In 2010 these kindness stories were written by bloggers celebrating World Kindness Day. These are re-posts of their stories.

kindness doesn't cost

Written by Doni
Today as the world celebrates the World Kindness Day , I remember the couple who showed kindness to me when I was in Thailand ten years ago.

I was in Thailand working as a nanny in one of the foreign national in that country. I lost all my documents and had to stay as an illegal citizen of the said country. I had no money, no passport and I wanted to go home. I am lost and alone except my friend at the church where I attended.

My friend attends a family worship every Wednesday in one of the houses near where I stayed. That is where I met this couple, Mr. Danny and Linda Po. Danny is a Thai while Linda is a Singaporean citizen. That night they were planning to stop the said worship because of some personal reason but prayed earnestly about it.

Written by TMWW
I have always dreamed of a World Kindness. I have taught my children to be kind always to others (doesn’t always happen – but they do have their moments). I have tried to lead by example and show them how easy it is to extend a little kindness to others – even when you don’t feel like being very kind to someone. To me, that is when it is most important to show kindness – when you don’t feel like being kind.

I challenge every one of my readers to perform a random act of kindness on Saturday, November 13 – and then come back here and tell us what your act of kindness was. My act of kindness? I am posting these flyers in each building tomorrow to spread the message to those nearest to me. I might even ask a few of the local businesses in the area if I can post one on their doors to spread the message.

Written by Tina of String-Ring
World Kindness Day has been observed on November 13th since 1998. That makes World Kindness Week for this year November 8-14. So as I was pondering what I could contribute to the celebration, one of those blood donation public service announcements got my attention. Is this a sign? Ewww…. problem is I HATE DONATING BLOOD!

I had a bad experience over 20 years ago when donating blood. I was already squeamish about having blood drawn from my arm and the inexperienced technician pretty much sealed the deal on my banning any future donations. Still, I told my husband, “That was 20 years ago and it is something I could do that would be truly beneficial to someone!” Yet as I was considering giving it another try, an abrupt quiver moved my body… yep, the involuntary icky factor is still alive and well in my mind.

Written by Chanty
Kindness is the act or the state of being kind —ie. marked by goodness and charitable behaviour, mild disposition, pleasantness, tenderness and concern for others. It is known as a virtue, and recognized as a value in many cultures and religions.

According to book two of Aristotle’s “Rhetoric” it is one of the emotions, which is defined as being “helpfulness towards some one in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person helped”.

Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche argued that kindness and love are the “most curative herbs and agents in human intercourse”.

“Kindness is considered to be one of the Knightly Virtues.”

MLHarris