Today is World Kindness Day, a day dedicated to looking beyond our day to day lives, beyond our problems, worries or frustrations, and realizing that we are apart of something bigger than ourselves. Therefore, today is about highlighting the good deeds that are performed through our communities, channeling the positive nature and commonality that links us all. This day carries a powerful message to extend a hand when someone has fallen and help them to their feet, instead of walking past.
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The Importance Of Kindness
Kindness is a common thread that unites us all, it transcends all races and religions, and connects strangers, transforming into friends if even for a moment.
Being kind gives us the ability to see past ourselves, to recognize and relate to someone else and empathize with the emotions of another individual. Too often, we are blind to the child who dropped their stuffed bear on the street, the co-worker who forgot their wallet and needs lunch.
Kindness is driven by compassion for others. The desire to help someone else in their time of need requires our eyes to be open to the world around us, looking beyond our own needs to see the needs of others.
Lead by the “Golden Rule” and treat others the way you want to be treated. This concept is so basic, yet fundamental and so meaningful to spreading the joy of kindness.
Looking for ways to start?
- Pay it forward, pick up the tab for the person behind you at the coffee shop
- Let an impatient driver over into your lane
- Make eye contact and smile at a stranger for no reason
- Open the door for someone
- Give a genuine compliment
- Write a note to someone you’ve lost touch with
- Let the people you love know how much they matter to you
These are simple, yet powerful ways to brighten someone’s day with kindness. The question to be left with is, How can you spread kindness on a daily basis and not just one day a year?