Positivity Challenges Promote Kindness

Studies show that positive thinking can make people happier, healthier, and more productive.

According to a study conducted at the University of North Carolina, people’s daily experiences of positive emotions compound over time to build better partnerships and a better community.

Following this idea, teachers and students at Dunbar have made concerted efforts to increase positive interactions with one another. One of the newest is “The Kindness Project” envisioned by Mr. Greg Adams’ speech classes, and implemented by Dunbar’s Outreach Club.

On the bulletin board outside Mr. Adams’ room (100), students can use post-it notes to write tasks that encourage positive actions and promote kindness such as “Tell a teacher thank-you,” or “Throw away trash you see on the floor.”

One side of the board is labeled “Give One” and the other side is “Take One.” Students can either give a suggestion or take a suggestion to perform.

Junior Nicole Massarone, one of Mr. Adams’ students, has been instrumental in the organization of this project. She has been a key component in adding notes to the board herself, as well as encouraging others to do the same.

“We really just hope to achieve showing people that kindness is really cool, and that it comes more naturally than you’d think.”

Teachers are also taking steps to keep positivity going at PLD.

In the English department, teachers are taking part in a 30 day “Happy Teacher” challenge organized by Mrs. Kari Long.

“It’s just a stressful time of year with so many papers coming in,” said Mrs. Long. “It’s been a long time since we had a break, so it’s something to help us kind of focus on the positivity in the school for both the students and the teachers.”

The chart includes daily suggestions for teachers to complete such as, “Pull a student aside to tell them how much they’ve improved or how proud you are of them,” and “Compliment another teacher on how they have done well for their students in the school.”

Smaller projects at Dunbar, like the post-its notes project, have also helped create positivity. Multiple anonymous groups such as PLD pastels, (@pldpastels on Instagram) and Dunbar Girl’s post-it’s (@dunbar_post_its) have been posting encouraging notes of positivity on bathroom mirrors and on the walls of the school.