Many of us are pretty preoccupied with our wants, needs, and fears. As we live our fast-paced lives, we may unintentionally commit microaggressions that hurt those around us. As the old saying goes,
Be Kind; Everyone You Meet is Fighting a Hard Battle
We invite you to put a stop to microaggressions and replace them with microvalidations. Microvalidations are small verbal and non-verbal responses that indicate understanding, empathy and support of the other person’s plight.
Take the Stanford Microvalidation Challenge Today:
- Ask a question to someone about work (their work, commute, office space, clinical load, research projects, upcoming deadlines etc.)
- When they answer, respond with a micro-validation
- Watch for their non-verbal and verbal response
- Do it again. See how many you can fit into one day
Remember: A micro validation should be subtle, fleeting, genuine. Avoid personal comments about physical attributes.
Using the comments section below, please share with us how you took the Stanford microvalidation challenge and what the response was.