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WORLD KINDNESS DAY
On November 13th, as part of World Kindness Day, we are encouraged to spread kindness like an infectious cold. We want to share it more than usual because studies show when others observe kindness in action they are more likely to carry out an act of kindness, too.
So, imagine if you head out for the day and your neighbor’s garbage can has tipped over. Instead of ignoring it and letting the wind make a mess, you pick it up and return it to the corner. Three other neighbors notice and give you a smile and a nod on their way to work.
One of those neighbors notices a stranded driver on the side of the road on his commute to work. He remembers your thoughtfulness and offers assistance to the stranded driver. Several passersby take notice.
At a business office, a woman struggles with a paper jam. She’s had a horrible day. The customer has been waiting, but she remembers the stranded driver she passed earlier in the day. The customer lets the office worker take her time. Anyone can have a bad day, but this prevents it from getting worse and may even make it better.
We each have the potential to improve each others’ lives through understanding and kindness. Whether it’s a friend, family member, coworker, or stranger, our ability to show our humanity should have no limit.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldKindnessDay
On World Kindness Day, let your compassion shine brightly. Get caught showing as much kindness as possible, too.
For more inspiration on leading a life of kindness, Orly Wahba has written a book and her organization Life Vest Inside produced a short film called Kindness Boomerang.
Use #WorldKindnessDay to share on social media.
Did you know one of the simplest ways to be kind is through our words? Check out these 11 Things to Say Just Because.
11 THINGS TO SAY…JUST BECAUSE
11 Things to Say…Just Because – Do you only use words when it’s absolutely necessary? Maybe it’s just easier to send someone a text or e-mail. What would happen if you said something to someone when they weren’t expecting it? Today is the perfect day to say something…just because. If you’re not sure what to say, here are 11 great ideas.
1. Say Hello
Do you pass people by every day without even a glance in their direction? What do you think would happen if you said hello to each of these people? Whether it’s at work, on the sidewalk, in a grocery store, wherever you are. Say hello…just because.
2. Say I Love You
When is the last time you told your spouse you loved them? Has it been a while since you’ve spoken these words to your kids? Even if they haven’t done anything special, say I love you…just because.
3. Give a Compliment
Most people like to receive compliments. When you give someone a compliment, you’re telling them you appreciate a trait they have. Sometimes, you like how they look or behave. Whether you like their outfit, hair, positive attitude, smile, or the way they dance, tell them that…just because.
4. Say I Forgive You
Has someone wronged you? Have they hurt you? Whether they meant to or not, it’s best to forgive them and move on. Tell that person I forgive you…just because.
5. Say Thank You
It’s easy to take people for granted. Maybe your husband makes sure your vehicle is running smoothly. Or your friend always buys you coffee. Maybe you show your appreciation in other ways, but it doesn’t hurt to say thank you…just because.
6. Offer Encouragement
People don’t have to be struggling or going through a hard time to need encouragement. Everyone likes to hear that they are doing a great job or that they are a good friend. So offer them encouragement…just because.
7. Recite Something
Do you have a favorite poem, song, quote, passage of scripture, speech, or nursery rhyme? If you do, recite it…just because. You could also get together with a friend and take turns reciting something…just because.
8. Say Yes
Is “no” one of your favorite words? Maybe you don’t want to go to the restaurant your spouse picked. Or you always turn your friends down when they invite you to do something. Instead of no, try saying yes…just because.
9. Say Today Is a Good Day
Whether you’re a morning person or not, say “today is a good day”…just because.
10. Say Please
You probably tell your children to say please when they ask for something. Do you as an adult do the same? Saying please shows respect and consideration. It’s also nice to say please…just because.
11. Say a Prayer
There are a lot of reasons to pray. People pray for direction in life or they pray for others who are going through a hard time. But sometimes, there doesn’t need to be any reason at all. Say a prayer…just because.
WORLD KINDNESS DAY HISTORY
The World Kindness Movement started World Kindness Day in 1998 and has spread to 28 countries.
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