Uplifting

Kindness Day UK 2017 (13/11) and a free movie gift.

Kindness Day UK is celebrated nationwide annually, 13th November. It is a day to celebrate and promote kindness in all its forms. World Kindness Day falls on the same day and unites people in kindness globally.

Princess Diana famously said

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.

This is part of the glue that binds the family that I have created together. I raise my children to be kind and caring every day of the year, and without expectation of reciprocation. Sometimes it sadly feels as if they are in the minority. More so when we are complimented for how kind and compassionate they are, as if it’s some kind of amazing and rare achievement.

Kindness day UK seeks to put the kindness back into the country, and hope that it will be as contagious as a smile, catching on around the world before long.

 

One Random Act of Kindness comes in an unexpected form from Lionsgate Movie co. The story of Wonder is an adaptation a New York Times best selling book that follows the story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, the story invites the audience along to see Auggie’s journey from victim of childhood unkindness, and isolation to watch him flourish and become the little boy that everyone wants to know.  Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out. Pulling in the big names, Owen Wilson & Julia Roberts alongside child actor Jacob Tremblay. The sneak previews and trailers have been enough to reduce my hard nose to a sniffling, eye leaking wreck, beautiful, heartbreaking, heartwarming and inspiring, this has got to be a must see for family audiences. A handful of cinemas in the UK are running an advanced screening tomorrow and the tickets are FREE ! If you’re in the UK on Monday 13th November then why not pop over to http://tickets.wonder.movie and book your tickets now to avoid disappointment ? If you do go and see it then I’d love to hear all about it in the comments section underneath.

 

 

While we don’t all have the resources to give free cinema tickets away, there are things that each and every one of us can do to be kind on National Kindness day. A few examples of past celebrations of World Kindness Day and Kindness Day UK:

  • Kindness UK handed out 10,000 free chocolate bars at London Train stations
  • The Singapore Kindness Movement gave out 30,000 Gerberas
  • World Kindness Australia conducted an enormous Kindness Hug on Bondi Beach
  • Kindness UK encouraged a Text Wave that swept the UK
  • A Kindness Awards Ceremony took place in Parma Italy hosted by The Italian Kindness Movement
  • Kindness Scotland put on ‘Kind Kid Awards’
  • Worldwide Freeze Mob Flash Dance organised by Life Vest Inside

 

A lot of small kindnesses can add up in a massive way. Eleven years and one month ago a woman came into my life in the most tragic of circumstances. Liann had lost her first daughter (and her second experience of baby loss) after giving birth 15 weeks early. While little Emily Alice fought a battle that inspired us all, sadly nature and fate were not kind and she lost her  battle. My role at that time was as a counsellor for women who had lost their children at any stage in pregnancy, neonatally and for a range of reasons. Over my time on the babyloss boards I met thousands of grieving women, I remember a great number of them, but some leave an indelible mark on your heart. Emily was a child who left one of those marks on my heart. So eleven years on Liann and I are still in touch.

Last year I couldn’t have been prouder of Liann and her lovely family when they turned their heartbreak into something very special with their own Acts of kindness project. They turned a tragic heartbreak into something huge by enlisting friends and well wishers to commit to performing ten acts of kindness, and making a donation to the neonatal unit in which Emily Alice fought her brave battle. The project raised more that £1,250 in Emily Alice’s name. It also raised at least as many acts of kindness across the UK. From notes to loved ones, and cakes for colleagues, Pounds on vending machines, and surprise gifts for others, the random acts of kindness just grew and grew! And thanks to the money raised they’ll grow forever more in the valuable equipment provided to the NNICU unit. This is a story to inspire you and show you that small acts can make a huge different. I couldn’t be prouder of my friend, and her family for all that they have achieved.

As a byline, the first question in this interview has made me think of Chelsea Eede’s recent article.

This afternoon I am laying down a challenge to my fellow MCXVian’s to commit to one act of kindness on the 13th of November. Hit the comments box and make your pledge please, fellow writers at the very least, but readers are very welcome to join in too. I’ll attempt to edit your pledges in and pen an update in a couple of days.

A list of suggestions from kindness UK includes :

