I am so pleased to report that 11 Alive News has aired a segment about the work that I have done with my colleague and friend, Hillary Steiner, this semester in our Learning Community at Kennesaw State University. In this Learning Community students are enrolled in English Composition (my course) and Intro to Psychology (Hillary’s course). Our theme for these courses has been “The Pursuit of Happiness” and we have asked students to perform RAKs (Random Acts of Kindness) and ask the recipients to “Pay it forward.” We then asked students to write and discuss these RAKs and how being kind to others can help increase our own feelings of happiness. Students have expressed enhanced feelings of compassion and satisfaction, and we believe that many of them will continue to perform RAKs even after the semester is over.
As a result of these efforts, we were nominated by our colleagues to be recognized by Atlanta’s 11 Alive News in their Random Acts of Kindness segment. We were totally surprised when news reporter Christopher “Crash” Clark presented Hillary and I with several gift cards and acknowledged us for promoting kindness and happiness in our students. It was truly an honor to be recognized for the work we do in this way.