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World Kindness Day

from: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/become-a-raktivist

Everyday should be World Kindness Day but November 13th is the official, international date. Make a special effort to do at least one random act of kindness today. 

World Kindness Day was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement a coalition of nations kindness NGOs.

World Kindness Day is to highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us. Kindness is a fundamental part of the human condition which bridges the divides of race religion, politics, gender and zip codes.

The positive effects of kindness are experienced in the brain of everyone who witnessed the act, improving their mood and making them significantly more likely to “pay it forward.” This means one good deed in a crowded area can create a domino effect and improve the day of dozens of people!

Kindness increases the love hormone (oxytocin); energy; happiness; lifespan; pleasure; and serotonin.

Kindness decreases pain; stress; anxiety; depression; and blood pressure.

Kindness is teachable – “It’s kind of like weight training, we found that people can actually build up their compassion ‘muscle’ and respond to others’ suffering with care and a desire to help.” Dr. Ritchie Davidson, University of Wisconsin.

Become a RAKtivist – ‘RAKtivist’ is short for ‘Random Acts of Kindness activist’. Think of RAKtivists like kindness ambassadors—and, like all ambassadors, they’re a part of an active, global community. Everybody has the potential to change the world. RAKtivists live and breathe kindness, share knowledge and lead by example. You can tell where they’ve been because they leave a trail of warm-and-fuzzy feelings in their wake.

 

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