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13 November 2019 16:38

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It is World Kindness Day

Perhaps it's exactly these types of people who have encouraged others to be kinder: Google Trends data shares there's been a more than twofold in searches for the words "kindness" in the past five years. Additionally, the past year's bestselling non-fiction books include Christie Watson's The Language of Kindness: A Nurse's Story and Charlie Mackesy's The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse, a book that focuses on the power of friendship and compassion. Now, the perception of kindness has changed - with people talking about it in day-to-day conversation, he says. When a fan accidentally knocked Lady Gaga off her stage during a performance earlier this year, she said to him, before an audience, "You promise me you're not gonna be sad about that, right?" before making an impromptu speech about kindness. High profile, influential figures like P!nk and the Duchess of Sussex have recently made speeches hinging on the importance of being kind.

"I recently read that the culture of fashion has changed from where it was once 'cool to be cruel' to now where it is 'cool to be kind,'" said the Duchess of Sussex in December 2018 at the British Fashion Awards. Ellen DeGeneres called for kindness last month while defending her unlikely friendship with former US president George W Bush: "When I say, 'Be kind to one another,' I don't mean only the people that think the same way that you do. She said kindness today is "an act of rebellion". There are people who don't have what you have, help them get it. The internet isn't typically considered a kind climate – given the presence of cyber-bullying and trolling which can occur on social media platforms.

Yet, in the past year alone, major brands have launched a number of hashtag-led kindness campaigns across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to help tackle the negativity on these platforms. Then there was the #ChooseKindness campaign, a partnership between Little Mix and skincare brand Simple, which aimed to counteract cyberbullying among teenagers. "Just as negativity can spread like wildfire and cause people to lose faith in humanity - marketing campaigns that celebrate kindness are a much needed antidote to the existential pain and weariness we can feel about the world," says Andrea San Pedro, founder and director of ASP Public Relations. World Kindness Day: November 13, is seen and celebrated as the World Kindness Day. It is celebrated with the aim of spreading kindness through small gestures and creating a positive environment. Currently, there are 28 countries that are officially involved with the world's kindness movement.

Presently, this observance of World Kindness Day is unofficial, and the World Kindness Movement hopes to get an official recognition at the United Nations. World Kindness Day: History The beginning of the World kindness movement takes back to the 1990s era. Small Kindness Movement held a conference in the mid-1990s to invite participants from all over the world to come and share their stories related to the kindness movements that they have started in their own countries. In 2000 November, The World Kindness Movement was also launched in Singapore. World Kindness Day: How can you celebrate?

The main aim behind the World Kindness Day is to highlight and encourage people to use kindness over hatred. It doesn't take a lot to be kind and you can celebrate the World Kindness day with just little acts of kindness. World Kindness Day: Inspiring quotes "Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you." -Princess Diana "I've been searching for ways to heal myself, and I've found that kindness is the best way." -Lady Gaga "Kindness in words creates confidence. Read: International Day for the Eradication of Poverty: 10 poorest countries and facts on how poor the world is Also Read: International Girl Child Day 2019: Theme, quotes, and importance Every small act of kindness helps counteract the bleak view of the world that a person may be harbouring, when depression clouds their ability to see clearly (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk) We hear this so often when clients come to the Suicide Crisis Centre for the first time: they feel unnoticed in the world, that they have no significance or worth and that it doesn't matter if they live or die. It felt disorientating to be out in the world again, after the security and containment of psychiatric hospital, and I imagine I looked lost.

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As a vulnerable person that night, I could have come across people who intended to harm me. The message that I want to pass on from these encounters is the power of kindness. The kindness offered by these strangers reminded me that there is goodness in the world, and that it was not the desolate place that it had appeared a few hours earlier. These acts of kindness helped me feel that this is a world I might want to remain in. Every small act of kindness helps counteract the bleak view of humanity and of the world that a person may be harbouring, when depression clouds their ability to see clearly. I also notice shop assistants – people who give their full attention to the person they are serving, who show warmth and kindness through their tone of voice, their manner and the things they say. That is why encounters of this kind matter so much. Please don't let someone pass unnoticed on their way to end their life. I was noticed by strangers on a dark night as I edged ever closer to ending my own life – my path was interrupted and diverted. As professionals working with clients in suicidal crisis, I know how important it is that we show kindness to every client we meet. Kindness can absolutely save lives. MORE: I help a stranger change their life every week MORE: Saving someone's life taught me how much small talk matters Today, November 13, 2019, is World Kindness Day. I have seen many people encouraging us to were a cardigan today to honor Mr. Rogers on this day. Here is a list of things from Random Acts Of Kindness some things you can do that are just nice...and if you notice...they will not cost you any thing out of pocket. It's vital to acknowledge that acts of kindness can run you down (Picture: Ella Byworth for Metro.co.uk) It's World Kindness Day, when everyone's encouraged to make the world a better place by doing good deeds and showing kindness to others. Too many of us run ourselves ragged trying to be the most wholesome, generous, and lovely person around, picking up the bulk of emotional and domestic labour all in an effort to be 'nice', well-liked, and to try to rid ourselves of the overwhelming guilt of being a world-destroying human creating garbage and doing garbage things. Or worse, we berate ourselves for not doing more, feeling increasingly shit about ourselves no matter what kindness we extend. I don't fancy being trolled on World Kindness Day) The truth of the matter is that while kindness is well-intentioned, you're doing more harm than good when you put kindness to others above kindness to yourself. It's like they say during flight safety guides – you have to put your own oxygen mask on before you help others. Then you end up having to bail at the last minute – ultimately pissing everyone else off more than just letting them do it themselves in the first place – because you're entirely overwhelmed, or you've been taken out by the flu because you're so stressed your immune system feels nonexistent. Maybe you're spending so much time being kind to others that you're so grouchy and irritable, and end up shoving someone out of the way when heading for the Tube or snapping at someone who's already having an awful day. But it's vitally important to look after yourself before you go hard caring for everyone else. And perhaps more so, it's important to recognise that kind gestures might not be an unlimited resource – it can be emotionally and physically tiring to do good. That means not feeling so responsible for saving the planet that you can't sleep at night or picking up so many errands for other people that you have no time to even consider how you actually feel. You can be as kind and generous as you want and feel able, but only once you've extended that kindness to yourself. It's getting enough sleep, eating well, and not doing things that make you feel rubbish. You can't save the world if you're pushing yourself so hard you burn out. It's a way of making sure you're in the right state to do good before you go out and offer kindness to others, enabling you to do more and be better. So this World Kindness Day, treat yourself with kindness before you rush off to do your random good deeds. It's not about ignoring the needs of others, but recognising that it's pretty difficult to help others if you're a wreck. MORE: The kindness of strangers saved my life MORE: What random acts of kindness can you do for Random Acts Of Kindness day?