“NO ACT OF KINDNESS, NO MATTER HOW SMALL, IS EVER WASTED.”
This week and particularly on Sunday, November 13 is World Kindness Day (WKD). It’s the day we celebrate kindness, acceptance, and respect for all things around the world. It’s certainly not a new event but for many who have never heard of World Kindness Day, now is the time to start planning on what you can do to show more kindness. While we may think of being kind to those we care about, this day goes beyond that into showing kindness and care to strangers who most need it. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture or even cost any money. It can be something as simple as helping an elder lady with her grocery bags or giving your seat to someone else on the bus or train. Or, it could be something magnanimous as handing out food bags to the homeless.
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/) started with a single idea to spread kindness in schools, communities and homes. With that mission in mind, RAK has grown around the world, spreading the word of kindness and acceptance to as many places as possible. The act of kindness is like a single seed. It may start off small but it blossoms into something beautiful and great and it spreads through the winds of change. We can all strive to be kinder, to be more accepting of others and of ourselves, and to spread the joy of the simple act of being kind.
“WHEN WE FEEL LOVE AND KINDNESS TOWARD OTHERS, IT NOT ONLY MAKES OTHERS FEEL LOVED AND CARED FOR, BUT IT HELPS US ALSO TO DEVELOP INNER HAPPINESS AND PEACE.”
Children are perfect examples of teaching them to be kinder to others. Like little sponges they soak up everything around them and without prejudices at most times. Children learn from watching others – mostly their family – and mirroring what they see. So let’s teach our children the simple act of being nice and to not judge.
Below I’ve listed a few ideas that children can do to show more kindness. To understand that kindness begins with one person. To believe that even one person can start the change for good.
10 Things Kids Can Show Kindness:
1- Smile every day. Even on sad or troublesome days, think of something that makes you happy and smile. It will dramatically change your mood and outlook.
2- Let the person behind you go in front of you in the lunch line.
3- Bring your teacher a hand drawn card or note telling her/him how much you appreciate the hard work.
4- Help teachers and staff pick up trash in school.
5- Smile kindly at a stranger in the grocery store.
6- Depending on the age, offer to pick up mail and newspapers for the neighbors while they’re away. Or water the lawn/garden for them.
7- Leave little notes of encouragement throughout the school while no one is watching.
8- Open the door for someone at school.
9- Befriend a new student in school.
10- Gather items to donate to donation centers and encourage your friends to do so.
Being kind to someone shouldn’t be a hardship on anyone. Children are inherently kind unless taught otherwise. So even if it’s as simple a gesture as smiling at a teacher or giving her a hug, or helping the teacher clean up in class, any small movement of thoughtfulness and kindness will be appreciated and rewarded.
For more info about the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation and about World Kindness Day, please visit their website:
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These are all wonderful ideas. It is never to early to start to teach children kindness and compassion!
Very well said!