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Tuesday, 13 November 2012


On this day, November 13, the world celebrates World Kindness Day. This initiative was introduced first by the World Kindness Movement at the World Kindness Movement conference which was held in 1998 at Tokyo, Japan. Ever since then this event has been observed in many countries, including the UK, Nigeria, UAE, Singapore, Canada, Japan, Australia, Italy, and India. This day was set out specifically to celebrate and promote kindness. The calling behind today's celebration is to inspire people in the direction of kindness and bring nations together to make a world of kindness. 

Louise Burfitt-Dons pioneered this event in the UK. Remarkably, in 2009 when World Kindness Day was celebrated in Singapore, about 45,000 flowers were distributed as gifts. Gulf News observed this event as "a day that encourages individuals to overlook boundaries, race and religion." 

Today, we are in deed encouraged to look beyond geographical boundaries, ethnic affiliations, religious backgrounds, racial attachments, and family lineages in our dealings with other people. We are advised to carry at all times a disposition that points at raising the value of kindness in our homes, churches, schools, offices and society as a whole, and increasing the amount of kindness that we show to others, hence, ingraining in our minds the spirit of kindness such that kind acts become the center stage in our daily life. Therefore, take a little moment for kindness and be compelled in the spirit of kindness to make someone carry out an act of kindness. Value today the worth of kindness by being kind to people, animals, and the environment around you. 

Though cats scare the heck out of me, I have chosen to be kind to them today. What about you? I have chosen also to be kind to every woman I come across today. Over past decades women all over the world women have been advocating for equality to men in all ramifications of life. Women want rights equal to their counterparts- men. Women want to partake in decision making processes that affect their future. Let's make kindness a bigger part of our daily lives.

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