So much of the world is under siege by war, dictators and poverty that it would be nice to take a break and find a little time for kindness to each other. I think people generally want to be nice to each other, they want to help where they can and be positive forces for good. The problem comes from those few people that find chaos to work for them better than peace. It comes from the World Kindness Movement in 1996-97 and the day was developed into the Declaration of Kindness on November 13th, 1997. It is nice to proclaim a day like this, however making it work practically may be an entirely different matter. If we all practiced what we preached, the world would be a much different place. However, with that in mind, find some way today to go out of your way to be kind.
How to celebrate – Find different causes you can support. Perform an act of kindness. Embrace the World Kindness Movement.
What goes around, comes around. Today is a day that we should celebrate every day of our lives. It is simple enough to do. Just be kind, whether to people or animals isn’t as important and why not both! It will come back to you, sometime, some place.
It can be as simple as waving hello to someone, taking a homeless person a sandwich or taking your dog for a walk somewhere you don’t normally go. You never know what might happen or how it might affect someone. it might bring them out of depression, change a bad mood into a good one or just make them feel special if only for a moment. Sometimes that moment is a that is required.
Well today is set aside as that day you go out of your way to make someone else’s day a little better. You can go back to ignoring it tomorrow, but then… why?
How to celebrate – Give a random act of kindness to a stranger today. Do the same for someone you know. Wait for that special feeling you get when you have done something nice for someone else.
We get use to people treating us badly, to putting themselves before us. You can’t hardly drive a block anymore without someone shooting you a bird, walking out in front of you, or not stopping even though the law says they have too. We have turned into a “me” world.
Being kind and being nice, isn’t really all that hard. Sometimes it’s just something as simple as a smile that can make another persons day better than it would have been otherwise. It may even make your day better!
We all have our own issues, things we have to deal with that we would rather not have to deal with. We seldom think that others have their woes and problems as well. Since they do not affect us directly we do not think about them. It’s all about us. The funny thing is, when you start thinking about others your own problems seem less and sometimes even disappear.
When we do somethinh without being asked to do anything, it means all that much more. So don’t wait to be asked, just go ahead and do it! That’s the nice thing about a smile, it costs nothing and is almost always accepted.
How to celebrate – Do something good for someone today. Send a card to a serviceman. Thank your postal carrier ir garbage men. Pay for a coffee for the person behind you in line.
Most of us have way too much stuff. Some of us have nothing at all. Linda Eaton Hall-Fulcher asks that those of us who have, give something away to those of us who do not. The idea, I think, is to put someone ahead of yourself. Giving clothes away to those in need, shoes to those who have none, even a warm meal to someone who is hungry seems like the least we could do. If we all did that we would not only help those people in need physically but mentally as well. Who knows, maybe it could change their lives for the better forever.
If everything you have is too valuable for you to give away, go buy something that you have no attachment to and give it away. It doesn’t have to be expensive but it may be worth a small fortune to those you are giving it to. And you don’t have to do it everyday, though that would be nice, it just needs to be today. Even something as simple as buying the person behind you in line at Starbucks a cup of coffee. Maybe they don’t need you to buy it for them but what a nice gesture to show someone you are thinking of them instead of just yourself.
And gifts can be something as simple as a handful of flowers if the intent is meant. Even by receiving the gift from someone else and showing your pleasure is giving a gift back that can’t be bought. Receive the gift in the way it is meant, giving just as much thought back to the giver as they gave to giving something to you.
I am always amazed by those who have little to nothing themselves but always find some way to give to others. Even if those others happen to be an animal down on its luck. A little human kindness goes a long, long way.
And maybe that someone just needs a well timed hug. That can be huge gift of its own.
How to celebrate – Bring a co-worker a drink without being asked. Better yet, if you know what they like you will surprise them even more and show them they are more than just another person in the office. Drop some food or blankets off at a pet shelter, they need your help a lot more than you might think. Drop off some clothing you no longer want or use to the Goodwill or Salvation Army.