"Watch your thoughts, they become your words; watch your words, they become your actions; watch your actions, they become your habits; watch your habits, they become your character; watch your character, it becomes your destiny."
In a 2018 anti-bullying campaign, the furniture store Ikea gathered a group of kids and a couple of plants together.
Each of the two plants were given the same amount of sunlight, nutrition, and water (remember Jr. High? This is the “control group"). The only difference between the two plants were the instructions given to the kids (the independent variable… or maybe this is the experimental group…?).
For 30 days, the kids were asked to insult one plant and talk kindly to the other.
Here are some examples of what was said…
“You look rotten” “Are you even alive?” “I like you the way you are” “You’re making a difference in the world”