Probably a bit late but: Happy New Year! wishing you a blessed and green 2020. I tried to disconnect from my social media accounts/blog during the holiday period as I always feel I need to disconnect to reconnect with people, nature and myself.

As you all know, last few weeks in particular have been really sad with all the bush fires here in Australia, it is estimated that more than 10.3 million hectares (25.5 million acres) have burnt around the country, killing people and millions of animals. My heart breaks when I think about all what’s been lost.

However, even under these sad circumstances something that I have noticed is the enormous generosity and kindness from people all over the world: donations, fire fighters from other countries came to help, many volunteers working in the areas affected, people helping families affected and saving injured wildlife.

So today I just want to inspire some more kindness, because I do believe it is needed to heal the world we are living today.

Kindness diaries

End of last year, I got sick with a terrible cold and to distract my mind I decided to watch some movies on Netflix. While browsing my list of movies, I remembered I had added this program about kindness and I had never watched it, so it was a perfect opportunity.

I had no idea what this show was about, but as soon as I watched episode 1 (from season 2) I couldn’t stop. I watched one after the other, I almost finished the whole season in one go!

Kindness diaries presents the journey of a guy (Leon Logothetis) who decided to travel the world relying on kindness of strangers and when he meets people who touches him in a profound way, then he gives back.

Many of the stories are truly beautiful, full of love, empathy and also vulnerability. What really touched me the most were the stories of people who had so little and still gave him what they could with an open heart.

This is the trailer of Season 1 (which I haven’t watched yet) and below Season 2 which is currently available on Netflix.

Enjoy the side effects

Being kind is not only great for the recipient but also for the giver. A couple of years ago, I read a book from Dr. David Hamilton called “The 5 Side Effects of Kindness” and he presents a great case about why is good to be kind.

The 5 side effects of kindness

The 5 side effects of kindness

His findings, based on different studies, show how being kind is great for happiness, heart’s health, slowing ageing, improving relationship and spreading more kindness (yes, it is contagious!)

I love the last one because it has a great potential for doing good. Dr Hamilton explains how when we are kind, we often create a chain. From his article:

“When we’re kind we inspire others to be kind and studies show that it actually creates a ripple effect that spreads outwards to our friends’ friends’ friends – to 3-degrees of separation”

Isn’t that alone great? We can spread kindness and bit by bit make this world a better one!

Kindness and the planet

We associate kindness as something we give to other people, and I think that happens because we feel we are the same, we are humans, we have empathy, we are connected. With other species in the natural world, the story is often different, we feel we are different, we don’t belong to the same group, in other words there is separation.

I am sure kindness can have many definitions and interpretations, but in general it is about being caring, considerate and I believe we can show that to anything/anyone. We can all be kind to the planet and the other species we share it with because we are part of nature, so being kind to mother nature, means being kind to ourselves too.

Being kind to the planet can mean avoiding single use plastic, participate in a clean up activity, plant some trees, reduce our carbon footprint, waste less resources.

Imagine what a different world we could have, if we all strive to be kind to the planet too.

As Nelson Mandela said “Love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite“, so let’s allow that beautiful feeling to flow, let’s help each other and the planet. Let’s be kind!

“Kindness is realizing that we’re all in this together” – RAKtivist

NOTE: If you are reading this post during the bush-fire crisis here in Australia and you would like donate please check this site for options. Thanks

Thanks for reading,