World Kindness Day is celebrated on November 13th – today! – by people all over the world.
It began in Tokyo in 1997 by a group of kindness organisations that started the World Kindness Movement (WKM). I am so happy to be able to say that Australia is one of the countries that is a part of WKM.
The purpose of World Kindness Day is to highlight good deeds in the community because kindness is the common thread that unites us all
Being kind can make you feel better and change someone’s day in a way that you may never know. Thinking about the ways that people have been kind to you can make you feel happier, more appreciated and more confident.
- Think kindly about yourself and others
Everything starts in your mind, with the thoughts that you think about other people and about yourself. Thinking kind thoughts about other people – focusing on what you like about them – will help you to feel closer and more connected with other people. Thinking kind thoughts about yourself – focusing on what you like about yourself – will help you to feel more confident and comfortable with who you are.
- Be compassionate and forgive easily
People always have a reason for acting the way that they do, even when we don’t understand why they do it. Sometimes, when people act in a way that we don’t like, it’s because they are going through something themselves. E.g. when someone is grumpy with you, it might have nothing to do with you – they could be another young carer who is worried about the person that they care for. Or, the grumpy person could be someone who is being cared for and they might be in a lot of pain or going through depression. Although it’s important to protect yourself from someone who is treating you badly, you can still think compassionate thoughts, not take things personally and forgive them for their behaviour. Let grudges go – thinking about the way that someone has hurt you will only make you feel unhappy.
- Appreciate and enjoy people’s differences – and your own!
People’s differences are what make them unique and interesting. In Western Australia, we are so lucky to live in a multicultural state, with so many different foods and cultures to explore. Think about other people’s and your own differences in a positive way and enjoy them! It’s OK to be different and it’s OK for everyone to have your own beliefs, values, culture, style and tastes.
- Practice mindfulness – allow yourself to just “be” & try to relax
Sometimes we get so worked up about what we have to do during the day, all the homework there is and all the things that we need to do for the person that we care for. It’s important to remember to be a human “being” and not a human “doing” and enjoy the simple moments in life. Even when we are busy, we can still take a moment to notice the sun shining, the way that someone has smiled at us and what is good about that moment. If yu need some help with this, you can visit the Headspace blog or call 1300 227 377 to talk to one of our Carers WA counsellors.
Has someone changed your day with an act of kindness?
Why not celebrate World Kindness Day by sending them a Kindness Card?