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It’s World Kindness Day!

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

13th November is celebrated as World Kindness Day every year across several countries, including India. Started way back in 1998, it’s a day to remind us that a little extra kindness to those around us is never a small thing, especially for the person on the receiving end.

So, what can you possibly do to make the world a kinder place? Here are some suggestions:

 

1. Volunteer

It’s often said that the greatest gift you can ever give someone is your time. Make a pact to volunteer at a charity or NGO, hospital or old age home, or even an animal shelter. Find something that speaks to your heart and get out there and spread some happiness. If you can do it regularly, like once a week, that’s great! If not, once a month is good too. But do get out there. It might not make a big difference to you, but trust us when we say, it’s going to be a bright spot in the day for whoever you spend it with.

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Image Source – kccasa

 

2. Donate

No one is speaking of sending out millions to NGOs if you can’t afford it, but even a small amount earmarked for a charity cause every month makes a huge difference in the world. Find a cause or two that resonate with you, do some basic research on the institution you would like to support. And you can even claim a tax benefit if the charity or NGO you donate to is registered. Talk about win-win!

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Image Source – taxjustice

 

3. Keep your eyes open (and help!)

Remember that old man who was having trouble crossing the street alone you saw a week ago? Or that rickshaw driver who seemed to have exhausted his petrol and was pushing his rickshaw along all alone? Why didn’t you help out? In our daily rush to get to work/college and then our rush to get back home, have we become desensitized to such an extent that we don’t even see each other in the blur? In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, ‘Be the change you want to see’. A small deed goes a long way.

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Image Source – Goodnet.org

 

4. Compliment people

This is truly one of our favorites. Whether it’s for friends and family, or strangers, every single person immediately feels better after being complimented. Maybe your sister’s dress is nice. Maybe that strangers hairstyle is cool. Maybe your coworker did a great job in that meeting today. Tell people! There’s just not enough of that in the world. Be the change agent to making it a kinder place.

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Image Source – Ty Bennett

 

5. Smile

Really. Sometimes that’s all it takes. A random smile from a random stranger can truly go a long way in brightening someone’s day. Especially since you don’t know what kind of they had, or what struggles they might be dealing with. You never know, your smile might actually be the bright spot of their day. Doesn’t just that possibility sound wonderful. Make your smile, and it’s ability to improve someone’s day, your superpower.

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Image Source – The Weekly Sparkle

 

And always remember – the more you give (whether in funds, supplies, or time), the more you get. You will be the happier for it.

Have a happy and kind day!

Say Cheese!!

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

Thich Nhat Hanh once said “Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

Every day can’t possibly be a great one. We all face our troubles, our low points, and our failures. After all, without our lows, why would we celebrate our highs?

But battling our blues isn’t the only reason we should be smiling more. Here’s a list of reasons to show off those pearly whites!

 

1. Because you quite literally like to say “Cheese”(It’s ok. It’s a perfectly valid reason)

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Image source – JustStickers

 

2. Because it relieves stress (Try it. Do eeeeeeeeeeeee)

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Image source – The Journal

 

3. Because it makes you more attractive (Really. You look fabulous)

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4. Because it makes people wonder what you’re up to (Works especially well if you do it in a serious or tense situation)

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5. Because it elevates your mood (Just call it the poor man’s drug)

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Image source – Roeselien

 

6. Because it lowers your blood pressure (Though we’re not sure what to do if you’re already suffering from low blood pressure. Growl a little maybe?)

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7. Because it is contagious (Like a horrible disease. And don’t even start on the giggles. We would need to quarantine you. Professionals will need to be called in)

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Image source – Yakubiv

 

8. Because it’s easy (Best reason yet!)

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Image source – Deposit Photos

 

9. Because it boosts your immune system (Keeping those germ fighting ninjas energized and at the ready)

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10. Because, if you are still reading this, you obviously want to!

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Image source – Crazy Frankenstein

 

So go ahead! Saaaayyyyy Cheeeeeeeeese!