• Caring: Red (Adapted from the JOSEPHSON INSTITUTE)

    Caring and the values it represents: compassion, kindness, consideration, forgiveness, charity, generosity, and unselfishness. To be genuinely concerned with the well-being of others is an essential quality of a person of character. Caring is essentially others-centered. Caring people take into account how their decisions and actions are likely to affect others. Caring for other people builds the ability to empathize across barriers such as culture, race, and age. Kind and considerate people possess sympathetic or generous qualities that imply an indication to be charitable and do good.

    The idea is to act in ways that make the people we are dealing with feel valued. Caring relates to sincere and abiding concern for the well-being of others. Every act of compassion sets in motion an endless chain of events to alter the world we live in. Be compassionate, empathic, loving, and considerate. Show sorrow or concern for the suffering of others accompanied by the urge to help.

    Be genuinely grateful for others and their efforts. Express gratitude for what people do for you. Always say thank you when people are kind. Be charitable and altruistic. Give money, time, support and comfort without strings for the sake of making someone else's life better, not for praise or gratitude.

    Forgive others for their shortcomings. Don't be mean, cruel, insensitive, selfish, self-centered or too busy to lend a helping hand. Caring people do not hold a past offense against someone.

    Making people feel important is a part of caring, so it's important to remember whether or not people remember what we say or do, they do remember how we made them feel. A person who really cares feels an emotional response to both the pain and pleasure of others.

    Do what you can do to improve the lives of others. Show genuine interest by asking them questions and remembering their answers. A good start is to keep in mind H. Jackson Brown's insight: "Everyone you meet is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something." Always be kinder than necessary because you can never be too kind.

    Caring is a powerful antidote to bullying. All bullying behaviors are uncaring in that they represent a disregard for how one's words and actions affect others. If students are taught to be kind and compassionate, a culture of caring will develop and bullying behaviors will not emerge. Emphasizing the need for students to actively show caring can prevent bullying behaviors and address them if they occur. Highlighting the need for students to be kind also helps to create a climate inhospitable to bullying and raises the self-esteem of those who may be targeted. Caring also means helping those in need.