What is World Kindness Day?
Today we celebrate World Kindness Day. World Kindness Day has been observed around the globe since 1998 as a time to reflect on the positive potential of kind acts both large and small. According to the World Kindness Movement the purpose of this day is “to highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us.”
With all of the stressors and challenges present in the world, it is important now more than ever to be kind to ourselves and others. It might be a difficult proposition to put others first during a global pandemic, but even a small act of kindness can go a long way towards improving your mental health and disposition. In fact, research shows that an altruistic act contributes to lower stress, improved emotional wellbeing, and reduced depressive symptoms.
In honor of World Kindness Day we asked our Acacia staff to share some acts of kindness they have appreciated recently!
What is the kindest (or pretty darn kindest) thing someone has done for you in 2020?
All of the support I’ve received from Acacia folks, especially when I first started in January 2020, to get settled into my role as the director of our Davis office. I love our team and I’m so grateful.
– Laura Naughton, MSW, LCSW – Director of Acacia Davis
My sister and her two kids pulled off a surprise visit for my birthday this year! They quarantined for two weeks, got tested, and drove all the way from Humboldt to surprise me. I was shocked when they walked in singing happy birthday 🙂
– Dr. Kristen Strong, PhD – Director of Acacia Isla Vista
Once the pandemic hit, attempting to find routine and balance felt impossible and although I cannot say that I feel securely routined, I have made strides. With that said, I started a book club which after several books has now turned into a writing club. My small group, video-calling from Minnesota and Hawaii (shoutout to Maddie and Feather) are so respectful to our growing thought, patient with our different timelines, and encouraging where needed.
– KorbyQuan Reed – Creative Director
I am relatively new to Acacia, and the warm welcome and support I have received from everyone here has been incredibly kind. A real source of joy during this turbulent year!
– Storm Hughes – Marketing & Content Creator
What is something kind you are hoping to do for someone in the last couple of months in 2020?
I hope to give back to my community over Thanksgiving through some form of volunteer and/or community engagement.
I want to continue checking in and letting my friends and family know how grateful I am for each of them. Especially since this holiday season will look a little different, I’m hoping to still find a safe way to connect with others and celebrate that we all made it through this crazy year!
On a less serious note, I also told my family that I would be kind and not play Christmas music until after Thanksgiving.
I have started a list of gifts for my nearest and dearest quite early this year. My hope is to capture the perfect gift for each of their souls.
My girlfriend’s favorite sweet treat is Star Crunch — for the uninitiated, Star Crunch are delicious little circles of rice crispy, caramel, and chocolate — but they are incredibly hard (impossible) to find in Santa Barbara. So, as a surprise, I ordered a half-dozen boxes online. I can’t say this is 100% a selfless act, because I will most likely nibble on a few myself ;), but I am excited to see her reaction when 3 months worth of her favorite snack show up at the door.
Kindness in your life
Have you been on the receiving end of a kind gesture this year? Do you intend to share a bit of kindness with others over the next few months? We want to hear from you! Let us know in the comments below or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.