Have you grabbed your kindness cards yet?

As a part of Black History Month, the College is also celebrating Random Acts of Kindness this February. Boards are up in the Student Life Center and Coliseum Campus to give you some ideas.

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How does it work?

  1. Check out the board.
  2. Pick a card or two that appeals to you. Maybe you want to be a little more polite in traffic or leave a huge tip for a server. Maybe you want to share a genuine compliment with someone or visit someone who might be lonely.
  3. Perform the act. Then, if you want, share about it on social media with #IvyRAOK and #IvyTech.

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Want some other ideas? Buzzfeed shared 101, and the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation even breaks it down by area–acts you can do at work, during the holidays, at school, with your family, and the like.

What are some of your favorite ideas?

As a part of Ivy Tech Northeast’s Random Acts of Kindness month, Tracy Davis, director of Community Engagement, and Zeke Bryant, the College’s multimedia specialist, put this together about the importance of the month.

Random Acts of Kindness Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated each year on Feb. 17. The purpose of this special day is to urge people to be kind to each other, especially those they don’t know, without any specific reason.

kindnessThe philosophy behind Random Acts of Kindness Day is altruism, which is selfless concern for the welfare of others. A traditional virtue and a core aspect of many religions, altruism is basically the opposite of selfishness.

Altruism concentrates on the desire to do good or help others without reward. Although the key to altruistic behavior is not being concerned with reward, doing good does have its benefits. Those who perform random acts of kindness often find that doing so reduces stress and boosts their self-esteem, leading to better physical and emotional health.

As you perform random acts of kindness for others, you will likely find that some people wish to return the favor. Instead of accepting their offer, ask them to pay it forward instead. The phrase “pay it forward” refers to the idea of requesting that a kindness be repaid by having it done to others instead. In this small, simple way, you can encourage others to keep the kindness flowing.

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