“In a world where you can be anything, be kind” - Caroline Flack
The World Kindness Movement began in 1998 with the joining up of several countries’ non-government kindness organisations (NGOs).
In the UK it is led by entrepreneur David Jamilly, who co-founded Kindness Day UK with writer and humanitarian Louise Burfitt-Dons.
Kindness is celebrated annually on November 13 by countries such as the UK, America, Japan, Australia, Italy and Canada.
Whilst we love the idea, we are wondering why kindness is to be celebrated only on one day?
Kindness for one day only..........?
Having thought about "World Kindness Day" on Friday, it got Howard thinking........
Why are we being kind on one day and not everyday?
So this morning when Howard got up he sent two text messages to friends he hadn't seen or spoken with for a while asking how they are, wishing them well remembering a past shared expereince, he was amazed to see the responses and so early in the morning.
Howard now intends to say a "good morning" to everyone he passes in the street, with a smile on his face, he started this Friday and people he would never have engaged are now responding with a smile of their own. It made him feel good, who knew!
So Howard's advice, pick one or two things from the list below and try them, they all give you a warm feeling:
- Send a kind text to someone you know. This could be a thank you, well wish, compliment, remembrance of a kind deed or anything kind!
- Say good morning to everyone on your way into work and good evening on your way home
- Eat lunch with someone new
- Clean the communal refrigerator, microwave or oven in your workplace
- Hold the door open for those behind you
- Give someone a compliment – it can make their day, week or year!
- Surprise your colleagues with a kind post-it note on their desk
- Bring in treats for your colleagues
- Offer to buy a drink or some food for a homeless person
- Go through your possessions and donate items you no longer use to charity
- Make yourself known to anyone elderly or vulnerable in your community so they have somewhere to turn if they need help
- Take the time to get to know your colleagues
- Spend time with someone who might be lonely
- Send a thank you email to a friend or colleague
- Help an elderly person with their shopping
- Leave money in a parking metre, ticket or vending machine for the next person
- When paying for yourself, offer to pay for someone else too (e.g. in a coffee shop or at a train station)
- Take the time to really listen to someone
- Donate clothing to a homeless shelter
- Share positive posts on your social media pages
- Pay the road/bridge toll for the vehicle driving behind you
- Cook a meal for someone else – e.g. deliver a lasagne to a new mother
- Surprise a loved one with a kind note
- Write a note of encouragement and place it inside a book or magazine in a waiting room
- Write positive online reviews for places you have visited or businesses you have gone to
- Pay someone a compliment (in person and via social media)
- Make cakes and bring them into work and ask for donations to your chosen charity in return for a slice
- Buy a lottery ticket and give it to a stranger
- Spend time to get to know your neighbours
- Let someone go in front of you in the queue
- Pick out good causes on the internet and ‘like’ or ‘follow’ them
- Put your loose change in a charity box
- Walk or cycle to reduce your carbon footprint
- Adopt a rescued animal as your pet
- Feed ducks in the park
- Take your pet for a long walk and give it treats
We will update this list as Howard completes each task, if you want to suggest a task for Howard to complete, why not email him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org