What does kindness mean to you?
Maybe it’s a hug from a loved one when you’re having a bad day. A phone call from a friend just to say hi and check in. A card in the mail from someone you haven’t heard for in awhile (OMG what’s snail mail gasps every millennial reading this!) A nice compliment from a co-worker, or even someone holding the door for you.
Go a little bit further though; what else is kindness?
It’s donating blankets, and winter coats to the homeless. Offering your time to help with a charity organization. Bringing a meal to someone who is having a rough week or is recovering from surgery. Kindness is more than just praying for someone (which is also great); it’s going and checking on them, bringing them food or assisting them with babysitting if they need it. Offering someone a ride to and from the airport just because you can and you care. It’s actually asking them about their life, and then actually listening while they tell you. It’s giving someone a ride home, buying their lunch, or bringing them a plant as a gift; all just for the sake of kindness.
Kindness is so many things, and can be done in so many ways. But the bottom line, the common factor and structural foundation of it all, is love. Kindness is love.
World Kindness Day
Today, November 13, is World Kindness Day. The purpose of having a day set aside for it, is to highlight the good deeds being done around the world for others.
Think about how negative, scary, and just overwhelming things in the news tend to be lately. Pretty much sucks, right?
Something like world kindness is great, because it can give us a positive perspective again on the ability we as humans actually have to be nice and giving to one another for a change.
So let’s focus on being kind to one another! Let’s be good humans!
Be Kind Today
I will keep today’s post short and sweet, but I leave you with some homework; go out today and do as many kind deeds as you can!
Here are some great resources from The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, of ideas of things you can go do!
And it doesn’t have to be some big, showy, flashy thing; you could literally just pay for someone’s order behind you in the drive-thru today. Or hold the door for someone and smile and say hello!
Also, keep this kindness thing going; don’t just do it for one day and then go back to being a troll. Try to be nice everyday!
Next week instead of going crazy shopping on Black Friday, instead have it be Random Acts of Kindness Day!
And Random Acts of Kindness Week is officially February 17- 22.
Most importantly, just choose to be kind today; and everyday! Be kind always.
Tell me in the comments some kind acts you did today I would love to hear all about them and get the warm fuzzies!