World Kindness Day
World Kindness Day is celebrated every year on 13th November. The day is an oppportunity to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness, either as individuals or as organisations. This can happen on a global, or very local level. And Frome Medical Practice, is joining in.
But what is kindness?
Kindness is an inner impulse to take care of others and contribute to their wellbeing. It can be expressed through thoughts, words and actions.
In contrast, compassion is a recognition of suffering – whether our own, or someone else’s - and the wish to alleviate it. Compassion is an expression of kindness.
There is increasing scientific evidence that:
- both giving and receiving kindness can make an important contribution to our mental and physical health
- we all possess the capacity for kindness, and have the choice to develop that capacity
- kindness has a ripple effect on the people and other beings around us
"As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate" (Albert Schweitzer)
This film gives an interesting insight into the impact of kindness on our health and wellbeing and mental health. Sussex Kindness Research is an interdisciplinary research network created with the aims of exploring, investigating, and illuminating kindness and its impacts on people and communities - you can read more about their work here and this paper looks at compassion in healthcare settings.
What are we doing for World Kindness Day?
We hope that as a Practice kindness is woven into our every day work and interactions with patients and staff and on World Kindness Day we will be:
- using the day as an opportunity to say thank you to our partners in the community and health care colleagues we work closely with
- taking the opportunity to say thank you to staff
- having a shared lunch day, where staff are bringing in bread and soup to share
- sharing stories of kindness
We would like to thank Choc Et Al for their support with our work on World Kindness Day.