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WHEREAS, a single act of kindness can decrease stress, boost happiness, lower blood pressure, and release feel-good chemicals such as serotonin and oxytocin; and
WHEREAS, studies show that “people imitate not only the particulars of positive actions, but also the spirit underlying them … this implies that kindness in itself is contagious and that it can cascade across people, taking on new forms along the way.” – Jamil Zaki, Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stanford University; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia can lead by example to promote positivity and support a culture where schools, localities, businesses, organizations, and individual citizens can come together to acknowledge, connect, and promote kindness in our community; and
WHEREAS, the citizens of the Commonwealth of Virginia would all benefit from Random Acts of Kindness; and
WHEREAS, during Random Acts of Kindness Week, Virginians are encouraged to go above and beyond their daily interactions with individuals to perform random acts of kindness for other citizens of our Commonwealth;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize February 10-16, 2019, as RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.