But thankfully National Kindness Day is upon us once more to restore our faith in humanity and show just how paramount it is to be kind to one another.
Perhaps the author Henry James summed it up best when he said: “Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind, the second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.”
How it began
Kindness Day UK was launched in 2010 by humanitarian and anti-bullying campaigner Louise Burfitt-Dons to mark November 13 as a day for everyone in theUKto do a kind deed. Last year, a kindness text wave swept the nation, an awards ceremony took place inScotlandto honour acts of kindness, and several charities flagged up the day with their own individual campaigns.
The first ever Kindness Day was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, and it is now observed in many countries, includingCanada,Japan,Nigeriaand theUnited Arab Emirates. In 2009,Singaporecelebrated the day for the first time by distributing 45,000 flowers, and last year a party was held onBondiBeachinAustralia.
Crazy things people have done to celebrate
Heard about the woman who put money into vending machines to give lucky recipients free treats? Or the man who gave out lottery tickets to strangers? These are just two of the wacky and wonderful ways people have marked Kindness Day. Other off-the-wall acts include leaving anonymous heartfelt post-it notes scattered around the office for colleagues to find, and picking a random name out of the phone book and sending the recipient store vouchers or theatre tickets.
Small ways to spread kindness
Gestures of kindness can make someone’s day and leave them feeling all warm and fuzzy inside. Here are five ways you can show your caring side:-
1. Hold the door open for a stranger
Good manners cost nothing, so whether you’re at the shops, work or college, you should always try to hold the door open for someone. Those around you will appreciate your politeness.
2. Bake something for your neighbour
How nice would it be to be given some freshly baked bread or cupcakes? You’ll be in your neighbour’s good books forever if you take them round some of your goodies – and they won’t be able to say no when you ask them to keep an eye on your house while you’re on holiday.
3. Send someone flowers
It doesn’t have to be someone’s birthday or anniversary to send them flowers. You can send them just to cheer someone up. You could also take flowers to a hospital ward for someone who hasn’t had any visitors, or use them to brighten up your local church or community centre.
4. Let someone jump the queue
When you’re standing in the queue at the supermarket checkout or waiting to order a coffee, offer to let the person behind you go in front of you. It’s a great way to practise patience – and make someone’s day that little bit better in the process.
5. Pick up rubbish
If you’re fed up of seeing litter blighting your local community, do something about it yourself. You could organise a group of friends and relatives to tidy up parks, playgrounds and beaches – and set an example to others.
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