Ivy Tech Community College Evansville is kicking off its first-ever Kindness Campaign today (Feb. 7). Amy Lutzel, Ivy Tech wellness and fitness coordinator, says “In a world where stress, violence, and intense competition cause us to feel disconnected, acts of kindness can bring us together as we find fulfillment and joy in thinking about and doing something nice for others and for ourselves.
“All human beings need affection to thrive and even small acts of kindness can touch someone deeply and make their day,” she continued. The events will take place in Ivy Tech’s Koch Student Center located at 3501 N First Ave.
Schedule of Events:
Random Acts of Kindness Kick Off Event
Wednesday, February 7, 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Koch Student Center
- Pick up a “Be Kind” button to wear all month long
and receive a Kindness Coupon or two to perform Random Acts of Kindness.
- Receive a flyer on “Kindness Health Facts” and what other countries around the world are doing to practice kindness.
Random Acts of Kindness Week
- Be on the look-out for kind messages placed around campus and plan to perform several Random Acts of Kindness for others and for yourself.
- Write down your Random Act of Kindness on a banner for all to see.
- Change your profile pic on social media to the heart-shaped “Be Kind” logo.
- Use the #ivykind hashtag on social media posts.
February 14, 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Koch Student Center
- Write a Kindness Note to give to someone and paint a Kindness Rock to place somewhere for someone else to find.
- Receive a free Hug and a Kiss (Hershey’s chocolate that is)!
The Ivy Tech Wellness and Fitness Center, Student Life, and the Counseling Center are collaborating on this project. Lutzel explained that studies have shown that the positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pay it forward.”
This means one good deed in a crowded area can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people. Lutzel added, “Just think how much more productive we would be if we could practice kindness to everyone every day. We would have more energy, better relationships, be less depressed, and be generally happy. Our hope is that more companies and organizations will follow suit.”