Freeholder Director Bob Vanderslice referenced a Kindness Campaign during his State of the County Address on February 2nd. The idea is to exercise acts of kindness. This comes rather naturally to the residents of Salem County for, as a whole, we are nice people. A great place to witness this is the Woodstown Wawa. Watch people for a bit and you will be able to identify the Salem County folks. Those who are part of this County’s culture will generally hold the door, greet one another with “Good (morning/afternoon/evening),” or simply a “How are you today?” and wait to hear the response. These may sound like Midwestern country values, but they also reflect the substance of the people from this area.
The Kindness Campaign has no price tag, takes very little energy, and has an enormously high yield. Not only will you make someone feel better, appreciated, and welcome, but you will also help yourself. Numerous studies have demonstrated that a simple smile can help elevate the spirits of the giver, as well as the receiver. It’s that simple.
Acts of kindness don’t require research or deliberation. Just exercise good manners, politeness, and genuine concern. You can demonstrate kindness by simply picking up a piece of trash in a neighbor’s yard. Wish a passerby a good day. Send a greeting card to a friend or relative. Maybe you even want to go to another level and pay for the coffee of the person in back of you at Dunkin’ Donuts. There must be a thousand other ways to demonstrate your innate kindness, you need but to try.
So, in concert with the county effort, let’s make Salem Community College the kindest community college in the region. Exercise politeness, be friendly, wish one another “Good morning,” hold a door, ask if there is something you can do for someone, pick up paper on the ground, offer to assist someone carrying a load of books or project materials. The list of opportunities is endless. Make Salem Community College the kindest of community colleges.