Today is ‘World Kindness Day’. It’s also ‘Kindness Day UK’. It’s something of a coincidence that both events seem to be happening on the same day. It makes me wonder why there’s even a need for ‘Kindness Day UK’. Why can’t we just all participate in ‘World Kindness Day’?
Is it something to do with Brexit?
Perhaps I’m being unkind to the organisers of ‘Kindness Day UK’. Which is ironic, because I’m not generally an unkind person, so for me to choose to be so on a day when the very opposite of that is being encouraged is borderline preposterous. Particularly as I’m being unkind to a movement that actively wants to make the UK a kinder place, even if just for one day.
Anyway, what’s it all about?
Well it’s all about being kind.
For a day
Through random acts of kindness.
Like giving a stranger a chocolate bar (although not a child, because in that scenario, you are the stranger and smart children always say no to strangers, even on ‘Kindness Day UK’)
Or smiling at people (which is a suggestion listed on the ‘Kindness Day UK’ website) but not in a weird creepy way that makes people feel uncomfortable. It’s not as easy as you think. My advice is to use a mirror to practise first.
Or tolerating the woeful customer service provided by your utility company, even though it’s really irritating that you’ve been kept on hold for twenty minutes only to get through to a department that can’t explain to you why they’ve overcharged for your electricity and then, when you get transferred to someone who might be able to help, you get cut off, only to have to ring back and be kept on hold for another twenty minutes.
So, whatever else you do today, be kind.
You can be as mean as you like tomorrow though.