Putting other people down is practically a national pastime. We see it all the time, from all different people, including lots of adults who really ought to know better, right? From Twitter wars to harassing text messages to old-fashioned playground bullying, it’s crazy how many different tactics people will use to put others down.

The factors that lead to bullying are varied and complex. It doesn’t help that we live in a really competitive society, and whether it’s a conscious calculation or not, some people come to the conclusion that bringing someone else down will be easier and quicker than getting ahead on their own merit (when you think about, it’s another way of cheating).

So we can’t rehab every bully into becoming our new BFF, but what can we do?

Throw kindness around like confetti.

Bullying isn’t just about the bully and the bullied. If more people stand up to bullying – by refusing to go along with it or give it an audience – we can lessen its power. And while we’re at it, we can replace all that potential negativity with more positivATI (<< See what we did there? Get it?)!!!