Teen Sanity and Acts of Kindness
JM Thompson, Johannesburg – A psychological study has shown that teenagers involved in service to others and acts of kindness were happier, had fewer teenage pregnancies, and fewer disciplinary problems, than other adolescents.
Therefore, Church youth groups could consider occasionally taking part in good deeds and service to others.
For example, they could serve tea to pensioners after Mass one Sunday; tidy a church garden or park; put on a nativity play or carols concert for parishioners (in the December school holidays); hold a fun morning for younger children or orphans with bubble-blowing, story reading, games, singing, and so on.
Such positive activities are particularly suitable for school holidays when pupils have time and are not studying or busy with other school activities.