Authored by: Corylyn Ybarra, Manager of Shelter-Programs at Salt Lake County Youth Services
Did you know there is a day set aside to celebrate kindness? I am not sure what to think about this. Do we need a day to remind us to be kind to one another? Apparently, the answer is YES!
World Kindness Day is an international observance day and is celebrated on the 13th day of November. It encourages and reminds us all to practice good deeds, good thoughts and acts of kindness. World Kindness Day was born when a collection of humanitarian groups came together on November 13, 1997 and made a “Declaration of Kindness”. The thought behind this declaration is that we each need to practice kindness in all that we do. On world Kindness Day, everyone is encouraged to make a similar declaration. When we show kindness through a smile, by a helping hand, through encouraging words or any selfless act of giving, we create a more caring world.
Kindness can be contagious; show kindness, receive kindness and “pay it forward”. Helping others can restore a sense of humanity, not to mention giving you that warm fuzzy glow inside.
Showing others acts of kindness to others has also been linked to decreased depression. Acts of kindness make us and others feel good. The positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pay if forward”. This means one good deed in a crowned area can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people!
However, pledging to commit just one act of kindness in no less worthwhile; hold the door open for a stranger, compliment your neighbor on their collection of garden gnomes, let your partner have control of the TV remote for the evening.
Other ways we can show kindness is by donating books, hygiene items, or clothes to our local community programs. Did you know Youth Services has two non-profit organizations that help us show kindness to our client’s? Both Shelterkids and Christmas Box International support our at-risk youth. If you are interested in researching more about our non-profit partners; please visit our website at http://www.slco.org/youth
However, you decide to celebrate remember that the best thing about Kindness Day is that it doesn’t cost a thing! it’s about the little gestures of kindness too. Helping others can restore a sense of humanity,