How You Can Celebrate World Kindness Day
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Wednesday 13 November is World Kindness Day. In this day and age we are so accustomed to hearing and reading about tragedies and sadness it has become more important than ever to be the kindness we want to see in the world. This is why the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation wants to make kindness the norm.
Why should we make kindness the norm?
When you think about it, there is so much negativity around us every day. It has become normal for us to focus on the negative, or at least think about the negative aspects of our lives more than the positive. It takes effort and thought to identify the positives and focus on that instead. In order to make our lives better, we need to make more of an effort. We can do this by bring more intentional and incorporating random acts of kindness into our everyday lives. By bringing joy to other people with kindness we will experience happiness ourselves. Plus we would expect to be the recipients of a random act of kindness someday too.
The science of kindness
Believe it or not, there are physical and emotional benefits to being kind. Being kind or even just witnessing a kind act produces oxytocin, which helps to lower blood pressure and improve heart health. Being kind increases your energy levels, improves your self-esteem and lowers the likelihood of depression. Incredibly, it can even increase your lifespan. So there are multiple selfish reasons why we should be kind.
Random acts of kindness
Not sure how you can incorporate kindness into your everyday life? Here are a few simple ideas:
- Send a friend or family member a nice Whatsapp message
- Give someone a compliment
- Be nice to your waiter
- Leave coins at the laundromat
- Buy a colleague a cup of coffee
- Send someone a bunch of flowers
- Offer to do someone’s grocery shopping
- Send a postcard
- Take a new mom a home-cooked meal
- Donate clothes or books to a charity
- Be polite on the road
How to celebrate World Kindness Day in the classroom
As a teacher, you have the power to introduce kindness into your classrooms and influence your students to do random acts of kindness too. In the classroom you can set up activities which will show your students how being kind can help themselves as well as other people. You can give them ideas on how to incorporate kindness into their lives.
Here are a few of our favourite ways to bring kindness into the classroom:
Let your students write lists of what they are grateful for in their lives. Building on this list, they can identify people in their lives who would be an appropriate recipient of an act of kindness in return for the role they play in their lives.
Stories of kindness
Find a relevant story of an act of kindness and use the article as the basis for a lesson. Learning about examples of kindness will give your students ideas on what they can do.
Give your students a kindness task to do – they choose from some ideas or pick out of a hat or think of one themselves. When they have done it they can present it to the class or write an article on it.
Get your students to create cards to thank someone for something. They can thank their mom for making their lunches everyday, or their siblings for being so supportive, or their postman for delivering their mail – anything that will bring a smile to someone’s face!
Teach a lesson on how to give compliments in English and get your students to practice them in class before handing out compliments in their real lives.
- The British Council has a free lesson plan with exercises and a worksheet on their Learning English website.
World Kindness Day may seem like a bit of a gimmick but as a teacher it’s possible for you to reach a lot of people and make a big difference to the world. Not only that, but you yourself can take your lessons on board and carry out your own random acts of kindness. Now go forth and be kind!
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- If we find that the personal information we are processing about you is inaccurate, we will take appropriate steps to correct the information.
Personal information is no longer needed by ELEARNING FUTURES LTD but needed by you in connection with a legal claim
- In most circumstances, we will securely delete or dispose of personal information when we no longer need it for our legitimate business purposes. Our approach to retention is outlined in our corporate retention schedules.
- However, if the personal information we no longer need would assist you in establishing, exercising or defending a legal claim, you can require us to keep the information for as long as necessary. We may ask you to provide an explanation and any available supporting evidence that a legal claim is ongoing or contemplated.
Right to erasure of personal data (“the right to be forgotten”)
In the following circumstances, you have the right to require that ELEARNING FUTURES LTD securely deletes or destroys your personal information:
- If the personal information we hold about you is no longer necessary for the purposes for which we originally collected it.
- The processing is based on consent – if you have previously given your consent to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD collecting and processing your personal information, and you notify us that you withdraw your consent. Please note: withdrawing your consent does not mean the processing of your personal data which occurred before the withdrawal was unlawful.
- We are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes, and you want us to stop.
- If you think ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has processed your personal information unlawfully.
If you think any of the above situations apply, we may ask you for an explanation and further information to verify this.
Right to object to processing
You have the right to object to the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD processing your personal data in the following circumstances:
Personal information used for direct marketing
If we are using your personal information to send you direct marketing, you have the right to object at any time. If you exercise this right, we will stop processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes. However, we may keep your information on a “suppression list” to ensure your information is not added to any marketing lists at some point in the future.
Automated decision making and profiling
- ‘Profiling’ is the automated use of personal data held on a computer to analyse or predict things that have a legal effect, or other similarly significant effects, on the individual. Examples would include economic situation, health, personal preferences or interests and location. You have the right not to be subject to a solely automated decision (that is, a decision made electronically, with no human intervention), and this may include profiling (although there is no general right to object to profiling). If you are concerned the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD has made a solely automated decision about you, you can object.
- Please note, ELEARNING FUTURES LTD is allowed to carry out automated decisions with no human intervention where you have given your explicit consent to this processing (although you have the right to withdraw your consent).
- We are also permitted to make automated decisions with no human intervention in the following circumstances:
- The automated decision is necessary to enter into, or perform a contract, or complete a contract involving you and the ELEARNING FUTURES LTD.
- The automated decision is allowed under a law passed at the European Union level, or at the level of the European Union or EEA member state level (i.e., is allowed under national law). The law will provide safeguards to protect your rights and freedoms.
However, you still have a general right to object in both of the above circumstances, providing reasons why you think the processing is having a negative effect on you. If you do object, we will carefully consider your reasons, and decide whether to review the decision-making process in your specific case.
Right to data portability
- If you have provided your information to ELEARNING FUTURES LTD, you have the right to request and receive a copy of that information in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format.
- You also have the right to ask us to send the information we hold about you to another organisation.
- There are some situations in which the right to data portability does not apply. For further information, please contact us.
Exercising your rights concerning the processing of your personal information
If you wish to exercise any of the above rights concerning the way in which we process your personal information, please contact:
Risk Management Team
ELEARNING FUTURES LTD,
21-22 Old Steine,
Email: [email protected]
Your right to complain to a national data protection regulator (data protection supervisory authority)
- If you think we have processed your personal information unfairly or unlawfully, or we have not complied with your rights under GDPR, you have the right to complain to a national data protection regulator.
- Complaints about how we process your personal information can be considered by the data protection regulator.