06 Feb How kindness leaves a mark before we leave
World kindness day is celebrated every year on the 13th of November. It was declared in
1998 by the World Kindness Movement. Like many other celebrations and internationally
recognized days, World Kindness Day, though celebrated worldwide, is not very familiar to
people. Many people around the globe don’t even know there is such a day as World
I, a boarding student of Sharanya Narayani International School, a leading IB world school
near Bangalore, celebrate many internationally recognisable days. Firstly, our teachers
create awareness about these interesting days, we find out why these days are recognised
and celebrated world over. On most days there are assemblies where certain classes
present these interesting days to the whole school through a presentation or skits or
Now, comes the main part ‘How kindness leaves a mark before you leave.’ A quote says
“life is short, spend it happily”. We should rephrase, “Life is short, spend it happily and
spread as much kindness as possible”. Almost all the social and political problems right to a
small argument to huge wars are because people aren’t willing to show kindness.
You don’t have to be a famous celebrity to leave a mark of kindness. A person, a single
person whom you have treated well – with love, respect and kindness is a mark of your
benevolence. Nowadays people leave each other alone, with no generosity or help.
“Kindness is a language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”- Mark Twain.
Kindness is outlined in the dictionary as the quality of being friendly, generous, and tactful.
Affection, gentleness, warmth, concern, and care are words that are related
to kindness. Although kindness has connotation of somebody being naive or
weak, that’s not true. Being kind usually needs courage and strength. Kindness is an
Science has shown that devoting resources to others, instead of having a lot of for
yourself, brings lasting well-being. Kindness has been found by researchers to be the most
important predictor of satisfaction and stability in relationship. Several
leading universities, like Harvard, are stressing on kindness on applications for admission.
There are different ways to be kind. One way to be kind is to be conscious of people who
need help around us. A sense of togetherness and community is created when people are
kind to those around us.
Opening your eyes and noticing others who are suffering. A kind word, a smile, opening a
door for someone, or offering to carry a load are all acts of kindness.
Celebrating somebody else’s successes, giving honest compliments, telling someone that
they make a difference, that they are special, offering to take a picture, refusing to gossip,
and donating things we don’t use much are some of the ways we can show kindness.
Kindness is having the open mind and heart to whole-heartedly celebrate somebody else’s
successes. Kindness is to be brazenly happy for another person. Sometimes, kindness is also
telling white lies to make another happy. Kindness includes being kind to yourself.
There are many ways to be kind and many opportunities to practice. Perhaps kindness is a
value that could add more satisfaction to and strengthen your relationships. A basic deed
we do can leave a huge impact on a lot of people. Some people will think about how the
other person will repay them. But that’s the thing – when you help a person out and show
them you’re nice, you shouldn’t expect a repayment. Whoever reads this, please try to be
kind and spread awareness, because kindness is contagious. “A single act of kindness
throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. … And these
trees give everyone a better life and you feel good at heart.”