Kindness may seem like a dying art in today’s world. However, if you’re looking for a meaningful way to bring kindness into the world, then B Kinder Day is a day to do it.
B Kinder Day is all about being kind to others in honor of a young girl who cared about her community and those around her.
History of B Kinder Day
B Kinder Day was inspired by Billie Kinder, a 12-year-old girl who was always happy, cheerful, and kind. Billie was a student in Year 6 at Arndell Anglican College in Oakville, NSW, Australia and had just been awarded a high school scholarship by the same school. They were well-known in the community for their caring, loving, and compassion nature toward those around them.
However, a tragedy occurred when Bille died in a horse-riding accident. Her mother, Danny Mayson-Kinder, decided that in honor of her daughter, she would create B Kinder Day to empower children to make a difference in the world.
During this day, children in schools discuss the meaning of kindness, create “Fly High Billie” greeting cards, and deliver those cards to local nursing homes personally. Children on this day also plant flowers throughout their communities and take parts in secret acts of kindness for the people they love.
B Kinder Day emphasizes the message of hope, empathy, and change in the world. The purpose of B Kinder Day is to show the rippling effects of kindness. It was created hoping that schools all over the world would participate in the event.
Colleges such as Arndell Anglican College implement a B Kinder Workbook for children to teach them about kindness. These workbooks showcase new ways of forming healthy relationships with others. They also teach kids how to reflect on their thoughts an feelings so they can create positive change for their communities. The workbook was designed as insight into Billie’s world and how she created change for those she loved.
How to Celebrate B Kinder Day
Celebrate B Kinder Day by spreading kindness to your loved ones and those in your community. Create a “Fly High Billie” greeting card and give it to someone you love. Give hugs, give compliments, and empathize with others.
Volunteer at a local charity for a cause you care about. Take your friends and family out on a picnic or out to lunch. Offer your seat to someone on the bus or train. Listen to your problems and offer advice. There are many ways to enact kindness and practicing it every day can help make you and others feel better.
If you are a teacher or you work at a nursery or any other sort of establishment that educates and looks after children, B Kinder Day is a great opportunity for you to get each class or grade to present a relevant project or exercise that is all about being kind. You could get all of the children to do a kind deed in the build-up to the day, and then they could tell the rest of the class about their kind act on the day. Of course, you don’t need to be a child in order to follow this approach. You and those in your household could commit to doing kind acts and then sharing them with one and other. A little bit of kindness goes a very long way, and there is no better way to honor the memory of Billie Kinder.
Not only can you use the day to do kind acts yourself, but you can fill your heart with kindness by reading about different stories of remarkable kindness over the years. All you need to do is a little bit of digging online and you will be able to read about some amazing acts of kindness. They will certainly warm your heart! Here are some of our favorites to help you get started…
An IKEA store in Catania Italy welcomed stray dogs through its doors to sleep on their rugs during the cold, winter months.
In 2016, Karen Jones was worried that her son, Ollie, would not receive a lot of birthday cards on his 15th birthday. Ollie, who has autism was excited, expecting a lot of cards from friends and family, but his mother feared that he would be disappointed. She put out a plea on a community Facebook page, and she was blown away to see that around 20,000 cards, messages and presents came from people all over the world!
When Marlee Pack was informed she had a rare form of soft tissue cancer, she had to undergo extensive chemotherapy and miss a lot of school. When the nine-year-old finally returned, she was worried about being the only one with a shaved head. That was until her best friend decided to shave her head too so she wasn’t alone. This amazing act of kindness then resulted in many other people at the school shaving their heads as well so that they could all stand together. The event was called Be Bold, Be Brave, Go Bald and it resulted in more than $25,000 being raised for a childhood cancer research organization.
In 2013, Harold Jellicoe Percival passed away in a nursing home at the grand age of 99-years-old. He did not have any family members or children to attend his funeral. A notification was placed into the local newspaper for people to come to the service to honor the veteran, and over 200 people turned up to pay their respect.
A group of around 250 people gathered to create a human chain so that a non-for-profit bookshop in Southampton, UK, could transport its stock from its old store to its new home 150 meters down the road.