This guest blog is written by Abby McHan ’17, strategic communications intern for the UGA Alumni Association.
November 13 is World Kindness Day, a day that celebrates acts of kindness, no matter how large or small. This day is dedicated to encouraging others to make a small act of random kindness and pay it forward to others. Historically speaking, November 13 is the day that the World Kindness Movement was created at the Tokyo Conference in 1997. Like World Kindness Day, the movement was created in order to create global awareness for the necessity of kindness in our world.
The UGA Alumni Association is lucky to have an alumni base that understands the concept of giving back. Many graduates commit acts of kindness through their professional careers, from educating children to providing small businesses with the financial expertise necessary for growth. Recognition and thanks need be given to alumni who are involved with their alma mater and communities. However, kindness does not have to involve giving money. Here are some small acts of kindness you might work into your everyday life:
- Show your friends how much you appreciate them by writing a letter or even sending a quick “hope you’re doing well” text message.
- Pick up stray litter around your community.
- Invite friends or family over for dinner.
- Offer to carry something to the mail room for your coworker.
- Give someone a shout-out on your social media accounts for a job well done.
- Be kind to yourself and don’t be afraid to splurge a little. Let yourself eat that slice of cake!
Use this day to take a step back and look around. No matter what, don’t be afraid to reach out and lend a hand to those who might need an extra boost of kindness around you.