World Kindness Day was created in 1998 to help promote and highlight good deeds done around your local community. As I get older, I feel that days like this are more and more important. There is so much hate and anger in the world right now. Some days it seems like there isn’t a single person around that isn’t angry about something. When you are surrounded by constant conflict, whether in the home or at work or school, it can be mentally and physically draining. (Trust me, I know this from experience.) You can become numb to the good things and only see the bad around you, which pulls you deeper and deeper into that hole of anger and sadness. Then it spreads like a disease.
When you engage in acts of kindness, it doesn’t just help the person you are being kind to – it can help you as well. The act of helping another person is a proven moral booster for yourself and for the receiver. Donate needed items to a local shelter. Give to your favorite charity. Buy some groceries for a food pantry. Volunteer your time at a community garden or shelter. It doesn’t have to be a big, grand gesture. It could be as simple as a smile, a hello, a compliment. Buy someone’s coffee or meal one day if you have the extra money. Tell someone they are rocking their outfit or you think their hair style is awesome. Just showing someone you care can brighten their day.
These little specks of kindness can add up. It can flow exponentially – inspiring more and more people around you to do the same, spreading more and more good into the world. Almost like an antidote.
You never know…you could start a KINDNESS EPIDEMIC with just one small gesture of kindness today.