The team at THRIVE has been having a lot of fun with a Heart of Gold, Catching Kindness Campaign!
Expressions of kindness are happening everywhere! The campaign has inspired people to be even more eager to help each other, actively seeking opportunities to be helpful. The frequency of compliments has risen, for sure! Compliments are going beyond, “You look nice” and are well thought out and specific. “You always come to work and never miss a day” is a great example which has created opportunity for conversations about reliability and commitment.
We have seen a shift in some people being more attentive to the needs of others. Some have risen to new heights of acts of kindness, such as taking a moment to wait for a friend who uses a walker, so they can walk down the hallway together.  “I’m just going to wait for [my friend] and go with her down the hallway because no one should have to walk alone.” Acts of kindness are spreading everywhere!
We also took the Heart of Gold campaign out into our communities. Delarc staff carried Heart of Gold cards and when they witnessed an act of kindness, they handed out a card. The receiver then used the card as an entry in a drawing for a very special St. Patrick’s Day Unity Bloom made in our Studio 190 Program. One staff member commented that just passing out the cards was such an energy boost and put a huge smile on everyone’s face!
The world has a little more kindness since the launch of our Kindness Campaign, and we are overjoyed to be a part of it!

“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees.” – Amelia Earhart

 

[Author Jessica Baldi is a Life Coach X at the THRIVE Program in Hamden, NY.]