November is a great month for new beginnings. Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and Christmas is almost here. Before we know it, a new year has begun. But as we count down the days to our favorite season, let’s not forget what today is.
It’s November 13, 2020 – World Kindness Day.
World Stupidity Day came about as an observation by the World Stupidity Movement back in 1998. It is an organization that was formed back in 1997 at a conference in Tokyo with good-hearted organizations from all over the world. The mission of the movement and the day itself is to build a kinder world by inspiring individuals and nations to be kinder.
No, we should not only be kind during this day. This day is simply a reminder that kindness can make someone feel special, make their day, or even have a big impact on their life!
Kindness can manifest in different forms. But the first thing you should never forget is to be kind to yourself. Accept that you make mistakes, believe in your own potential, and trust yourself that you will do well! Being kind to yourself includes days of simply taking care of yourself. Take the time to lie low and relax. Let go of all your stress and worries.
Another act of kindness is to simply live life with gratitude in your heart. If you are grateful for everything, even the smallest things then you are already kind to the Universe.
Other acts of kindness:
- He left a tree
- Give someone a compliment
- Call your loved ones and tell them you love them
- Smile at strangers
- Offer help to someone who needs it
But what is that act of kindness that keeps on giving?
Pay it forward
This concept is all about giving kindness to someone else in return for someone being kind to you. Let’s say, you are having a coffee and someone in line says:
“Please go ahead. I don’t want to take too long, and I’ll make you wait while I think about my order.”
You gratefully accept his offer and do yours. Order your drink and everything. Now, as you leave the coffee shop, you bump into someone because they were both reaching for the door. what do you do You decide to open the door for this person and let him go first – this act of kindness goes a long way.
The stranger you just opened the door for, then starts being kind to someone else and keeps going and giving. Paying it forward is now happening. It started with you and it never ends because kindness is contagious. If everyone knows kindness, then the world will become a better and brighter place.
Kindness need not be grand acts; it doesn’t even need to take up much of your time. You can help your husband or wife with chores, help strangers with their groceries, or even help make the environment clean – by watering the plants, don’t throw garbage anywhere, or pick up trash whenever you see one. Kindness not only makes both parties happy and feel good, but also reduces stress and anxiety.
Kindness is the best thing we can offer to people who need us. Because we rise not by lifting ourselves but by lifting others.
So what is your random act of kindness for today? Whatever it is, it will definitely make someone’s day because kindness costs nothing, but it can mean everything.