Office of Student Life

Kindness at Ohio State

Grow Kindness Project

The Grow Kindness project is a collaboration among the Office of Student Life, the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), OSU Extension and Altman Plants aiming to teach that plants are healthy for you in your daily environment as well as the healthy benefits of kindness. Members of the university community can receive two succulent plants; one to keep for themselves and one to give away in kindness to someone else. 

Find us at the following locations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17, 2023 (Rain Date: October 18).

  • Traditions at Scott
  • University Square (15th and High)
  • Wexner Medical Center (Herrick Transit hub)

Evidence and research illustrates that having indoor plants can:  

  • Alleviate symptoms of depression
  • Ease feelings of anxiety
  • Enhance productivity and creativity levels 
  • Improve the indoor quality of air 
  • Uplift and improve mood
  • Connection to the outdoors and nature

Kindness Benefits

Kindness Increases: 

  • Oxytocin
  • Energy
  • Happiness
  • Lifespan
  • Pleasure
  • Serotonin
  • Well-being
  • Empathy
  • Compassion

Kindness Decreases: 

  • Pain
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Blood Pressure