On Thursday 13th November 2019, it’s World Kindness Day. It’s a day to celebrate the importance of being kind and to be inspired to do something kind that you wouldn’t normally do. You could be kind to someone else, kind to the environment or kind to yourself.
The purpose of World Kindness Day is to look beyond ourselves, beyond the boundaries of our country, beyond our culture, our race, our religion; and realise we are citizens of the world. As world citizens we have a commonality, and must realise that if progress is to be made in human relations and endeavours, if we are to achieve the goal of peaceful coexistence, we must focus on what we have in common. When we find likenesses we begin to experience empathy, and in such a state we can fully relate to that person or those people. While we may think of people from other cultures as being ‘different’ when we compare them with our own customs and beliefs, it doesn’t mean that we are any better than they are. When we become friends with someone from a different culture we discover that despite some obvious differences, there are many similarities.
Be kind to others
Tell a friend exactly what makes them great – just because! You don’t need an excuse to remind someone why they’re awesome. Write them a note or, even better, give them a compliment in person. It will make their day.
Be kind to the environment
Litter makes our beautiful planet look ugly. Invite some friends to help clean up your neighbourhood, local park or beach. Every piece you pick up helps!
How to Celebrate?
- Be kind and do random acts of kindness.
- Smile at strangers and do kind things for them. Give up your seat on the bus to someone else. Buy someone’s coffee for them. Volunteer your time at the local soup kitchen. Leave a kind note for someone.
- Kindness should not only be reserved for our fellow human beings. Be kind to the animals and to the environment as well.
- If you have children in your life, teach them the virtue of kindness by practicing it in your daily life.
Did You Know
that researchers have found there is a positive feedback loop between happiness and kindness? Undertaking acts of kindness makes one happy, and people who are happy tend to be kinder to others.