Tuesday 13th November is World Kindness Day; a day that is celebrated all over the world yet until this week I hadn’t even heard of it. It was introduced in 1998 and has seen countries across the globe share kindness in such amazing ways.
A few examples of past celebrations of World Kindness Day and Kindness Day UK:
- Kindness UK handed out 10,000 free chocolate bars at London Train stations
- The Singapore Kindness Movement gave out 30,000 Gerberas
- World Kindness Australia conducted an enormous Kindness Hug on Bondi Beach
- Kindness UK encouraged a Text Wave that swept the UK
- A Kindness Awards Ceremony took place in Parma Italy hosted by The Italian Kindness Movement
- Kindness Scotland put on ‘Kind Kid Awards’
- Worldwide Freeze Mob Flash Dance organised by Life Vest Inside
I have always made it quite clear that I am not a sociable person and I find getting together with people extremely difficult, even very close friends feels gives me anxiety whenever I have to meet up in public with them however I do try to show kindness whenever I can; I smile at people I walk past (not in a creepy way just a simple glance of acknowledgement), I say good morning to all my work colleagues even on a Monday, I always hold the door open for people and acknowledge when someone has done the same for me; I could carry on but of cause this isn’t me trying to prove i’m almighty because I’m not by a long shot…I have awful road rage and lose my patience quite quickly in certain situations; this is something I will definitely try to work on tomorrow for World Kindness Day…maybe I can get to work without mumbling swears to the person who has just cut me up.
Locally I have seen such wonderful kindness from a community that I had assumed had lost all their community spirit, schools and the general public all got together and helped raised money to send a local little boy to America for treatment he was refused in the UK, this boy is 4 years old and he was refused a chance to survive his rare form of cancer. Our local town rallied together, they organised fun days, convoys, #wearredforZac and made so much noise that Simon Cowell himself donated to the cause! What a fantastic way to raise everyone’s spirits in a very dark time and give a family hope. Being a bereaved parent I understand the need for hope, to fight for every chance you can get and keep going; I would give anything for a chance to keep Jason alive.
I am currently in the process of planning this year’s #AdventForJason alongside so many others taking part in Advent To Remember; a project aimed at anyone grieving over Christmas and missing someone they love, a mother, father, sibling, grandparent, child…anyone! It is a beautiful way of remembering them and doing things for them. Last year I saw so much kindness from others involved in #adventtoremember (which was set up by Jess and this year I want to try and include so much kindness in my own planning too. Christmas is the time for family and usually people are in such high spirits it is the perfect time to share love and kindness.
I would love to know how you may be celebrating World Kindness Day tomorrow, or even how you might help make someone smile.