By Gloria Davidova
A new way to build community and strengthen the core values has come to University. Stewardship has made a Kudos Box.
How it works:
Once a member of the community writes a Kudos statement to someone or a group of people, they should put it in the designated Kudos Box in front of Dr. Vesper’s office. Then, the Kudos will be read aloud at Morning Meeting. For more personal ones, they will be delivered directly to the person they are addressed to.
Kudos are a way to bring light to positive actions around the school that may otherwise go unnoticed. By highlighting positivity and encouraging one another, the community as a whole will not only grow closer together, but the mission of the school can be better executed. The intention is to spread good attitudes and build positive thinking skills. The Kudos Box is around all year, so whenever you think of a Kudos, just write it down and slip it in the box. There are slips next to the box.
How to write a Kudos:
Whether you are grateful for an in-depth conversation you had with a friend, proud of a friend for winning a match/meet, or just in awe of magnificence that Jake Thurman just is, you should write a Kudos note. An example Kudos statement is “Kudos to — for picking up the trash left on the ground on their way to Morning Meeting” or “Kudos to — for being killer in AP Calc.”
By highlighting the great things happening in the community, members can not only be encouraged to do more good, but also notice it. Besides bringing awareness to great things happening in the community, Kudos may actually cause people to be more generous; when generosity is noticed, its effects and frequency increase as a ripple effect occurs. In other words, Kudos are a way of fostering generosity and altruism at school. Generosity is also proven to be good for you. Studies indicate that the very act of giving back to the community boosts your happiness, health, and sense of wellbeing.
A study conducted by Soyoung Park et al. for a Nature Communications publication found a positive correlation between commitment to generosity and happiness. The firing of the ventral striatum, the part of the brain associated with generosity and happiness, was predicted to change the types and amounts of neurotransmitters and hormones in the body when its conditions changed. These molecules ultimately increase happiness. To achieve this stimulus, one must first perform an act of generosity. Acknowledging something positive in a Kudos statement could make you happier!
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