As today is World Kindness Day, I began thinking…
Initiated in 1997, this is a day set aside to focus on extending kindly acts towards others, without the expectation of anything in return. While it would be nice to say that every day should be World Kindness Day, the reality is that sometimes work, current events, and other personal challenges can get the best of us. Not to mention that as soon as we open the newspaper or turn on the television, we are confronted with everything from violence in the world to political debates that sometimes focus on the negative. We could surely use an entire day dedicated to kindness!
Certainly, there are a number of benefits to kindness: less stress, improved relationships and a heightened sense of well-being.
I also believe that kindness goes hand in hand with being positive. If you have read my past blogs, you know that I have often written that I view my cup as half-filled and definitely not half-empty. Even with my latest “predicament,” falling and fracturing my femur, I really think that I am fortunate that it was not more serious. Yes, my cup is half-full.
Kindness is something you instill in your child from a very early age. It can be as simple as saying “thank you” or doing an act of kindness.
Ryan and I talk about kindness every day. We strive to model the kind behavior Jesus demonstrated. By completing chores around the house, carrying my bags to the car, or following his nine rules, Ryan incorporates acts of kindness into his day-to-day life. However, he sometimes goes overboard and will repeatedly thank you for helping him, but that is OK from my perspective.
My favorite compliment: You’re the best Mother ever! I can’t hear that enough!
So whatever your take is on kindness, I am sure that you will agree that we should have 365 days of kindness and not just one!
Happy World Kindness Day!