Beginning today, treat everyone you meet as if they were going to be dead by midnight. Extend to them all the care, kindness and understanding you can muster, and do it with no thought of any reward. Your life will never be the same again.
It's a day to celebrate and promote kindness in all its forms.No mater where you are on World kindness day, its the day to change the World with a simple act of kindness.
Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.
Kindness can bring a sense of richness and fulfilment to our lives. I can also result in
making us healthier. There have been a number of studies undertaken which
demonstrate the positive effects of kindness on health, both psychological and
Further studies are under way, and several books have been published on the
beneficial effects of kindness by top scientists. Experiments have shown that doing a
kind deed for another person can make you feel more optimistic and happier, more
energetic, more able to resist pain. It can make you calmer, feel more relaxed and help
you sleep better.
It can help you feel healthier and control your weight better. It can aid you to
empathise with others and make you more creative. It can make you heady with joy
and feel excited. It can help to decrease feeling lonely and depressed. It can increase
your sense of self control so that you don’t feel so lonely and helpless.
It can help reduce acid in the stomach leading to bloating and reduce high blood
pressure. It can increase your body warmth and help you live longer. It can bring
about relief from arthritis and asthma and speed up recovery from an operation. You
can even use acts of kindness to relieve back pain and banish headaches. It can actual
make your eyes shine and make you look more beautiful.
Why does helping others make you feel so good?
There are two reasons. One is because helping other people takes our mind off our own problems. Another reason is that when we carry out an act of kindness, our body rewards us by
triggering chemicals called endorphins within the body creating a ‘feel good’
sensation. These are naturally occurring morphine-like substances that create a feeling
of bliss within us and help to reduce the intensity of any pain messages being sent to
It is not necessary to carry out major acts of kindness to gain the health benefit. In fact
it has been found that brief, small, regular acts of kindness lead to the highest levels of
well being. That means if we happily punctuate our day with doing small kind acts we
can expect to feel good and make ourselves more popular as a result.
When you choose to become a kinder person, you are helping yourself as well as the
person you help. Your kindness has a ripple effect. It has the magical ability of
making others who look on and see you being kind to someone feel good too. In other
words, it triggers their endorphins. When you make the decision to be a kinder person,
you are effectively bringing about positive social change.
When you choose to do a kind deed you are actively helping to reduce world tension.
You are also helping to relieve the frustrations which lead people to bully and hurt
However, it is important that we know how to carry out kind acts. In order to gain
from a kind act, or help others gain from a kind act we have to do it in a certain 2
way. If we expect something good to come of it—for example, we do something kind
and we don’t get thanked—we can feel anger or disappointment. Then all the benefits
are lost. Therefore it is important we do kind acts without expect anything in return.
Kindness is not only something that has positive benefits just for ourselves, it is
something that has a positive effect on the community. Any act of kindness will help
to bring about peace in our schools, our offices, and our homes. Any act of kindness
will help to bring about world peace.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has." -- Margaret Mead
- Give a friend your favorite inspirational book with a personal note attached.
- Pay for the person behind you in queue.
- Leave flowers on the doorstep of someone you don't know.
- Write a thank you note to someone who inspired you.
- Go to the nearest park or public space and clean up as much litter as you can.
- Create 5 cards with inspiring quotes or messages and leave them in a coffee shop or public place for someone to discover.
- Pay for a stranger's meal anonymously.
- Send an uplifting text message.
- Give FREE hugs!
- Leave a £5 note for someone to find with a kind message attached.
- Write a song, poem or a note for a loved one and share it with them.
- Give a gift for no reason.
- Email kindness stories.
"When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world." -- Harold Kushner
Lets make every day the kindest day ever !
Until next time, Make every moment count,