I was reading the Chicago Tribune today and I came across this article about these two students at Purdue University who spend roughly two hours a day standing outside a building on campus giving compliments to everyone who passes. Genuine, heartfelt compliments.
This story made me think. Why is this newsworthy? Because we, as a society, have become more and more guarded with our kindness and compliments. People are suspicious of these guys because they think they're in it for something -- girls, fraternity membership, something. In actuality, the guys just think there's too much negativity in the world and decided to do their part to add just a little bit of kindness and sunshine to people's lives.
I am inspired by this story and it's got me thinking that maybe I should try something similar. What would it hurt for me to, say, stand outside my class between periods and compliment kids as they enter the room or even walk by? How would the kids react? Who knows? I'll report back with the results of this new social experiment.