WORLD KINDNESS DAY NOVEMBER 13th
World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on November 13th. It all began in 1997 when World Kindness Week was launched after a group of associations from a number of different countries such as; England, Australia, Thailand and America, gathered together because of their determination to promote kindness around the world. The World Kindness Movement was created and has been an event built around raising awareness and compassion throughout society. The event has continued to grow in popularity every year with increasing numbers of individuals, schools, charities, institutions and businesses taking part.
There are many ways to be kind. When you do something kind, it can easily spread and has a knock-on effect. It is obvious there is power in kindness, it can help create a better world for us all to live in. When we are treated kindly, we tend to be kind towards others too. Now let’s have a look at how you can celebrate and spread some cheer this World Kindness Day.
How Can You Celebrate World Kindness Day?
Help someone in need, if you see someone struggling with their groceries or luggage bags, offer to help.
Text or call a friend just to say hi. You never know what people are going through and a simple phone call for a quick chit chat could make someone’s day.
Check on that elderly neighbour next door, have a cup of tea with them or ask them if they need help with something.
Tell someone you love them, this could be a family member, spouse or your child. Why not let them know how much they mean to you.
Ask a cashier or retail worker how they are. Everyday we come into contact with these workers but barely move beyond “Please” and “Thank you”, why not ask how they are, it could make their day and job that bit nicer.
A smile goes a long way, why not smile and say hi to that passerby. You never know, you could make a new friend!
Each of us has the power to brighten someone else’s day. And what could be better than that? We asked our team at Servisource about random acts of kindness they may have received or experienced, this is what they said:
Giving/recieving a parking ticket with time left on it so you/they dont have to purchase one, this is how legends are born!
It’s always so nice when a cashier asks me how I am while scanning my goods. It’s such a nice thing to do. We are all busy but sometimes it’s nice to just stop and chat for a bit.
I like to buy my co-workers their favourite snack when they are having a long/stressful day at work or at college (usually a cookie).
I always pay someone a compliment on their outfit, be it a stranger, friend or colleague. People put a lot of effort into their outfits and I know how much it brightens my day when it happens to me so I always like to pay it forward.
I love it when someone lets you jump in front of them in the line for the cash register because you only have a few items and they have a huge trolley full. Super kind!
I regularly call into my elderly neighbours to check-in on them and see if they need any help with grocery shopping. This was particularly important during the covid lockdown. It’s important to make sure they are doing OK. It’s one kind thing that always makes my day.
KINDNESS IN HEALTHCARE
Every day our nurses and healthcare assistants work around the clock caring for the vulnerable and elderly. The staff at Myhomecare.ie, (a HSE recognised national supplier of homecare established in 2006 by Servisource Recruitment and part of the CPL Group), carry out a range of homecare services from domestic support to palliative care, among others. Working in healthcare is extremely rewarding and gives people a chance to do something positive for their community. If you’re interested in spreading kindness as a profession, then don’t hesitate to contact our team at the Myhomecare Care Academy, Myhomecare’s one-stop shop for aspiring Carers, offering training and career progression support and guidance. You never know, it could end up being your dream career.
At Servisource, we encourage everybody to do their bit and spread a little kindness on November 13th. If you are unsure about how to be your kindest self, you can find a wide range of resources including ideas for random acts of kindness on the Kindness UK website www.kindnessuk.com. You can even be kind to yourself, treat yourself to that chocolate cake you’ve been eyeing up all week, or go have that lie-in you’ve been meaning to have. After all, it’s the little things that count at the end of the day.
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