The Magic of Kindness

The Happy Secret to a Harmonious & Productive School

An Assembly Program by Dave & Bill Mettler of Quiet Riot

Researched by:  Children's Hospital of the King’s Daughters


A mother packs an extra clementine in her child’s lunch box and tells her son who is having trouble making friends at school to give the extra tangerine to someone—his choice.  The boy, Asher, goes to school and class starts.  Sarah, who is usually part of the breakfast program, is brought to school late. Asher gives her the clementine.  Sarah is sparked by her breakfast gift and during math, she helps Tarik with a math problem.  The teacher is inspired by Sarah, to think about encouraging “student mentors” in each subject. During recess, Tarik, a good soccer player, sees Asher sitting alone and invites him to join the game.

This is the ripple effect of Kindness—it happens because we humans are social beings, we survive and flourish in groups. Acts of kindness lead to a harmonious and productive learning community.

Our brain and our being is “hard-wired” to connect with others so the ripple effect of kindness happens inside us too. When we do an act of kindness, neuro-transmitters are triggered in our brain:   serotonin for calming, oxytocin for bonding and dopamine for feeling happy—being positive in the present. 

These neuro-transmitters create a supportive and resourceful state within us and open up all of our learning centers—IT’S SMART TO BE KIND!

This program uses mime and audience interaction in a game to teach the audience the life skills of connection and kindness: LISA--Listen, Include, Share & Appreciate.