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PY102 – Personal & Social Awareness
Random Acts of Kindness Project

Typically, this course includes a service learning project in which students volunteer their time at a non-profit, educational, or faith-based institution in their area. However, given our current circumstances with the pandemic, this will not be practical. As an alternative, students will instead engage in a Random Acts of Kindness project. This assignment includes several components: the acts you choose to do, your documentation of those acts with journal entries, and a brief overall reflection upon completion.

There are no restrictions or limitations on your chosen acts. You are, however, encouraged to branch out as much as possible in your efforts on this project. On one day, you may choose to engage in a kindness with a family member and with a stranger in the next. Explore the ways you are already kind and build on that. You may also wish to evaluate your interactions with others and build in random acts to increase your kindness output. Be creative and have fun with this project! It is in no way meant to induce stress or cause hardship. No money has to be spent. This is just about the increase in personal and social awareness you are gaining through this course and implementing more opportunities for you to “be the good” in the world around you.

You are welcome to include general acts of charity in your kindness journals. This may mean participating in a food or clothing drive, a blood drive, or any other charitable actions. Given our current circumstances, there is no shortage of need. However you feel most helpful, feel free to contribute in those ways. The key here is to engage in activities involving kindness and charity that you would not typically do. These acts will be in addition to your typical, daily kindnesses.

You are asked to complete 20 acts of kindness for this project. Again, not every action needs to be grand in scope! Consider ideas such as writing hand-written letters of gratitude, checking in on folks who may be lonely while socially distancing, picking up litter on your evening walks, etc. The internet is full of ideas in this regard, so search for ideas if you need to or contact me to brainstorm. You are also encouraged to include a few acts of self-kindness during the course of this project. This should comprise 5 of your entries. The goal here is to acknowledge the need for self-care and self-kindness and get into the practice of implementing these things into your life. And what better time than now! J

Below, you’ll find the documentation for keeping track of your acts of kindness/charity, followed by prompts for completing the reflection at the end of the project.

Log for Acts of Kindness and Charity
PY102 – Personal & Social Awareness

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Prompts for Reflection on Random Acts of Kindness Activities

You may complete this reflection by responding to the questions below and submitting the completed document. Alternatively, you may produce a video in which you reflect on the project and answer the questions given.

  1. Discuss your initial response to being assigned a random acts of kindness project.
  2. Discuss any difficulties you encountered in completing these acts.
  3. Give some thought to how you felt prior to initiating your chosen activities and discuss your thoughts before and after. What changed?
  4. For acts that required more of your time and/or energy than others, did this impact the way you felt afterwards as opposed to those activities requiring less time and effort? How so?
  5. Did you engage others, such as family members, in any of your activities? If so, how did that impact those activities?
  6. Discuss the responses you received as a result of your actions. What impact do you hope or believe your actions had on others?
  7. Revisit chapter four. Discuss how your activities may have contributed to someone else’s wellness. Also, discuss how the project has contributed to your own sense of wellness.
  8. Share any closing thoughts about participating in this project. Is this something you plan to continue to implement in your daily life?