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7 Human Kindness Videos for Schools to Increase Happiness

Are you a teacher looking for ways to create a more positive and kinder classroom environment? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Using kindness videos that motivate and inspire children is one technique to encourage compassion and increase happiness in the classroom. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of small acts of kindness videos that are perfect for schools and can help make your classroom a happier place. From charming animations to TED Talks, there is something here for everyone. So, gather your class around and enjoy some great kindness videos that will help spread kindness and create a positive classroom atmosphere.


1. The Power of Empathy

by Brené Brown

Animated and directed by Katy Davis (AKA Gobblynne) 2:53

In this animated talk, Brown explores the concept of empathy and its transformative power in our lives. She discusses the difference between empathy and sympathy, and how cultivating empathy can create meaningful connections with others and foster a sense of belonging.

2. Kindness Boomerang Video

by Life Vest Inside

The 5 minute kindness video showcases how small acts of kindness can create a positive ripple effect, inspiring others to pay it forward and create a chain reaction of kindness. In this video, we see people from all walks of life perform simple acts of kindness, such as giving a compliment or helping someone in need. These acts of kindness, in turn, inspire others to do the same, creating a beautiful cycle of generosity and goodwill. “Kindness Boomerang” is a powerful reminder that even the smallest acts of kindness can have a big impact on the world around us.

3. The Science of Kindness

by Random Act of Kindness Foundation

The video explores the psychological and physiological benefits of being kind, including reduced stress and anxiety, increased happiness, and improved relationships. We also see how kindness can be contagious, inspiring others to be kind and creating a ripple effect of positivity. “The Science of Kindness” is a powerful reminder of the importance of kindness in our lives and its potential to create a happier, healthier, and more connected world.

4. The Giving Tree

by Shel Silverstein

Animated by Animated Children’s Book

“The Giving Tree” is a beloved children’s book written and illustrated by Shel Silverstein. The story follows the relationship between a young boy and a tree, which gives selflessly to the boy throughout his life. The animated adaptation of “The Giving Tree” brings the beloved story to life on screen. The animation captures the essence of the book, conveying its themes of love, selflessness, and sacrifice in a way that is both entertaining and moving.


5. Alike

by Daniel Martínez Lara & Rafa Cano Méndez

The moving and thought-provoking 8-minute short film “Alike”, tells the tale of a father and son who live in a gray, monotonous world where everyone is expected to follow the same rules and expectations. Despite the pressures to conform, the father encourages his son to pursue his passions and stay true to himself.


6. Spread Kindness to Increase Happiness

 by Sesame Street

This 2 minute video features Elmo and his friends asking kids how to spread kindness and love through simple actions. Kids give candid answers about sharing, saying “please” and “thank you”, and giving hugs.


7. How to Be Happy Every Day: It Will Change the World

by Jacqueline Way

Jacqueline Way, the founder of 365give, teaches us in her motivational TED Talk that happiness is not only attainable but also has the potential to change our lives and the world. She describes her path of learning how to nurture happiness in our daily lives in simple yet significant ways. She also emphasizes the contagious nature of kindness and how it may change both the giver and the receiver.

YouTube Videos to Motivate Kindness and Increase Happiness

These seven videos about kindness provide strong messages that might motivate both students and instructors to foster a more sympathetic and caring learning atmosphere. You can support your student’s growth in empathy, kindness, and a feeling of community by including these movies in your classes and discussions. Let’s all do something today to show kindness and improve the world, beginning in our own classrooms. Together, we can create a brighter future for ourselves and for generations to come.

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