  • Sign the petition asking the United Nations to make ‘World Kindness Day’ (13th November) a globally recognised day
  • Help an elderly neighbour take the bins out
  • Send an appreciative text to a friend or family member
  • Buy a coffee for the person behind you
  • Call and chat to someone you think might be lonely
  • Let a car go in front of you, particularly on a busy road
  • Offer to look after a friend’s pet while they are on holiday
  • If you walk past someone moving into a new home, offer to help
  • When you’re on a busy train or bus, offer your seat to someone who looks like they need it more than you
  • Pass on a good book when you’re finished with it
  • Pay the toll for the driver behind you
  • Take a minute to help someone even if you’re in a rush
  • Offer to do a food shop for an elderly neighbour
  • Help a mother carry her pushchair upstairs
  • Help a friend pack when their moving house
  • Take the time to get to know your colleagues
  • Say good morning to everyone on your way into work and good evening on your way home
  • Surprise one person a month with a treat.
  • Send a thank you email to a friend or colleague
  • Eat lunch with someone new
  • Take time to yourself when you feel stressed – go for a short walk or for a coffee
  • Clean the communal refrigerator, microwave or oven in your workplace
  • Offer to help colleagues with their work when you are able
  • Learn the names of people in your building who you see everyday
  • Hold the door open for those behind you
  • Sign up to the organ donor register
  • Ask people to donate to your chosen charity instead of giving a gift on your birthday
  • Give someone a compliment – it can make their day, week or year!
  • When making a tea or coffee, offer to make one for anyone else who would like one
  • Surprise your colleagues with a kind post-it note on their desk
  • Bring in treats for your colleagues
  • Offer to buy a drink or some food for a homeless person
  • Go through your possessions and donate items you no longer use to charity
  • Buy music where the profit goes to charity
  • Make yourself know to anyone elderly or vulnerable in your community so they have somewhere to turn if they need help
  • Become a pen friend to someone less fortunate than you
  • Provide a helping hand to those less able to cross a road
  • Volunteer at a nursing or care home
  • Spend time with someone who might be lonely
  • Help an elderly person with their shopping
  • Leave money in a parking metre, ticket or vending machine for the next person
  • When paying for yourself, offer to pay for someone else too (e.g. in a coffee shop or at a train station)
  • Write a letter to a member of the armed services thanking them for their service
  • Join or set up a local community group with a view to getting to know your neighbours and increasing the sense of care and community in the area
  • Write a blog about kindness in society
  • Support charities and good causes on your social media pages
  • Give food coupons to a homeless person
  • Take the time to really listen to someone
  • Give blood
  • Make sure something is ethically sourced when buying it
  • Donate coats and blankets to a homeless shelter particularly in the winter
  • Share positive posts on your social media pages
  • Pay the road/bridge toll for the vehicle driving behind you
  • Cook a meal for someone else – e.g. deliver a lasagne to a new mother
  • Tell the manager when you receive good service
  • Surprise a loved one with a kind note e.g. in their lunch box
  • Donate creative items, toys or games to a children’s hospital
  • Offer to return someone’s shopping trolley in the car park
  • Say thank you more
  • Write a note of encouragement and place it inside a book or magazine in waiting room
  • Leave a pile of pennies by a fountain for passers by to make a wish
  • Write positive online reviews for places you have visited or businesses you have gone to
  • Pay someone a compliment (in person and via social media)
  • Write a thank you letter to a teacher who stands out from your education
  • Wash a friend or family member’s car or bike for them
  • Buy a lottery ticket and give it to a stranger
  • Pop-in and say hello to new neighbours
  • If you enjoy your meal at a restaurant, send your compliments to the chef
  • In your spare time, volunteer at a charity shop
  • Spend time to get to know your neighbours
  • Borrow or hire products you only need to use occasionally
  • Register with the Mailing Preference Service to avoid unwanted junk mail being sent to your home
  • Smile at a stranger
  • Buy fair-trade products
  • Let someone go in front of you in the queue
  • Pick out good causes on the internet and ‘like’ or ‘follow’ them
  • Volunteer at your local health centre
  • Put your loose change in a charity box

You can find more suggestions at KindnessUK but I’d love to hear your creative kindness suggestions.  We’d also love to hear from you if you’ve been on the receiving end of the end of an act of kindness. What happened and how did it make you feel? Did it do anything to inspire you to engage in a random act of kindness yourself?

Don’t forget, check the Wonder Website to find a cinema running the wonder free previews across the UK on November 13th.

Choose Kindness people! It costs nothing but means everything.

 

If you have a choice between being right and being Kind always choose being Kind.

Inspiration to help you choose Kindness.

Dorne Warner

I'm a freelancer with a diverse range of professional experience and a passionate interest in the human experience. I've spent 20 years working across a range of communicative platforms and online communities. My absolute favourite was 7 years in a voluntary capacity with iVillage UK. In this role, I was able to break the constraints of contracted work and discovered a passion for connecting with service users in order to feedback to HQ. This role generated a depth of understanding of the client experience from which the management was able to improve their service. I refer to this as my favourite because although voluntary iVillage UK helped me to find my speciality and develop my professional skill set. I currently manage an osteopathic practice. By implementing the deeper level of client understanding I have successfully enhanced the treatment experience, dispelled patient anxiety, and shortened prescription lengths. This enhanced service has improved client return rates and word of mouth recommendations. I've also successfully enhanced staff experience. Happy staff are integral to achieving happy clients. My strengths include safeguarding and risk assessment. At a personal level, I am highly motivated and self-critical. I strive to improve myself in order to deliver better results for my employers. My colleagues describe me as intuitive, supportive, and 'useful to have around'. I thrive in positions in which I can support others. I also thrive while self-improving. I remain a student with the open university, with whom I studied for my BSc (Hons) Psychology & am reading an MSc path with. I thrive in support roles. I am freelancing and available for ghostwriting, project management, short-format feature articles and charity work.
  • Anh Ha

    Love it Dee, you’re such a lovely elderly lady hahaha.
    This is gonna help with https://mcxv.com/kindness-heres-a-list-of-kind-acts-for-feel-good-friday/ which I’ve neglected for a while – thanks a million!
    I pledge to world peace lololol.
    Kk seriously errr I pledge to spend at least a few hours volunteering for charity.
    Also signed the petition – that would be cool!

  • Joseph Paul John McCarthy

    What a great initiative. Really hope that the day gets the recognition it deserves.
    If there’s one thing the world needs it’s more kindness.
    Ok I signed the petition. So I’ll pledge to smile at strangers, share positive posts online (including this one) and send positive messages to my friends and family.
    Great article Dee.

  • Danielle

    There are endless ways to be kind and I love the simple ideas mentioned on your list. The Wonder Trailer was also very moving and really kindled my fire. I will be looking for more ways to be kind in my community especially during the holiday season when many feel the most lonely.

  • Tommyboy

    We make it a point to engage in as many RAK’s as possible because you just never know what’s going on in someone’s world.