It is World Kindness Day today and although I think it is great to encourage kindness, I feel sad that we have to have a dedicated day to remind people to be kind.
Often we have seen in social media ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ and I recently read a post about ‘Non-Random Acts of Kindness’ by Britty at Ever So Britty where we strive to just be kind and not for a reason.
I can think of nothing more uplifting than showing kindness to another human being. Unfortunately, I think that many people have lost this feeling and are so caught up in their lives that kindness is a low priority.
We walk around in our own world without stopping to think about others and what we can do to bring a smile to their face, or make them feel worthwhile.
Today we live in such a busy world that we have become more self-centered and caught up in attaining materialist aims to make us happy. In fact, if we stop and think about what really makes us happy it is the simple things in life.
Christmas, we have been taught is a time for ‘goodwill to all men’, but shouldn’t this be every day?
It doesn’t need much effort to be kind
- make a coffee for someone,
- allow someone to go ahead of you in the queue
- send a text telling someone how much you love them
- give some of your time to someone who is feeling lonely
Recently I have seen on facebook an event ‘The 5,000 Purses Project‘ where women are taking old handbags, filling them with useful feminine products and giving them to someone less fortunate or homeless. This is such an easy thing to do but the results can be overwhelmingly good.
The Oxford Dictionary defines kindness as “The quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate”. Surely this is not difficult?
There are so many benefits gained from showing kindness to others
- You make someone feel special and loved
- You will feel happier and more fulfilled being kind to others
- The reward of a smile and knowing you have made someone feel good makes you feel good
- Kindness is contagious
- It builds relationships – we are nicer people to be around
- Improves your mental well-being
- We feel more compassion
- You will feel more positive and enjoy life
- It makes us appreciate and be grateful for all we have
- We learn tolerance
If we show kindness our children will learn from us and the world may just be a nicer place to live in. Be a role model.
Being kind to others is so important but we also need to be kind to ourselves.
Don’t feel guilty about being kind to yourself.
We sometimes forget that we need a little kindness in our lives so if you are feeling low or your body is talking to you to slow down, take it easy and be kind to yourself. Nurture yourself and you will be a better person for not only for yourself but for others.
Did you know that the Elderberry blossom is flower for kindness?
Why not commit to being kinder each day and not just on a day dedicated to being kind.
“What is one act of kindness you can do today?”