The 10 Climandments
or how to build a positive culture through positive expectations
You shall give one genuine compliment per day. The best compliments are specific – requiring active listening and thoughtful observation. “You look nice today” is not nearly as good as “Those blue converse make your eyes pop like a can of Pringles.”
You shall learn one new person’s name each day. Names are powerful – when we take time to learn and remember someone’s name, it gives them value and reminds us of their humanity.
You shall thank one staff member per day for their work. They do not get paid enough to put up with your shenanigans – they do their work because they believe in you. Believe in them back.
You shall hold the door open for people and thank those that hold it open for you. During cold months, you shalt not let in too many breezes. Use your noggin.
You shall attend one event each month that is totally unrelated to your friend group and interests. You might be the next chess grandmaster and not even know you like it yet.
On Mondays, you shall write down one thing you are grateful for. I know it’s a Monday and the last thing you want to do is feel happy, but practicing thankfulness makes us healthier, more positive people.
On Tuesdays, you shall pick up one piece of trash that isn’t yours. Pick up your own trash, too – custodians aren’t your maids.
On Wednesdays, you shall ask one person in your life how you can help them. Your mom may need help with the dishes. Your teacher may need help cleaning up the class. Your coach may need help passing out flyers. Your dog may need help going for a walk.
On Thursdays, you shall write a thank you note to someone in your life. Not a tweet. Not a text. Not an email. A handwritten note that you drop in the mail or deliver in person. Carrier pigeons are allowed if you have one trained.
On Fridays, you shall hug, handshake, high five, or hand hug one person who looks like they need it. Please don’t do this without their consent – that won’t make their day, that will make you creepy.