Sunday, December 17

“As a goal in life, you could do worse than: Try to be kinder.”
— George Saunders

Today’s Excerpt:

Watch “The Importance of Kindness” (2-min video) in which writer George Saunders recounts the story of a girl named Ellen who was in his 7th grade class and how the class mistreated her.


  • George Saunders says that he was nice to Ellen — that he “sometimes even mildly defended her.” He also says that he regrets his failure of kindness. What is the difference between being nice and being kind?
  • Do you know anyone like Ellen at your school? How could you show them kindness?