Winston Churchill once said “attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference”. I am here to tell you that Mr. Churchill is absolutely right about that. In the last few weeks, I have really tried to take a step back and see how my attitude is coming across to others. While doing this, I realized just how important it is to send a positive message to my peers. Now don’t get me wrong,┬áit is absolutely alright to have a bad day or to occasionally be in a bad mood. However, it is crucial that we understand how our attitudes and actions are able to impact those around us.

As leaders in our halls and on our campus, it is so important that we remember to “check ourselves” before communicating with others! People want to interact with positive people. Think about how awesome you feel when someone you know looks right at you and smiles. Isn’t it just the best?! I think that we love this so much simply because we are being shown a genuine kindness.

On the other hand, when someone treats us poorly or ignores us all together, we feel a small sense of hurt or pain. Trust me, I know how easy it can be to let a bad day impact the way you interact with others. Sometimes it can be really challenging to look past those negative emotions and see the positive opportunities right in front of you. I just hope that from here on out you will be able to make the most of each interaction you have.

The next time that you see your residents around campus or in your hall, I challenge you to put aside whatever else is going on in your life and show them some kindness. I guarantee it will make their day and it will most likely put you in a better mood too!