A reputation for civility for 1 day
Because of our annual study on Civility in America, I am particularly fascinated by how Americans can build a better reputation for civility. In an article this weekend, the concept of generosity among strangers is discussed. “Social scientists have conducted experiments demonstrating that the effect of a single act of kindness can in fact ripple through a social network, setting off chains of generosity that reach far beyond the original act.” I am glad to hear that generosity or civility is contagious. The discussion got me to thinking about a question we asked in our survey last year about whether Americans would commit to a day of civility on July 4th. A full 87% said that they would and there were no differences by gender, age, household income or region. Hard to believe that everyone agrees on one thing. I still think it is a great idea and wish there was some organization or company that would be interested in making this happen and see if we Americans can pay it forward for 24 hours.