World Kindness Day educates the importance of being kind to yourself, to others, and to your environment. This day promotes togetherness, bridging rifts, and overcoming division globally. It encourages and celebrates the good actions done by others and in the community. If you missed it last month, here's your chance to take a look back at its origin along with tips on how and why you should celebrate not only next November but every other day too.
In 1997, A Tokyo Conference was held where Japan brought together like-minded organizations and highlighted the need for and founded the World Kindness Movement. In 1998, World Kindness Day was honored and is observed in various countries, including the United States, Canada, Japan, Italy, Australia, and the United Arab Emirates.
World Kindness Day is celebrated each year on November 13th where groups and individuals are encouraged to commit to an act of kindness and to demonstrate gratitude in effort to bring change and to make a difference.
How: Behavioral Activation You can be kind to yourself by engaging in healthy eating habits and practicing healthy sleep hygiene. You may demonstrate kindness to others by expressing your gratitude and/or offering to help with errands or to prepare a meal for someone. You could show kindness to your community by joining a neighborhood cleanup program or supporting local businesses. You might exercise your kindness in the world by volunteering and/or recycling.
Benefits: Behavioral Change
The benefits of acting out of kindness and practicing gratitude include increasing self-esteem, positive emotions, and patience. It improves generosity, relationships, and life satisfaction. Kindness increases stress-tolerance, improves decision-making, and fosters resilience.
The interconnectedness of thinking, feeling, and behaving. Kindness can also be linked to mindfulness and gratitude as we aim to be mindfully grateful and kind. Mindfulness is to calmly observe your surroundings and openly accept events as they happen to better manage your emotional reaction to stressful or challenging situations. Gratitude is to focus on what is going well in life and to bring attention to the good things as they occur which fosters positive awareness to begin expressing appreciation for them. Kindness is to have a genuine concern and the ability to understand when there is a need and
actively meet those needs without expectation. Learning how to be mindful, having gratitude and showing kindness to ourselves, others, and our environment will increase our sense of connectedness, meaning, and purpose leading to an overall positive mental health and well- being.
Take time to think about your daily interactions with yourself, family, friends, neighbors,
coworkers, etc. Take a second to think about your actions and the consequences they produce. Take a moment to think about what you are giving your attention to, focusing on, or helping to grow. Reflect on your impact, strengthen your influence, and become the change that you want to see.
“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.” – Maya Angelou