On Monday 13th November, people, across the world, celebrate ‘WORLD KINDNESS DAY’.
Being kind is a fundamental part of being human, it helps to build relationships and bridge gaps between nations and people.
One of our favourite sayings is, ‘In a world where you can be anything, be KIND!’ We even have a cup with this message scrolled across it.
World Kindness Day started in 1997 when a conference was held in Tokyo, Japan bringing together kindness organisations. This was the start of the Global Kindness Movement. World Kindness Day is held on the 13th November, every year.
If you’d like to know more about the timeline relating to World Kindness Day, you can see it here on Days Of The Year
Being kind has a huge impact on both parties; those giving kindness and those receiving kindness.
Think about a time you offered your kindness to someone, or when someone was kind to you. How good did this feel?
PRACTISING KINDNESS IS GOOD FOR OUR HEALTH
Kindness can help us, not only mentally, but physically because it increases our happiness it gives our bodies a boost. It can reduce blood pressure, help our immune systems and slows our aging rate.
You may be thinking, how can being kind help with all of these things, but think about it …
When you are happy, you feel much better about yourself, you feel more motivated therefore your body wants to do more things. When we are sad, or feeling down, our bodies can feel lethargic, it can take so much effort to do the littlest of things. So, when you are feeling this way, think about how you can be kind to yourself and others.
How could you celebrate World Kindness Day?
Firstly, go to School of Kindness and download their free kindness workbook.
Their mission to involve schools in the kindness movement is wonderful.
They have all kinds of fun activities on their website, from competitions to a kids club. You must check them out.
10 ideas for giving kindess:
- Give someone a compliment
- Smile at someone
- Write a letter telling someone how much you appreciate them
- Give someone a hug
- Buy someone flowers
- Help someone across the road
- Bake cookies for an elderly neighbour
- Chat with someone for half an hour (someone who needs to talk)
- Help with household chores
- Do something unexpected for someone
Sometimes we just need to be aware of those around us. Being able to offer a smile, a hug or a helping hand can be enough to change someone’s day. Spreading that love and positivity can have a knock-on effect. This feeling can spread like wildfire. As people become contagious; they feel good and they pass this feeling onto others.
We couldn’t leave this post without spreading some kindness quotes … really think about these and use them whenever you can💕
Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people
Be a little kinder than you have to
Practice kindness all day to everybody and you will realize you’re already in heaven now
The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the greatest intention
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about
Let us be kind. Let us be generous. Let us be full of grace. Let us see the light in all your people and be guided by that light for all our days