Express Gratitude

The Ripple Effect

It might sometimes feel as if you have little to no effect on the people around you. Quite the opposite is true, however! The small decisions we make every day – to laugh, to smile, to share a kind word – create an impact that spreads far and wide.

One drop of water above an expanding ripple on the surface of blue water.

Reflect on the past few months of distance learning.

  • Who are the people that supported you?
  • Which of their words or actions had the greatest positive impact on you?

Expand the Ripple

You can continue this positive impact by thanking those who supported you or by reaching out to others who may need support. Write a letter, send an email, or make a phone call to let someone know you appreciate their support or that you are there to support them.

As you encounter others this summer, both in your home and at a distance on the street, remember that you can make a lasting impact with something as simple as a smile or a kind word.