Opinion: Throw kindness like confetti

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This week is Random Acts of Kindness week, according to a Student Affairs email on Tuesday. 

The email encouraged focusing on “kindness areas” including:

  • Kindness to yourself

  • Kindness to family

  • Kindness to friends

  • Kindness to significant others

  • Kindness to strangers

While this may be the week to focus on kindness on campus, this should not be the only week to consciously consider kindness in all forms. 

Take this week to make it a priority to be kind in some way every day, but continue spreading kindness past this week. 

Kindness is something that I value, almost more than anything. I am a huge advocate in being kind to yourself and to others. 

Even something as small as giving someone a smile as you walk by on campus can drastically improve not only their mood, but also your own. 

Did you know that kindness is contagious?

The positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to ‘pay it forward’. This means one good deed in a crowded area can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people,” Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stanford University said on the Random Acts of Kindness website

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation also provides ideas on how to show kindness. 

  • Write positive sticky notes

  • Thank someone every week

  • Text someone good morning/good night

  • Have a judgment-free day

  • Cheer on teammate (or friend)

  • Clean your room 

  • Be kind to your server

Random acts of kindness do not need to be some grandiose gesture like leaving kind sticky notes all over campus. Something as simple as cleaning your room shows kindness towards yourself.