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Angels in Training
Imagine a world filled with leaders who were taught from a young age the importance of serving others before themselves. A world where instead of anti-depressants and video games, our children were given simple, natural tools to reinforce habits that not only help them forget about their own problems and occupy their time, but also help make the world a better place.
We are all angels in training, learning how to love ourselves and others unconditionally in this great classroom of life on Earth. Our youngest angels in training face emotional challenges that often go unnoticed by parents, teachers and other caregivers. Feelings of worthlessness, emptiness, social isolation and depression are all too common conditions for young people in our materialistic society that values athletic ability, social status and “things” over having a kind, caring heart. Teen suicide rates have reached all-time high numbers, with parents, teachers, and mental health counselors all struggling to come up with solutions. It’s heartbreaking, and worthy of our concern and attention.
Of course, there are genetic and other complex issues that affect the mental and emotional well-being of our children, but could there be one simple concept that has consistently brought feelings of joy and well-being to those who have integrated it into their lives? Yes! And that simple concept is:
Scientific studies show that people experience a “helpers high” when performing good deeds. Even small acts of kindness improve our sense of well-being, providing feelings of enhanced optimism and self-worth. Put simply, helping others helps ourselves.
Child development experts stress how fundamentally important the first five years are to the future well-being of a child. Diligent parents do their best to provide for their children’s basic needs like proper nutrition, health care and education, but in our fast-paced modern society, teaching them about love, compassion, and caring for others often is ignored or placed on the back burner. The longer parents wait to begin teaching the concept of sharing and giving to others, the harder it is to overcome the self-centered tendencies that come during the teen years.
Now, Universal Angels Network is proud to offer its ANGEL BANK as an aid for teaching children how to help other children who are less fortunate. While every penny that goes into the ANGEL BANK will help needy children in some of the poorest, remote regions of the world, the amount of money raised is secondary to the goal of teaching our children to care about others. Your angel in training will be able to see how they have improved another child’s life through pictures and letters from those that receive the benefits. Images and information about UAN projects can also be found here. We invite parents to be creative in coming up with fun ways to help your children fill the ANGEL BANK. Whether offering payment for chores, having a bake sale, giving a portion of their allowance or finding spare change in the sofa cushions, the idea isn’t how much we give, but how much LOVE we put into giving. The world desperately needs more kindness and compassion. Our future depends on it.