SAE students and staff have come together to share inspirational messages about the art of kindness to celebrate World Kindness Day on 13 November 2020.
This year, it is all about making kindness the norm and how, if we each do one act of kindness a day, we can hopefully instill that behaviour in others - passing it along!
Previously, World Kindness Day has been about doing a random act of kindness, but to truly instill kindness as the norm, we need to do intentional acts of kindness as part of our normal behaviours. We have normal everyday routines which World Kindness Day classes as invisible routines – waking up, getting a shower, making a cup of coffee etc. What if, as part of our invisible routine, we also incorporated an act of kindness such as sending an uplifting message to a friend, buying a coworker a cup of coffee or going outside of our comfort zone to make someone laugh or smile?
In 2020, a year which has seen lots of people struggle with their mental health, it's a message which seems especially pertinent.
Student Experience Manager Adam Lowe who set up the digital whiteboard said: “It’s great to see students and staff alike sharing their favourite quotes and messages about kindness on our virtual whiteboard. It’s a fantastic way to spread positivity in these challenging times.”
The quotes posted on the virtual whiteboard are:
“You will never regret being kind.”
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.”
“Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all - they’re underused.”
“At least we have cat videos for lockdown.”
“97940 - if you need to talk, I’m here to listen.”
“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind. Always.” - Robin Williams
“Learning to love your life is the key to happiness :D”
“Beautiful things happen when you distance yourself from negativity.”
“Kindness is not by chance, but by choice.”
“You’re braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
“Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it.”
“The struggle you’re in today is developing the strength you need tomorrow.”
“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” - Walt Disney
“When you are kind to others, it does not only change you, it changes the world.”
“Carry out a random act of kindness with no expectation or reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.” - Princess Diana
“Kindness costs nothing but means everything.”
“The sun himself is weak when he first rises, and gathers strength and courage as the day gets on.” - Charles Dickens
“Time is like the ocean, it’s never ending and who knows what it contains. I hope for plenty of sushi!”
“Kind people are my kind of people.”
“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”
“Kindness costs nothing.”
“Four dogs in the distance. Each stands for a silence. Bluebirds lodged in an evergreen altar. I’m gonna shine out in the wild kindness.” - David Berman
Happy World Kindness from SAE!