Why not participate?
I learned about World Kindness Day more than a decade ago, soon after my 1st book came out. It was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a coalition of nations’ kindness NGO’s. Over the years, people have asked me whether we need a “day” for kindness. Of course, the answer is no, but these days I think any additional awareness we can get to spread kindness is helpful.
I know I’m not alone in thinking our world DESPERATELY needs this message. I feel blessed each week to read, see, witness, and notice so many daily acts of kindness and am fortunate that others also send me wonderful stories as well. A few weeks ago, a colleague shared this wonderful story about SPANX CEO Sara Blakely, gifting her staff with an unexpected surprise.
What to do –
Our news is bleak and upsetting. There is anger, ego and rhetoric permeating our airwaves and if you pay attention to this everyday you will think this is all that exists. However, I invite you to look around for the amazing generosity, kindness and humility that currently exists right now at the very same time as all this bad news.
What can you do to tap into this? Most importantly, turn off the television. Turn off the radio. Play classical music. Go out into nature. Bring hot apple cider to a neighbor and visit. Buy the person behind you a cup of coffee. Give someone a hug. Hold the door or elevator. Put your cell phone away and start paying attention to individuals right next to you. Be civilized. Talk to them. Listen. Be an example.
When I began my journey as the “kindness catalyst” more than a decade ago, I never knew what each day was going to bring. No one does. There are blessings and connections, synchronicity and amazing miraculous things that occur regularly even among the difficulties. I work to continue to find small ways to actively engage in kindness, but also listen, witness and enjoy others who are also engaged in kindness each day. You can do this too. This will remind you that even amidst the dark news, there still exists humanity everywhere. If you want to live in a world with more joy, more abundance, more kindness start adding to it today.