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Choose Kindness Movement

Choose Kindness Movement is program designed to help

Choose Kindness Movement

Students, Staff, Parents and Community

Mr. McElhaney is sponsoring a club to reinforce a positive school climate that supports our students' academic, social, emotional, and personal well-being.  It also will help build awareness of strategies that support social emotional learning.  The goal of this club is to share ideas that help people become happier, healthier, and successful through a series of Cognitive  Strategies. 

This program is based on the best research for positive Social and Emotional Learning, Character Education, Emotional Intelligence, Neuroscience and Mindfulness.


Choose Kindness Movement will help students create a place where they are safe, compassionate, and connected.  Choose Kindness Movement will boost students’ self-esteem, improves communication and relationship skills, creates greater pro-social behavior… 


Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) website- http://www.casel.or


Choose Kindness Movement endeavors to improve Social Emotional Learning helps kids develop:




Personal responsibility




Social Awareness

Relationship Skills

Responsible Decision-Making


Choose Kindness Movement offers Cognitive Strategies that center of 4 Pillars of CharacterCourageGratitudeForgivenessCompassion 

Each of these strategies will help students process life experiences in more positive ways.  Students and staff who embrace this program will help create a more positive school culture and a build a community of shared values.


The 4 Pillars of Character

Use Cognitive Strategies to process experiences.

By using these strategies to think about experiences, people, and your reaction to them... you can be more positive, reduce interpersonal conflict, be more understanding, feel better, and be more accurate in your appraisal of reality...

It's all about how you think about the issue.









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 This program is a modification of the

This foundation was created by the mother of a child killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.


Mindful Minute Meditations to help relieve stress

Day 1. Let it go

Day 2. Breathe

Day 3. Smile

Day 4. Ride the Wave

Day 5. Bounce Back

Day 6. Loving Kindness

Day 7. Grateful Me


• Lowers cortisol levels (cortisol causes stress)
• Decreases the sympathetic nervous system (which causes the fight,
flight or freeze mode when you are angry, scared, or anxious)
• Increases your immune system function (which boosts your health)
• Increases connections in the brain
• Improves your concentration
• Improves attention span
• Increases activity in the pre-frontal cortex of the brain
(the place in charge of planning and judgment)
• Improved cognitive function
• Reduces depression
• Reduces anxiety and nervousness
• Reduces self-doubt
• Increases happiness
• Increases compassion



Welcome and Introduction to the Choose Love Enrichment Program:


The Formula for Choosing Love:


Choose Love Program Info and Helpful Hints:


The Neuroscience of the Choose Love Enrichment Program:


Choose Love High School Enrichment Program 45 Days Series

The following can be used as social media messages and/or writing/discussion prompts:

45 Days of Courage:

45 Days of Gratitude:

45 Days of Forgiveness:

45 Days of Compassion in Action: