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School Assembly on Kindness - as something which takes strength, and is not a source of weakness, as soemthing which gives ourlives meaning, as soemthing which fear stops us doing

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Kindness

  1. 1. Kindness Sixth Form Assesmbly
  2. 2. Our Guides to kindness <ul><li>Viktor Frankl </li></ul><ul><li>Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myrna </li></ul>
  3. 3. Viktor Frankl <ul><li>Neurologist and Psychiatrist </li></ul><ul><li>Logotherapy </li></ul><ul><li>Holocaust survivor </li></ul><ul><li>Auschwitz </li></ul>
  4. 4. Kindness as a choice <ul><li>In concentration camps </li></ul><ul><li>“How do you keep your sense of self-worth?” </li></ul><ul><li>“How do you prevent others dictating your value?” </li></ul><ul><li>“How do you stay true to yourself?” </li></ul>
  5. 5. Kindness as way of staying true to yourself <ul><li>You can allow other people to change how you are and who you are – allow yourself to become selfish and self-seeking </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Stay true to yourself through acts of kindness to everyone </li></ul><ul><li>Kindness gives meaning to our lives </li></ul>
  6. 6. Kindness as strength <ul><li>Being kind involves making yourself vulnerable </li></ul><ul><li>Only those who are strong feel able to be vulnerable </li></ul>
  7. 7. Mental and Physical Benefits of Kindness <ul><li>Reduces stress </li></ul><ul><li>Increases sense of self-worth </li></ul><ul><li>Increases emotional resilience </li></ul><ul><li>Improves immunity system </li></ul><ul><li>A more optimistic and happier outlook on life </li></ul><ul><li>A sense of exhilaration and euphoria </li></ul><ul><li>An increase in energy </li></ul><ul><li>A feeling of being healthy </li></ul><ul><li>Decreased feelings of loneliness, depression and helplessness </li></ul>1/3
  8. 8. Mental and Physical Benefits <ul><li>A sense of connectedness with others </li></ul><ul><li>A greater sense of calmness and relaxation </li></ul><ul><li>Increased longevity </li></ul><ul><li>Better weight control </li></ul><ul><li>An improvement in insomnia </li></ul><ul><li>A reduction in pain </li></ul>2/3
  9. 9. Mental and Physical Benefits <ul><li>Increased body warmth </li></ul><ul><li>A healthier cardiovascular system (reduction of high blood pressure, improved circulation, reduced coronary disease) </li></ul><ul><li>A reduction of excessive stomach acid </li></ul><ul><li>A decrease of oxygen requirement </li></ul><ul><li>Relief from arthritis and asthma </li></ul><ul><li>Speedier recovery from surgery </li></ul><ul><li>Reduced cancer activity </li></ul>3/3
  10. 10. What is the opposite of kindness? <ul><li>Those who say: </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’m not picking that up” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Nothing to do with me” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’ll show him respect as long as he does the same” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I give as good as I get” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’m only sticking up for myself” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I’m not apologising” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I don’t want to look like a push-over” </li></ul>What is the opposite of kindness? Fear
  11. 11. What is false kindness? <ul><li>Being “nice” in order to avoid conflict, confrontation </li></ul><ul><li>When it is more about being kind to ourselves </li></ul><ul><li>Telling someone their work is good when it is not </li></ul><ul><li>Turning a blind eye when someone is doing something wrong </li></ul><ul><li>Pretending a problem does not exist </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Kindness is a choice </li></ul><ul><li>Kindness is a way of staying true to yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Kindness takes strength </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of kindness is weakness </li></ul><ul><li>Beware of false kindness </li></ul><ul><li>Kindness is good for the giver and receiver </li></ul><ul><li>Kindness is not easy </li></ul>
  13. 13. What is the challenge for us?
  14. 14. What about our second guide? <ul><li>Saint Nicholas, Bishop of Myrna </li></ul><ul><li>Reputation for secret gift-giving </li></ul><ul><li>Santa Claus </li></ul>

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