Can bullying be overcome

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Kindness is a type of behavior marked by acts of generosity, consideration, or concern for others, without expecting praise or reward. Kindness was one of the main topics in the Bible. In Book II of "Rhetoric", Aristotle defines kindness as "helpfulness towards someone in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person helped".[1] Nietzsche considered kindness and love to be the "most curative herbs and agents in human intercourse".[2] Kindness is considered to be one of the Knightly Virtues.[3] In Meher Baba's teachings, God is synonymous with kindness: "God is so kind that it is impossible to imagine His unbounded kindness!"[4] In human mating choice, studies suggest that both men and women value kindness and intelligence in their prospective mates, along with physical appearance, attractiveness, social status, and age.[5][6]
Being Kind is not easy. In fact, it is very complex. If kindness had been a simple behavioral trait, then everyone would have been kind, and no one would have experienced meanness or bullying. A world in which Kindness is the norm is an ideal world. When we ask if it is possible to have homes, schools, communities where Kindness is the norm, the answer would be Yes. However to do so, we need to teach, model, and reward kindness.
For being kind, one needs to think about the needs and concerns of others. Inculcating the behavior of volunteering to help others and work for that affect their communities helps in developing Kindness and empathy. Compassionate thinking and generous actions demonstrate kindness.
Unfortunately, in many schools, negative behaviors such as bullying results in punishment which is thought to reduce this kind of behaviour in future. On the contrary, research shows that for “zero-tolerance” and to end bullying and violence punishment-based approaches do not work. Given this knowledge, it makes better sense to focus on teaching and modeling behaviors such as kindness and empathy.
Ways to Teach Kindness
• Mindfulness involves becoming aware of the specific thought, emotion, or behavior. This means that by being mentally flexible, and through training, even young children can learn kindness.
• Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) teaches kindness by focusing on cooperation, responsibility, self-control, empathy, and provides specific actions to build these skills.
• Acts of Kindness are actions such as doing something nice to others. Doing acts of kindness cause positive ripple effects to those who experience and witness kindness.
Impact of Teaching Kindness
Elementary school students who performed three acts of kindness per week saw that they were significantly more accepted by their peers compared to kids who did not perform three kind acts of kindness. Students who are taught kindness are more empathic, more socially aware, and connected. They also receive higher grades. Be kind—it is free, and the payback is good for all!

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Word Lists:

Empathic : showing an ability to understand and share the feelings of another

Empathy : the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Norm : something that is usual, typical, or standard

Behavior : the way in which one acts or conducts oneself, especially toward others

Compassionate : feeling or showing sympathy and concern for others

Self-control : the ability to control oneself, in particular one's emotions and desires or the expression of them in one's behavior, especially in difficult situations

Cooperation : the process of working together to the same end

Elementary : relating to the basic elements of a subject

Mentally : in a manner relating to the mind

Specific : clearly defined or identified


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