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WHEREAS, the purpose of Kindness Week is to recognize that simple day-to-day acts of kindness enable our schools, communities, and Commonwealth to be a kinder, safer, healthier, and more inclusive place to live, work, learn, and play; and
WHEREAS, kindness helps us to form meaningful connections with others, which are reported to be a strong factor in increasing happiness; and
WHEREAS, kindness has been proven to boost serotonin, reduce stress, increase positive affect, release endorphins and the hormone oxytocin in numerous scientific studies; and
WHEREAS, teaching and recognizing kindness in schools and communities fosters empathy, builds community, reduces bullying, and nurtures a safe and welcoming environment; and
WHEREAS, by promoting kindness, we are promoting inclusivity by extending an opportunity for grace, empathy, dignity, and acceptance to all citizens of our Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, practicing and celebrating kindness is to look for the good, bridge connections across differences, restore hope, and empower people to make our communities strong and resilient; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia can lead by example in promoting positivity and supporting a culture where schools, localities, businesses, organizations, and individual citizens can come together to acknowledge, connect, and promote kindness in our communities;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize February 14-18, 2021, as VIRGINIA KINDNESS WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.