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Sarah Tracy, professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, studies the power of compassion and kindness and how people create compassion through communication.
Random Acts of Kindness Week was celebrated Feb. 13. through Feb. 19 on all four ASU campuses and was dedicated to promoting small gestures of kindness among students.
“What we learn is that by doing kindness for others, especially when it's random and anonymous, it really brings a high of happiness for yourself as well,” Tracy said. Random acts of kindness can be something as simple as free hugs, compliments, or holding the door open for someone.
Dayna Kloeber, graduate teaching associate, teaches a class called Communication and the Art of Happiness at the Hugh Downs School, which was developed by Dr. Tracy.
Kloeber said while such acts do offer instant gratification, they also have a lasting effect on the giver, and can act as a community builder on campus.