Being kind and grateful to one another makes a positive difference for individuals and communities. Simple actions, like making eye contact and smiling, greeting one another by name, and saying thank you can help to build trust, enhance collaboration and even lead to improved mood.
That’s the goal for MHealthy’s updated “Be Kind. Be Well.” campaign.
“We hope that all members of our community will find ways to bring a little more compassion and kindness into daily interactions,” said Kelcey Stratton, program manager for resiliency and well-being services in the Office of Counseling and Workplace Resilience.
“Research shows that acts of gratitude and compassion have positive effects in the workplace and in our relationships. It’s an especially good time of year to practice kindness and express thanks for what you value about others.”
The “Be Kind. Be Well.” webpage has downloadable resources that can help serve as fun reminders to think positive thoughts and say kind things to one another. Plus, it also includes new resources including Zoom backgrounds, mobile phone wallpapers, and a “Gratitude Email Generator” form.
The updated campaign kicks off in honor of “World Kindness Day,” which was Nov. 13. It includes the new digital resources, plus a series of PDF fliers, a kindness pledge and gratitude cards. There also are other ideas available to help faculty and staff incorporate gratitude into their day-to-day work.
The new digital resources were added at the suggestion of the Strive for Well-Being team, a part of the Voices of the Staff program.
“When we support one another with compassion and kindness, our connections and work relations become stronger,” Stratton said. “So, even though they are small gestures, sharing an email of thanks or having a positive Zoom background can help brighten someone’s day.”