The latest health kick for kids: kindness

Why acts of kindness mean so much—for the receiver and the giver

Teenager Abby Jones had an idea for something meaningful to do during the pandemic: “She started filling jars with dried rosebuds and glitter—little fairy jars for kids in the neighborhood to find,” says mom Brooke Jones, vice president of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

Abby placed them in public pathways and parks. The local kids were so thrilled that she followed up with handmade, giant bubble wands. Says Jones, “She was looking for something to cheer others up—it ended up cheering her up!”

Acts of kindness can be rewarding, but it turns out doing things for others is more than just uplifting. It can promote good health, making it an extra-big gift for kids during a pandemic. "We know that being kind goes a heck of a long way to make us feel better,” says Stanley Spinner, vice president and chief medical officer of Texas Children’s Pediatrics and Texas Children’s Urgent Care.