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Kindness Initiative

Research and translational program to harness the brain’s capacity for empathy as the foundation of kindness.

Empathy
Kindness
Compassion

THE SCIENCE OF KINDNESS

Cognitive neuroscience research to further our understanding of the science of kindness.


PRACTICING KINDNESS

Innovative projects will include engagement programs to fortify and extend the practice of kindness.

Initial focus will be to leverage work already begun with the Children’s Kindness Network to teach kids kindness and empathy concepts that we will incorporate with training scenarios and a Moozie the cow avatar within Charisma™, a virtual social training platform.


WHO CAN BENEFIT

All ages, starting with pre-school and elementary school-aged children


THE ART OF KINDNESS

To kick-off the Kindness Initiative and celebrate World Kindness Day, high school students from across the Dallas area competed in The Art of Kindness art contest. Participants were asked to read a scientific article and create an original piece of work that embodies the information in a way that engages others as well as evokes the importance of empathy. Nine finalists showcased their work with remarkable depth and thoughtfulness, they took complex neuroscience concepts and tied them to personal life experiences by expressing them in creative and engaging ways.

“To find similarities in each other’s lives is to discover that we are all human. Empathy is more than an emotion — it is something we can practice, develop and strengthen every day of our lives,” explained by Brian Beaman, grand prize winner for his graphite piece, “Loving Embrace.”

Click here to view all of The Art of Kindness photos.


WHAT’S COMING

Future funding will help the Kindness Initiative expand to include more education programming, leadership engagement, robust research and even policy recommendations