Three Kind Wishes
- Participate in an exercise based on Loving-Kindness meditation, which focuses on fostering feelings of kindness, goodwill, and generosity towards others
Research has shown that participating in Loving-Kindness meditation leads to an increase of positive emotions, which then supports the growth of social relationships, purposefulness, life satisfaction, and other beneficial outcomes. Educators should use this exercise as an opportunity to foster students’ mindfulness and kindness as they gain awareness of their own emotions and send kind wishes to others and the world around them.
To learn more about these skills, and how they promote students’ healthy growth and the development of empathy, please check out our Empathy Framework.
Engage students in the “Three Kind Wishes” exercise by playing the video below. Alternatively, there is also a script that you can read to students.
- Sit in a way that is comfortable for you, and close your eyes if you want to.
- Think about someone who you care deeply about. How do you feel when you think about them? Send them kind wishes by silently repeating the following phrases: “May you be happy. May you be loved.”
- Now, think about someone who you have seen around, but don’t know very well. How do you feel when you think about them? Send them kind wishes by silently repeating the following phrases: “May you have good health. May you stay safe.”
- Finally, think about yourself. How do you feel when you think about yourself? Send yourself kind wishes by silently repeating the following phrases: “May you find peace. May you be strong. May you feel proud of yourself.”
- Imagine a circle starting with yourself, then growing to include people you care about, people you might not always get along with, people you don’t know, and finally, surrounding the world around you. Send out kind wishes to every person and every living creature inside this circle.
- Notice how you feel after sending out these kind wishes. What emotions are you experiencing? What sensations are you experiencing in your body?
If students in both classes have individual devices (e.g., mobile phone, tablet, laptop, etc.)...
Use a platform such as Google Meet, Zoom, or Microsoft Teams which allows you to screen-share during a video call.
One educator should set up the Kahoot! game and share the code with students in both classes by following this tutorial about using Kahoot! in a remote learning environment, and share their screen so everyone can follow along.
If students in either class don’t have individual devices...
Follow the same instructions above, with one educator starting the game and sharing their screen so both classes can follow along.
Instead of students joining the game to answer the questions, they can hold up their fingers, call out their answer, or use a paper template to indicate their response.