Celebrating Kindness

Saturday, November 13 is World Kindness Day.   Today on our Family Friday posting, I’m excited to share the who, what, when, why, how of kindness.

WHO: Everyone!!  It doesn’t matter if you’re a single parent, friend, retired soldier, billionaire, son, grandmother, or immigrant, anyone can be kind.  And, you should be kind to everyone around you, including yourself!

WHAT: Being kind:  having, showing, or proceeding from benevolence, consideration.  These are just two of the definitions of what it means to be kind.

WHEN: World Kindness Day is officially November 13th.  However, I believe that we can, and should, be kind all year ’round.

WHERE: Everywhere!  Homes, schools, workplaces, in the car, on the bus, while walking, while making purchases, public locations, and when we’re all alone.

WHY: Because I believe, along with many others, that kindness will transform the world faster, better, more drastically and more realistically than fighting (war), or any of the other ways we’ve tried in the past.  If we all made an effort to be kind to at least one person every day, not only would you have more friends, be more respected and be happier, the world would be a better place.

HOW:  One simple way to start is Random Acts of Kindness.  Check out the website for tips, and tools to spread the kindness message and ways to put it into action in the classroom, home, workplace, community and in your life.   World Kindness Movement is another great website to begin your kindness journey.  Finally, simple acts of kindness include holding the door open for someone, saying “thank you”, doing a chore/task before you’re asked, greeting someone with joy instead of complaints, complimenting someone and giving someone a gift.

What will you do to be active on World Kindness Day?  Share your ideas and thoughts below.

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