YOUTH PERSPECTIVES: The Value of Positivity and Kindness

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Guest Contribution by: by Caitlin Haacke, Creator of Positive Post-It Day. Visit her at @caitlin_haacke and

CaitlinHelen Keller once said, “Keep your face to the sunshine, and you cannot see a shadow.”

What this phrase means is that if you remain positive, the negative cannot affect you. A great example of this is to imagine you wake up one morning to a large bouquet of flowers and a note that says “I love you” from anonymous. This small act of kindness makes you feel happy, loved and almost euphoric. That feeling doesn’t lessen throughout the day, even when you spill coffee on your pants, miss the train and forget that file at work.

The positive feeling outweighs any feeling of stress that you normally would have felt. This pertains to mental health and well-being because with the growing number of cases of depression in our society, we need to find a way to combat it.

Imagine the impact if everyone agreed to do one act of kindness everyday? It could help with feelings of stress, anxiety, loneliness and sadness. There are so many people, young and old whose lives could be drastically altered by a stranger’s act of compassion, positivity and kindness.

A phrase I would like to share as I strongly believe it is “An ounce of positivity can wash away an ocean of negativity.”

This article appeared in our May 2015 News Bulletin. Click here to read the rest of the bulletin!

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