In 1988, Lorraine Jara of Toms River, New Jersey created a weekly observance that can make a difference in the lives of people of all ages – Be Kind to Humankind Week. During Be Kind to Humankind Week, all people are encouraged to spread kindness to both strangers and loved ones. This is a wonderful weekly observance that both caregivers and their senior loved ones can get involved in and see how kindness positively affects their families, communities, and world. Each day of Be Kind to Humankind Week has a different goal or task. Read on to learn more about these goals and about what you and your senior loved one can do to participate.
“Sacrifice Our Wants for Other’s Needs Sunday”
This is a day that is all about giving and putting other’s needs ahead of your own. You and your loved one may choose to visit a lonely neighbor, bring a meal or treat to a person you know who is grieving, or even pay for a coffee for a stranger who is behind you in line at the drive-through.
“Motorist Consideration Monday”
This day is all about being safe and considerate on the road. When we all follow the rules and pay attention, we can create safer roadways for everyone who uses them. Help your senior loved one to make good decisions about driving such as not driving while using certain medications and always driving with their proper glasses on.
“Touch a Heart Tuesday”
On Touch a Heart Tuesday, the focus is on love. You and your loved one may want to write letters to loved ones just to say “I love you” or call a friend that you haven’t spoken to in far too long.
“Willing To Lend a Hand Wednesday”
Helping others is wonderful way to spread kindness. On this day, you and your loved one may enjoy helping a friend in need or helping out in the community by participating in a clean-up, a community garden, a volunteer project, and more.
Thoughtful Thursday is about being kind and considerate to everyone around you. You and your loved one can show kindness to strangers by holding doors for them, letting them go in front of you in line at the store, or even sharing coupons.
“Forgive Your Foe Friday”
Forgiveness can be difficult for anyone. Encourage your loved one (and yourself) to do your best to forgive a friend or acquaintance that has wronged them (or you). Once you forgive, you will feel as though a weight has been lifted.
“Speak Kind Words Saturday”
This day is all about kindness in the words you use. Encourage your loved one to join you in avoiding gossip and insults and replacing these words with kind ones. Give compliments to strangers, tell a friend how much you care, and speak positively about life.
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