Acts of Kindness: Show Your Kids How Doing Good Leads to Happiness
written by Ashley Soderlund Ph.D., posted on nurtureandthriveblog
It was the end of the year party for my son’s preschool class. We all met at a park — the parents, teachers, and kids. I started chatting with a friend and realized I didn’t see my son on the playground. I turned around and saw him at the snack table, his two grubby hands wrist-deep in a bowl of cookies.
He grabbed two handfuls and started running, not to eat them himself, but to pass out to his friends. He passed them around (including to babies too young to have cookies Gah!) before I could catch up to him.
Looking back I can see how grabbing those cookies, while impulsive, was an act of pure generosity born out of excitement and joy. At the time, I was one exhausted mama just trying to keep my 3-year-old’s hands out of the cookie bowl!