness in our daily routine. We came up with different ideas like: Giving people compliments, send letters to friends, share food and other things with people around you, call a friend you haven’t spoken to for a while, …
We all agreed that we want to be kinder now.
Merry Christmas and happy sharing!"