Back in December we covered how holiday stress can affect teens. One of the ideas that was mentioned as a stress reliever for teens was to partake in random acts of kindness. This is a great idea, with Random Acts of Kindness Week coming up next week during February 14th-20th, teens can continue to spread the kindness. The purpose of this special week is to urge everyone to be kind to each other and especially to be kind for no reason at all. Random acts of kindness or RAKs can be done any day of the week and numerous amounts of times, there is no limit on showing kindness to others! RAKs are selfless acts performed to either assist someone in need or to cheer up a person and make them smile. The driving force behind RAKs is having a selfless concern for the welfare of others. Selflessness focuses on doing good without receiving a reward in return.
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation has put together a very comprehensive website with resources for teens that want to learn more about how kindness affects the world. The RAK Foundation thinks that kindness is a science and that it should be studied very carefully. They have posted studies on kindness and how it can make a difference for teens in their attitudes toward others and how RAKs affect those who receive such kindness.
The RAK Foundation has listed many articles that talk about how kindness helps reduce stress with emphasis on how kindness should be taught to young adults. Stage of Life, a site that is dedicated to helping teens shares the experiences and thoughts on the different stages in their lives asked 344 teens to complete a national survey about RAKs. The survey data displayed staggering results that teens who perform RAKs often find that it reduces stress and boosts their self-esteem. This is excellent news because reducing stress also leads to better physical and emotional health. Continue reading Reality Scoop: Random Acts of Kindness for YA