Today is World Kindness Day

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Marte Cliff Copywriting

In case you didn't know, today is World Kindness Day. But of course none of us should need a special day to be kind any more than we should need a special day of the year to give thanks. 

There's no question that being kind helps other people. In fact, there are documented instances of times when being kind saved a life. You just never know what someone else is going through or how your smile or kind gesture can help them through it. 

And, as Elle Sommer said, "You can never know the ripple effect you create with one tiny gesture of kindness." Your kindness to a harassed mom or dad might carry forward with more kindness toward a child. 

However, should you happen to need an ulterior motive for being kind, one does exist. It's good for your health! 

According to mayoclinic.com, "Kindness has been shown to increase self-esteem, empathy and compassion, and improve mood. It can decrease blood pressure and cortisol, a hormone directly correlated with stress levels. Endorphins, your body's natural painkiller, also may be released when you show kindness." 

Also according to mayoclinic.com, "Kindness can positively change your brain by boosting levels of serotonin and dopamine." 

Kindness is so good for our wellbeing that the Mayo Clinic even has a Kickstart Kindness program. You can find a link to it at the end of this article.  

Ways to celebrate World Kindness Day... 

This article offers up 9 ways to celebrate the day - not just today, but all year long.  

So go out today and be kind. Perform random acts of kindness should you find the opportunity. And watch for other people's acts of kindness. When you catch someone at it, it's sure to make you smile. 

Meanwhile, remember to be kind to yourself, not just everyone else! 

No beating yourself up over something you did or didn't do. At least not today! 

Comments (12)

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I attended a meeting this morning with nine women and no one smiled but the leader of the group smiled and the whole rooms atmosphere changed. What a powerful emotion a smile can bring 🙂

Nov 13, 2023 11:26 AM
Marte Cliff

That's pretty amazing, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS. I agree that just one smile can change everything. But WHY did none of the others smile ahead of the leader? I wonder if there's a story behind that?  

Nov 13, 2023 11:29 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Marte and I am all for this day today and every day I think.  I make about 12 calls a day and always try to get someone to laugh daily.

 

Nov 13, 2023 11:58 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Will Hamm - I'll bet you succeed, too! 

Nov 13, 2023 12:45 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Marte- I agree with you, we often don't know what someone else is going through. So share a smile or pat on the back. 

Nov 13, 2023 05:22 PM
Marte Cliff

That's right, Kathy Streib. But once in a while you do know. I'll never forget being in line behind a total jerk in the grocery store. He harassed the poor clerk something terrible over the prices. (stupid) and she was visibly upset.

When it was my turn I told her the next time she was confronted by a similar jerk, to tell him to get out. They didn't need his business.  Then I told her to tell the boss that a steady customer said so. By the time I left she was giggling over the possible scenario. 

Nov 13, 2023 06:57 PM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Just a smile directed at someone coming your way is sufficient and it uses less muscles than a frown.

Nov 13, 2023 05:35 PM
Marte Cliff

That's true, Ed (Edward) Silva, 203-206-0754 - and smiling is SO easy to do! 

Nov 13, 2023 06:58 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Marte, I had no idea today was world kindness day... my take is too many days people come up with well you know.... now with that said I try to be kind everyday not just when the "word is out to be kind" sadly there are times my ability is hampered by many circumstances created by well you know people who do not deserve kindness...Endre

Nov 13, 2023 10:45 PM
Marte Cliff

Endre Barath, Jr. - I love your take on this - and I agree with you!

Nov 14, 2023 09:27 PM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Every day should be kindness day! Thank you for sharing!

Nov 14, 2023 02:50 AM
Marte Cliff

Kat Palmiotti - Yes, it should. Just as every day should be thanksgiving. 

Nov 14, 2023 09:28 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Being kind to everyone we encounter is the way life should be lived.  I feel bad for those who are not kind and have trouble accepting kindness into their life.

Nov 14, 2023 04:56 AM
Marte Cliff

Brian England - Yep, and it is SO easy to do! No reason not to.

Nov 14, 2023 09:29 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Marte. I firmly believe that kindness and smiling are totally contagious. My client mailing this month was all about kindness and ways to show it.

Nov 14, 2023 05:23 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Nina Hollander, Broker - Yes, smiling and being kind can be contagious. I can't think of anything better for people to catch! 

Nov 14, 2023 09:30 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

We never know where people are in their heads. A smile brings an atmospheric change along with it, Marte. Nice post! 

Nov 20, 2023 10:18 AM
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

Thanks Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!. I agree - a smile or a compliment - or even a genuine happy thought can bring an atmospheric change. We should all work on that all day long!

Nov 20, 2023 03:33 PM