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Being kind can be good medicine
April 15, 2024

By K.J., East Norriton Bulldog Bulletin | What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of why people should be kind to other people? It’s how you want to be treated.

Kindness, however, is more than just about being nice; it is also good for your health.

According to the Mayo Clinic, kindness has been linked to boosting self-esteem and decreasing blood pressure and stress levels.

Mrs. Beidler, East Norriton sixth-grade science and social studies teacher, explained why kindness is important to her.

“I want to feel loved and accepted every day,” said Mrs. Beidler. “When people are kind to each other, it is a ripple effect. Kindness spreads to other people. You do something nice for someone, and they pass that kindness on to others. I think kindness is the best way to live your life.”

“The golden rule is to treat others the way you want to be treated,” said Computer Science Teacher Mrs. DiVirgilio. “I don’t like when people are unkind so that is the first thing that comes to my brain when you ask that question. We are together every day and if we are not nice to each other, the school year will drag and each day will be full of tension.”

“A little kindness can go a long way,” said Special Education Teacher Mrs. Eastburn. “Kindness is when people show they care about each other through their words and actions.”

Vice Principal Dr. Harper explained that kindness is simply being nice to others. “It can be with your words, your actions, your thoughts, or simply how you interact with others even when you are having a rough day,” he said.

Kindness to others can go a long way, according to Special Education Teacher Ms. Brock. “We should show everyone kindness because you never know what people are going through, and everyone deserves to have friends and experiences that make them happy,” she said.

Sixth-grade Science Teacher Mr. Toner agrees. “Basically, we should be kind to each other because it’s the right thing to do. Treat people how you want to be treated, to put good karma out into the world,” Mr. Toner said.

Mrs. Biedler had some great advice: “Make someone’s day just by being kind.”

Illustration by Bodhi, fifth grade, Philadelphia Hebrew Public Charter School.

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