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Bully prevention tools

The bullying issue

What works to stop bullying and what doesn't work

According to a study published in the Journal of Criminology, anti-bullying programs can have negative outcomes making the bullying situation worse instead of better. 

Researchers found that in order for a bully prevention program to truly work it must change the school's climate. This means changing values and expectations of youth, teachers and school administration.

How can we successfully combat bullying?

Key Club's response to bullying

Key Club International is teaming up with Project Happiness, an organization that specializes in emotional resilience-building programs, using proven techniques to cultivate one's own authentic happiness drawing from the three pillars of Neuroscience, Positive Psychology and Mindfulness.

Through strength-based curriculum, Project Happiness is working to help create a world where:
  • School bullying will no longer be a socially accepted behavior
  • Young adults will be taught to know and value their passions and personal strengths, and become more compassionate to themselves and others
  • Building one’s character will be as important as building one’s resume
  • Success will be measured by the degree to which we experience meaningful, fulfilling lives (not just by our job titles and credentials)

Learn more about Key Club's effort to spread happiness and nurture growth of kindness, compassion and empathy. Check out

Anyone can spread happiness

Encourage Terrific Kids to improve the school environment by spreading happiness. Share these project ideas and let them decide how to make an impact. You'll find even more ideas in the Key Club Guide to Project Happiness

Sticker love 

Print these fun stickers on Avery stickers #5294. Give one sheet of stickers to each Terrific Kid recipient with instructions to brainstorm ways the stickers can be used to spread happiness. Remember, no sticking them to surfaces they might harm. Here are some ideas to get you started. Create a poster, make greeting cards to give away, or work as a group to create one big happiness bulletin board. 

Give away K-Kids happy books 

Print the happy book on colorful paper, cut, hole punch and tie with yarn. Distribute happy books to students and adults at school. This little book will help the owner practice gratitude every day, a technique that increases happiness. 

Acts of kindness fortune teller 

Print fortune tellers and distribute to students. Work with Terrific Kid recipients to fold the fortune tellers. Distribute fortune tellers to students during the lunch hour and instruct them to do use them to do good deeds throughout the day. Be sure to get approval from the principal before distributing these. 

K-Kids Power of nice cards

Print the power of  nice cards, cut and distribute to others. The cards provide instructions about what to do. Do something nice for someone, then pass the card to this person and tell him/her to do the same. 

Organize a school employee appreciation day

Honor the people who make a difference in your school community that don't usually receive recognition. Janitors, cafeteria employees, secretaries, school nurses, and counselors. 

Celebrate the International Day of Happiness 

Join the world in celebrating the International Day of Happiness on March 20. 

Additional resources 




Increase your Happiness Quotient 

Interested in increasing your happiness quotient while helping others gain this important skill set? Join Key Club and Project Happiness in their effort to combat bullying by teaching happiness. 


Register now to participate in the Project Happiness Virtual Race for Wellness Campaign, September 15 to October 15. Your involvement will provide other schools and communities access to Project Happiness' resources. 

Learn more about how Key Club International and Project Happiness are working together to improve overall well-being of youth within our schools and communities.