November 19, 2015
November 13, 2015 marked the 16th anniversary of World Kindness Day. It aims to highlight good deeds in the community and observe how it empowers humanity. After 16 years, World Kindness Day continues to increase people's happiness in a profound way.
People have different ways of showing kindness. It can be the simple act of saying “I love you,” helping an elderly person cross the street, volunteering, or raising money for charity- it does not matter how small it is, because it’s the thought that counts.
Kindness has a big impact on others, but it can also give us positive health benefits. According to a study by Dr. Allan Luks, helping others actually improves our health! Research shows that that pain, depression and disability all decrease after doing something compassionate. However, we should keep in mind that these effects will only happen if we keep our intentions pure.
In celebration of World Kindness Day, I have compiled a list of books that will help inspire you to do something good.
Is beauty truly in the eye of the beholder? Auggie Pullman was born with a terrible facial deformity. All his life, his loving family has home schooled and shielded him from the cruel gaze of the outside world. His life is about to change as he attends school with other kids for the first time. Can he prove to his classmates that he’s just like them despite his appearance? This book will warm your heart as you turn the pages
If you’re an always-on –the-go person like me, this book is perfect for you! Conari Press loaded it with touching stories, quotations, and thoughtful suggestions. Random Acts of Kindness will inspire you to spread delight and goodness to others and yourself.
Whenever you buy you shoes from TOMS, they donate a pair of shoes to someone in need. How wonderful is that? Blake Mycoskie, founder and CEO of TOMS explains how helping the world can be profitable. Blake fills every page with optimism, stories and advice from his fellow entrepreneurs. Not only can this book give you advice on how to start something, it can also inspire you to follow through. This is a must read for people who want to master the art of success while simultaneously changing the world.
Remember, you can always practice the act of kindness even if it’s not World Kindness Day. After all, no act of kindness goes to waste.