Despite times of uncertainty and the recent challenges facing individuals across the globe due to Covid-19, acts of kindness to those struggling and in need have still shone through.
World Kindness Day is observed every year on 13th November. This day was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a coalition of the Nations’ kindness Non-Government Organisations and is observed in many countries, including Canada, Australia, Nigeria and the United Arab Emirates. Singapore observed the day for the first time in 2009. Italy and India also observed the day.
During these uncertain and stressful times, both physically and mentally for individuals, Kindness has never been so prevalent and World Kindness Day highlights good deeds in the community, focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us. Kindness, as a fundamental part of the human condition, bridges the divides of race, religion, politics, gender and zip codes.
A simple but powerful word, kindness offers nothing but a positive impact when it comes to emotional resilience, managing stress, personal confidence and building relationships, whether with neighbours, friends, colleagues or family members.
Across our member firms we hear of many stories offering a reminder of the kindness that has been shown to not only friends and families, but to strangers throughout this difficult time and that no one should have to be alone if they are struggling.
These stories range from examples of random acts of kindness that they have either undertaken or received, or daily activities that have helped them to cope mentally during lockdown.
We have learnt from stories told by staff that the following activities have been instrumental in helping individuals cope during these difficult times:
- Daily exercise (walking/running)
- Virtual social sessions with colleagues/friends/family
- Socially distanced conversations with neighbours/family/friends where appropriate
- Support struggling local businesses and individuals
- Charitable giving
- Sending personalised cards and offering food delivery slots to friends and family
- Home cooking
- Offering expertise to those in need
Kindness and a community spirit shines through and will hopefully continue to provide strength to those who need it as we navigate this turbulent period together.