Office of Student Life

Kindness at Ohio State

Grow Kindness Project

The Grow Kindness project, which will take place on Thursday, March 24, is a collaboration among the Office of Student Life, the College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences (CFAES), OSU Extension, the Chief Wellness Officer and the University District Organization (UDO). Plants can be assembled at the following locations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:

  • Lawn in front of Traditions at Scott
  • RPAC Plaza
  • University Square (15th and High)
  • South Oval
  • Wexner Medical Center (Herrick Transit Hub)

Assembly will also take place on our regional campuses at the following locations:


  • Husky Lima Refinery Patio
  • 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.


  • John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center
  • 10:30 a.m. while supplies last


  • Student Activities Center
  • 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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. This project aims to teach that plants are healthy for you in your daily environment as well as the healthy benefits of kindness.

Unable to participate? Pick up two plants at any one of the locations and grow kindness by gifting one to a friend!

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

Resources from Miracle-Gro

Other Resources

Thanks to Scotts Miracle-Gro and Altman Plants for their generous donations of soil and succulents.