No matter what business you are in, being kind should be a priority in every mission statement. Our world has become more and more desensitized to giving and receiving common courtesies. People are in such a hurry, too caught up in their own agendas, that they have forgotten to use the simple skills of a smile, a pleasant hello, a sincere how are you, or an appreciative thank you. The best way to see a return of public kindness is to model kindness in everything you do and say.
Last week, at Rancho Cucamonga High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California, a new generation of citizens were practicing their art of kindness. The school observed a RCHS Week of Kindness, “Where Kindness Matters.” Encouraged by the school’s ASB, students had daily opportunities to practice a dose of human kindness. The week’s activities included:
Monday- High Five Day. Students were encouraged to give a “high five” of friendship and support to their fellow classmates throughout the day.
Tuesday- Smile Day. Wear a smile and a something yellow and receive some lemonade in return.
Wednesday- Say Something Nice Day. The theme of the day was, “It’s nice to be important but it’s more important to be nice!” Students were given “Cougar Roars”–a quarter sheet of paper to send a message to a teacher or student letting them know how much their kindness mattered.
Thursday- Unity Day. The lunch time activity was to form a “unity chain”– everyone holding hands and working together for a common cause. The freshmen also attended a special assembly on “bullying”– what constitutes bullying, what to do if it happens to you or if you see someone else being bullied. This is a phenomena that has ramped up the last few years in public schools. I am sure it has a lot to do with society’s kindness deficiency. Some students prefer to threaten or get angry or even physical when things don’t go their way. Intimidation has become the easy way out instead of observing the higher road of being kind and empathetic.
Friday- Carnival of Kindness. A celebration, complete with games, and a reinforcement for a lifelong commitment to being kind.
I loved how the students recognized that what our world needs is a lot more kindness and that they they made the effort to practice this positive behavior.
We can all use a reminder to try kindness first, no matter what business we are in. Being kind will always be the preferred customer relations tool. Did your kindness show today?