“What every genuine philosopher (every genuine man, in fact) craves most is praise, although the philosophers general call it recognition!”
– William James
Recognition of others, using kind and thoughtful words, does make a difference. The veteran NBC reporter Kevin Tibbles, a friend on Facebook, recently shared a story spotlighting Jeremiah Anthony, a 17-year old junior at Iowa City West High School in Iowa City, IA, who uses social media to tweet daily compliments.
Jeremiah’s singular actions, and the power of a few nice words, has resulted in overwhelmingly positive responses and changes with his peers and school. Tweeting under the name of @westhighbros, Jeremiah and his friends are defeating bullying and negativity with small, kind, positive and uplifting messages, such as “You make everyone happy with your quirkiness”. Selecting people at random, including sharing compliments with teachers, has proven that one good word at a time, has amazing impact and generates extraordinary results.
Social media has taken on a new, fresh and immediate approach to appreciating and valuing others. We have all witnessed the negative stories in our newspapers, evening newscasts and on the radio, however, one person – or television news personality – can change the direction and scope of just about anything, just as Jeremiah has done. In your life, whether personal or professional, how are you utilizing social media to bring kindness, joy and inspiration to others?
Within our work as Certified Recognition Professionals, we are acutely aware of the power of praise, acknowledgement, appreciation and recognition. We work with leaders, corporations and organizations that desire to invest in their people while creating outstanding work environments. Over the years, we have designed and created strategic corporate recognition systems that focus on day-to-day, informal and formal ways of appreciating and valuing others, while being respectful of and contributing to a corporation’s bottom line.
Genuine, simple and sincere “Random Acts of Kindness” cost little, but thought, time and caring. Our friend Ann Curry continues to tweet and re-tweet using #26Acts, which she initiated after the horrors of Sandy Hook. Begin today and follow us @TheHuestudioCo or @HuesRandomActs. Join our group on Facebook, 26 Kind Acts | Every Month | Day 26. This is a way of continuing random acts, every month, on the 26th day. We’ve started and invite you to join us!
Today, we recognize, honor and salute Ann Curry, Jeremiah Anthony and Kevin Tibbles for their exemplary work in kindness, appreciation and recognition. All do great things in our world, including tweeting about it and reporting on it, for others to be informed, delighted and inspired by.
We too, love Kevin’s blue tie!