This year marks the 15th anniversary of World Kindness Day. This Day was introduced back in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, and is observed in many different countries, including Canada. The idea is to celebrate and highlight the good in the community, focussing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us. Kindness is a fundamental part of the human condition which bridges the divides of race, religion, politics, gender and postal codes.
The World Kindness Movement people are currently trying to get this day officially recognized by the United Nations.
Kindness is defined as ‘the act or the state of being kind, marked by goodness and charitable behaviour, mild disposition, pleasantness, tenderness and concern for others’. It is know as a virtue, and is recognized as a value in many cultures and religions.
Everyone has their own idea of what kindness is. Giving up your seat on a crowded bus for that older gentleman or the woman with the baby, giving compliments, volunteering your time for your favourite local charity, bringing a basket of goodies to a shut in – all of these are just a few samples of different acts of kindness.
On Nov. 13, take a few moments and try to do something kind and selfless for someone around you. It doesn’t have to be something big – it could be as simple as smiling at and holding the door open for the shopper who’s hands are full of bags.