By: Shekeitha L. Jeffries, Assistant Director
The month of February marks the 2nd month of this decade as well as the start of the 3rd term for students at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Did you know that this month is known as Black History Month? All across the world the achievements of black people will be honored to commemorate the positive impact they’ve made through history. This month is also dedicated to Heart Health, an initiative coined by the American Heart Association to encourage individuals to learn about risk factors for heart disease and to encourage healthy lifestyle. We’ll also celebrate love on February 14th, and we’ll embrace Random Acts of Kindness day, on February 17th.
Random Acts of Kindness day, also known as RAK, started in 1995. It is celebrated by many individuals, groups and organizations worldwide to encourage acts of kindness. Research shows that by being kind to others, increases your overall happiness, reduces stress and helps to improves heart health. Stay healthy this month and spread love through random acts of kindness, which can include:
- Sending someone a handwritten note, thanking them for being in your life
- Buying coffee/tea for the person ahead or behind you in line
- Helping a classmate, colleague with a project or assignment
- Making dinner for a family in need
- Volunteering at a local food bank or shelter
To help you get started with your acts of kindness, print out the kindness bingo card. Mark off your act of kindness, by completing a line vertically, horizontally or diagonally – you choose. When you have completed four acts of kindness in a row, pat yourself on the back! You just made a difference in someone’s life!
Be sure to snap a photo of your acts of kindness, and tag the Office of Student Life on Instagram and use hashtag #RandomActsofKindnessDay.