Celebrate World Kindness Day

 

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Today, November 13, is World Kindness Day.  It’s a day that is celebrated around the world each year, by focusing on the good kind deeds that happen in our communities every day. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating, because couldn’t we all use a little extra reason to smile this year? 

When we participate in kind acts, whether on this day or any other day, I think it sends a strong message to our kids. I want our kids to understand that we all have the power to impact someone else, and regardless of race, religion, or politics we are all human.  We definitely won’t agree on everything, but I think we can all agree that a little kindness goes a long way. 

Since its World Kindness Day, and we’re home all the time now anyways, today seems like a perfect day to bust out our My Kindness Calendar advent calendars.  It’s a tradition in our house at Christmas, and we’re big fans of advent calendars - between my 3 kids, we will have 7 advent calendars on the go in December, but this one is so special that I really wish we could use it all year round. I love how it encourages empathy, kindness and creativity.

Instead of counting down to Christmas with the kids getting something each day, this calendar invites us to count down by giving something each day.  My kids really enjoy looking through all the options of different kindness acts to do, and selecting one to do for the day.  It's a wonderful bonding experience for the family, focused on sharing blessings, and teaching kids the importance of giving back to their community. 

Different ideas on the kindness stickers included are suitable for all ages, and allow the kiddo to make a positive impact on their family, their local community, our global community, and the environment throughout the month. It just makes it so easy to choose something to do to make someone else smile, and there are also customizable decals if the kids decide to come up with something on their own. I like to encourage them to do at least one customizable one for each other because I like to see what they come up with, and what they feel will make their sibling smile. 

Once their act of kindness is chosen, they add the reusable decal to the beautifully designed wall decal tree, and watch their kindness grow day by day. I really love that the calendar encourages them to be empathetic citizens, and switches the focus of the season from “getting” to giving.  

My Kindness Calendar’s founder, Maran Stern-Kubista, is a mom of 2 in Toronto, who is focused on providing powerful social-emotional learning tools for kids.  In addition to the calendar, she also has a new product called My Mindset Magnets which are a fun way to introduce the power of affirmations, and foster self-confidence. I’m so proud to be one of the “Expert Advisors” for her company, because I think our products go hand in hand.  They teach so many of the same concepts in different ways. Check out the magnets and the advent calendar here, I truly think your kids will love them. Leave it to a mom to come up with an amazing and educational product for kids!  

Here 10 other ways to celebrate World Kindness Day until you get your calendar:

  1. Call a friend to say “I miss you”
  2. Write a handwritten thank you note to your children’s teachers
  3. Hold the door open for someone at the store
  4. Buy coffee for the person behind you in the drive through line
  5. Spend 10 minutes picking up litter near your house
  6. Support a local small business by buying, or liking/sharing their content
  7. Bake cookies for your neighbour
  8. Donate $10 to a cause you believe in 
  9. Call your mom, (she probably misses you)
  10. Smile at 3 people

Hope this inspired you to do something kind to celebrate World Kindness Day today.  Which one will you choose?