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.
Kindness Day UK was launched by Louise Burfitt-Dons in 2010 to mark November 13th as an annual awareness of kind deeds in the UK. The first Kindness Day was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement and is now observed in many countries, including Canada, Japan, Australia, Nigeria and United Arab Emirates. In 2009, Singapore observed the day for the first time by distributing 45,000 flowers. Last year a kindness text wave swept the UK, awards ceremonies took place in Scotland and Italy and there was a party atmosphere on Bondi Beach in Australia. In the UK many charities flagged up the day with their own individual campaigns.
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 and Health
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
13 Kindness Ideas for November 13th!
"When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world." -- Harold Kushner
John Paul Flintoff gives us the happy news that you can, and you do, and you will, change the world. He won't tell us how to do it, but gives us examples of people who have changed the world through their actions, and some guidelines. First, ask yourself: "What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail"? Then, to break things into small steps, ask: "What can you do in the next 24 hours"? And, find some allies - ask people to help you. Finally, emphasize the positive. "To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair convincing." ~ Raymond Williams.
So I urge you , mark it in your diary, make this World kindness day the kindest ever.... in fact why stop there?
Lets make every day the kindest day ever !
Until next time, Make every moment count,