How to practice kindness towards others, the environment, and first and foremost, yourself, to improve mental wellbeing, create healthy relationships, and protect nature for the future of our children.
World Kindness Day happens on November 13 which was established by the World Kindness Movement in 1997. In an Instagram post, the organization declared yesterday: “Today is World Kindness Day, a day created by The World Kindness Movement to serve as a gentle reminder of the importance of the Value of Kindness as a Giver, Receiver and Observer for Ourselves , Others and the Planet.”
Their website states that: “Our kindness inspires and helps our world in so many ways from improving our mental health, our environment and encouraging governments around the world to support World Kindness Day.”
In addition, the website also shares, “Our kindness matters when it is: To Yourself to protect your mental health and emotional wellbeing; To Others to create amazing relationships; To Nature to help protect our environment for the future of our children.”
They invite everyone to participate in their mission with UNESCO’s Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development’s mission to reach 1,000,000 kindness stories. This will help establish World Kindness Day as a United Nations recognized day.
The organization also invites all to their #OneVoiceForKindess campaign by adding your kindness story to the Kindness Jar to inspire and be inspired by these stories of kindness. You can add your story to the Kindness Jar here. Be inspired by this kindness story about environmentally engaged fashion.
The World Kindness Movement celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. The video below shares some history and significance about the movement.
Arianna Huffington shared this post to bring more awareness about the kindness movement.
According to Thrive, here are some ways to practice kindness towards others.
While it is crucial to share kindness with others, it is even more vital to practice kindness towards oneself first. After all, as the saying goes, you cannot pour from an empty cup. Here are some ways you can start on your road to self-care and self-love.
Befriending who we are already.
Celebrating our strengths by believing in our warrior selves.
Giving some love to Planet Earth is another way to celebrate World Kindness Day this week.
According to Climate Changed Me: “Too many people think climate change is some abstract problem of the future. But it’s affecting the lives of millions, right now. So we’re building a collection of first-hand accounts from all over the world. A self-help book for us all. At the time we need it most.”
In addition, the website states that “this November, world leaders meet to present new climate commitments. The stories we share can spark the big, urgent actions we need. The book and audiobook are available for free download in November 2022.” To learn more, visit the website here.
A few last words to remind us how valuable kindness is.
A little bit of compassion goes a long way.
In honor and tribute to Caroline Flack, let us all remember to be kind.
Banner photo via Instagram @worldkindnessmovement.