Sunday, February 10, 2013

Be Bold. Be Benedictine. Be Kind. Visits the Student Union on Feb 14th for your Random Acts of Kindness Bracelet!

Random Acts of Kindness, Respect and Safety

This year, Random Acts of Kindness Week will be celebrated February 11-17, there are many ways to celebrate but why not celebrate by spreading kindness, respect and civility, while also focusing on safety!  Many times in the media daily acts of kindness are not publicized but rather overshadowed by acts of violence, bullying and insensitivity.  Consequently these acts can lead to injuries, deaths and suicides as people seek recognition by copycatting these acts—thereby allowing the cycle of violence and insensitivity to continue.
In order to place more emphasis on kindness, respect, civility, and safety, Well U is leading the charge to CSS students, faculty and staff to encourage each other to focus on positive behaviors and finding ways to demonstrate kindness, respect, and focus on safety.
Join Storm's Advocates in the Student Union on Feb 14th from 11 am- 1pm to pick up your random acts of kindness bracelet.  If you see a random act of kindness give away one of your bracelets to another person.  You can track where your bracelet end up by registering your bracelet online and having the other person do the same.
Being kind to each other isn't’t difficult or profound and doesn't’t take much extra time or money—it just takes awareness and conscious thought from all of us.  Some of the smallest acts of kindness:  sending a friend or co-worker a note of thanks, giving someone a compliment, volunteering at a shelter, holding the door open for someone, walking a neighbor’s dog, or giving up your seat for someone can go a long way.  And if you want to do more, a few extra dollars could treat a friend to a cup of coffee or a movie, or help your favorite charity, and departments can combine efforts for food or clothes drives. Be a role model and show others how easy this can be!
It always feels good when someone is nice TO you, but it feels even better when YOU are nice to others! In fact, there are many health benefits associated with being helpful and kind.  Being helpful can enhance your feeling of joyfulness, emotional resilience, optimism, self-worth, and vigor, and reduce your sense of isolation, helplessness, and depression. Let’s put up a fight to achieve kindness, respect, courteousness, and our focus on safety!  Be Bold, Be Benedictine, Be Kind!
For more information, go to: http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/
Also Check out Student Health 101's article about Random Acts of Kindness at http://readsh101.com/css.html



25 Simple Random Acts of Kindness Ideas

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    1.    Send someone a hand written note of thanks.
    2.    Make a card at home and send it to a friend.
    3.    Adopt a stray animal.
    4.    Put some coins in another student’s parking meter.
    5.    Buy a coffee for a student or co-worker.
    6.    Walk your friend’s dog.
    7.    Give a compliment about your server to their manager.
    8.    Volunteer at a shelter.
    9.    Give Blood.
    10.  Mentor a child.
    11.  Treat a friend to a mid-week movies.
    12.  Give a huge tip to someone when they least expect it.
    13.  Hold the elevator door open for someone on the shuttle.
    14.  Give up your seat for someone.
    15.  Talk to a homeless person and have a “normal” conversation.
    16.  Pick up some trash around campus
    17.  Compliment a co-worker for their excellence.
    18.  Babysit for a friend.
    19.  Give another driver your parking spot.
    20.  Donate to charity.
    21.  Tell all your co-workers how much you appreciate them.
    22.  Buy an inspirational book for a friend.
    23.  Let someone go ahead of you in line at the SUB eateries.
    24.  Do something nice for yourself.
    25.  Smile a lot.


Health benefits of being kind

  • Numerous scientific studies show that acts of kindness result in significant health benefits, both physical and mental. Here are some key points:
  • Helping contributes to the maintenance of good health, and it can diminish the effect of diseases and disorders serious and minor, psychological and physical.
  •  A rush of euphoria, followed by a longer period of calm, after performing a kind act is often referred to as a “helper’s high,” involving physical sensations and the release of the body's natural painkillers, the endorphins. This initial rush is then followed by a longer-lasting period of improved emotional well-being.
  •  Stress-related health problems improve after performing kind acts. Helping reverses feelings of depression, supplies social contact, and decreases feelings of hostility and isolation that can cause stress, overeating, ulcers, etc. A drop in stress may, for some people, decrease the constriction within the lungs that leads to asthma attacks.
  •  Helping can enhance our feelings of joyfulness, emotional resilience, and vigor, and can reduce the unhealthy sense of isolation.
  •  A decrease in both the intensity and the awareness of physical pain can occur.
  •  The incidence of attitudes, eg, chronic hostility, that negatively arouse and damage the body, is reduced.
  •  The health benefits and sense of well-being return for hours or even days whenever the helping act is remembered.
  •  An increased sense of self-worth, greater happiness, and optimism, as well as a decrease in feelings of helplessness and depression, is achieved.
  •  Once we establish an “affiliative connection” with someone—a relationship of friendship, love, or some sort of positive bonding—we feel emotions that can strengthen the immune system.
  •  Adopting an altruistic lifestyle is a critical component of mental health.
  •  The practice of caring for strangers translates to immense immune and healing benefits.
  •  Regular club attendance, volunteering, entertaining, or faith group attendance is the happiness equivalent of getting a college degree or more than doubling your income.
  • Article adapted from UNL