Current neuroscience and social science research suggests giving or receiving kindness changes the brain. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it; instead, kindness is best learned by feeling it so that it can be reproduced. Fostering kindness on a daily basis builds an armor of goodness that encourages happy, well-rounded individuals who care for others.
On Wednesday, September 27, we are hosting Scarlett Lewis, Founder of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement to speak with our community of elementary and middle school students during the day and then give a public presentation at 6:30 in the evening. Scarlett’s youngest son Jesse was a victim of the Sandy Hook tragedy in 2012. Scarlett devotes her time to promote social and emotional education in schools teaching lessons in forgiveness, gratitude, compassion and courage. I hope you can join us for this evening with Scarlett.
On Thursday, September 28 at 7pm, we are excited to show to the public the newly released film RESILIENCE – The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hope. The original research was controversial, but the findings revealed the most important public health findings of a generation. RESILIENCE is a one-hour documentary that delves into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and the birth of a new movement to treat and prevent Toxic Stress. Now understood to be one of the leading causes of everything from heart disease and cancer to substance abuse and depression, extremely stressful experiences in childhood can alter brain development and have lifelong effects on health and behavior.
I hope you will be able to participate in these important opportunities VMS is hosting! It will be well worth your time.
We can’t choose what happens to us; we can only choose how to respond in every situation.