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There is an actual week in the year dedicated to being kind to humans and this is that week (from August 25th to 31st – every year). As this goes live there will only be two days left of this week of kindness, but don’t let that deter you from being kind the humans in your life and don’t let it stop you from being kind to strangers too (this week and beyond). Here are four ways that you can be kind to humankind…
1. Donate your time and or your money (that you can spare) to a worthy cause.
This is such an obvious one, but if there is a cause that resonates with you, whether it’s mental health, homelessness, children who are sick or displaced or lacking access to opportunity, or victims of abuse…why not donate your time (if that’s possible for the organization that you want to reach out to) or some money to the cause?
2. Be informed.
Yes, I think that being informed about causes that matter is a way to be kind. Do you know what the stats are for homelessness in your area? Do you know that there are a limited number of shelters (at least here in the Toronto area) available to accommodate people who don’t have a home? Did you know that people who don’t have homes aren’t lazy losers (and that rather, their lives likely fell apart and snowballed into homelessness)? And did you know how hard it is to get a job without first having a home? Do you know the stats for victims of abuse? Do you know how displaced they and their children are? Do you know how many kids are in hospitals for most of the school year and how many kids need access to things your friend’s kids or your own kids might have? And did you know that people with lived mental health experiences are not weak or fragile people and that they have ambitions and sometimes, for a little or long while, they need help getting there? There are so many causes, and the websites that support them actually give you a lot of the information that you need to know. They give you something to care about.
Some Toronto charities…
Victim of abuse:
3. Be kinder/more patient with the people you love.
This is such a small or big thing (depending on how you look at it) that you can do. Is someone that you’re close to getting on your last nerves – because they leave their garbage, their clothes, and their dishes everywhere, and it makes you want to scream? Is someone so tone deaf on issues that matter to you and all you want to do is slap them in the face? Now is the time to pause, remember that they’re human and you’re human too (and maybe you annoy them sometimes) and be more patient with them. A little bit of love goes a long way.
4. Be kind to yourself.
I think that being kind to yourself is very often overlooked. You can be so overbooked and lack so little time for yourself that you forget that you matter too. Some people, including me, would say that charity starts at home. Make time to be good to yourself, because you are a person of value, and then continue to do the good that you want to do for others too.
Did I miss anything? Let me know (in one way or another)!