Random Act of Kindness Day
Here at Sunshine, we’re super lucky to have an amazingly supportive and positive community. Our Sunshiners help foster a friendly and a helpful environment. But while our users are super nice to each other, we know that’s not always the case, especially in middle and high schools and some online communities.
Today, for National Random Acts of Kindness Day, we want to encourage you to combat bullying and negativity in your school or community by fighting it with kindness.
At Sunshine, we’re fascinated by how your environment contributes to your mental and physical wellbeing. Usually, we look at the link between weather and other environmental factors and illness, productivity, and mental health. Today, we’re looking at how negative energy in the form of harassment or bullying affects people and how a negative environment influences even those that may not be directly hurt.
Bullying is a distinctive pattern of harming and humiliating someone, in most cases, someone smaller, weaker, or younger than the bully.
Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying every year and about 160,000 skip school every day because of it. Kids who are bullied are more likely to experience depression and anxiety, changes in eating and sleep patterns, health complaints and decreased academic acheivement. Some of these issues can persist into adulthood, leading to an overall lack of confidence and self-esteem or an inability to trust others.
Even those not directly bullied themselves who are witnesses to bullying have increased risk of mental illness, including anxiety and depression, and may skip or miss school, again leading to a lack of academic acheivement.
We’re all in this together, and even if a negative atmosphere is impacting your school or community, you can do something to help!
- Stand up for people who are being bullied. Bullies want an audience and acceptance and often when people aren’t being targeted, they’ll remain quite for fear that they’ll be picked on next. But bullies are usually in the minority and by standing up in a courageous way, you’ll lead by example. Show the bullies that being mean is not cool.
- Build a safe environment. Talk to other students about how you can cultivate a culture of acceptance, tolerance, and respect that everyone can benefit from.
- Reach out. Talk to a parent, teacher, principal, or community manager. Many online communities, including Sunshine, have community managers that you can reach out to when you feel someone is harassing you or someone else in the community. Our Sunshine community is honestly amazing, but if you feel someone is misusing Sunshine, you can always contact our community manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll respond quickly to keep our community safe and happy.
4. Fight hate with kindness and share positive vibes with those around you. Give someone a compliment, buy them a soda or snack, reach out and let them know you care. It may seem like something small, but little acts of kindness can bring sunshine to someone’s day and create an atmosphere of good vibes.
5. Finally, it can extremely difficult fighting negativity, but it’s not impossible. So, keep up the good fight and check out these awesome resources.
The Sunshine Team