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Sesame Street brings UW center’s kindness curriculum to kids

January 20, 2017
in Kids

If it were up to Elmo, the world would be a kinder place — down to the very trash can Oscar the Grouch calls home. Sesame Street, one of the most beloved and longest-standing children’s shows, is emphasizing kindness in its upcoming season with the help of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, a research center that studies the science of well-being and how it can be nurtured. Driven by an increasing number of news stories on anger, fear, bullying and violence, as well as an overall sense of negativity permeating social discourse, the season focuses on social emotional skills vital to kids’ well-being and life success. “The kind of interventions and practices we’re studying have a great deal of relevance and promise for the types of problems we’re facing today in our culture,” says Richard Davidson, founder of the Center for Healthy Minds and the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry. “These strategies help people to recognize that we’re all the same – we all share a desire to be happy and free of suffering, and when we embrace that perspective, divisions become more permeable and less formidable as obstacles.” ™/© 2017 Sesame Workshop. All Rights Reserved Center Associate Scientist Lisa Flook and Outreach Specialist Laura Pinger joined writers, producers and educators at Sesame Street’s headquarters in New York City in the summer of 2015 to present the center’s mindfulness-based Kindness Curriculum and scientific results from classrooms. Early findings from the center’s research suggest that children who participated...

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