“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” – Mark Twain
Kindness is an interpersonal skill defined as a benevolent and helpful action intentionally directed towards another person, motivated by the desire to help another.
November 13th is World Kindness Day. This day was established in 1998 with the purpose of helping everyone to understand that compassion for others is what binds us all together, looking beyond ourselves and realizing that we are citizens of the world. Kindness is the common thread that unites us all.
Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking and talking about it. Kindness is best learned when experienced in a way that can be replicated. Kindness is an emotion that is felt, and empathy is a strength that is shared.
Everybody appreciates acts of kindness and there are plenty of opportunities to practice. Take some time to reflect on acts of kindness you have experienced and how those good deeds had a positive impact on your life.
A kind word, a smile, celebrating someone you love, giving honest compliments, telling someone how special they are to you, sharing homemade food, donate clothes that you no longer wear or things you don’t need, can all be acts of kindness.
At ULIS, we planned several activities to celebrate good deeds, spreading positivity with a common goal of kindness.