What if we switched from a scarcity to an abundance of kindness model in Academia?
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The challenge of being kind in the world of Academia
The world of academia operates on a scarcity model, a mentality that there is never enough of anything. Those of us who work at Universities and Colleges know they are often places full of competition and negativity. There never seems to be enough time, money, resources or volunteers to go around and meet departmental needs and people’s expectations. Because of this atmosphere there is often also a scarcity of kindness!
What if we switched from a scarcity of kindness to an abundance model?
But what would happen if we switched our mindset to an abundance of kindness model. Abundance focuses a positive outlook seeing the plenty of resources that do exist. Those abundant resources are human creativity and care. What if we adopted an outlook that was positive and creative. What if we took on an attitude that embraces a hopeful belief that if I do my part, there will be more good to go around.
We can live out this mindset through academic kindness. This means seeing colleagues as a potential friend, rather than as competitors. Seeking out opportunities to give, without focusing on what we can get in return.
Academic Kindness might look like...
Random Acts of Academic Kindness can start here, with you!
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Academic Kindness on Tumblr
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