Sadly, behaviors of spouses or other family members who are rude, demeaning, belittling and abusive are far too common in today’s world. Some people become so embroiled in it that they don’t even realize this behavior is not acceptable. But some victims of domestic abuse, many of them women, are eventually able to overcome their physical, emotional and psychological trauma and get away from their abusers.
This day, National Love is Kind Day, is a celebration of these brave and courageous people!
History of National Love is Kind Day
The first celebration of National Love is Kind Day took place in 2018 when it was established on behalf of those who have escaped as victims of domestic violence. The Love is Kind Network, founded by Rosie Aiello, works to educate people on the fact that real love is kind and not… controlling, manipulating, threatening and more. Love is meant to be safe.
In fact, the name of National Love is Kind Day is a huge banner that acts as a reminder that it’s healthy for people to measure their relationships regularly. Love is Kind Day is celebrated on July 27 as a nod to the date when the founder of the network was able to break free from an abusive relationship.
Other days that provide a focus on the importance of healthy relationships include International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Men in November, as well as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month which takes place in October.
How to Celebrate Love is Kind Day
Consider some ways to observe and celebrate National Love Is Kind Day by getting started with some of these:
Sign the Love Is Kind Pledge
Those who are interested in participating in the celebration of National Love Is Kind Day through the network’s website may be interested in saying “no” to abuse and saying “yes” to kindness by signing the Love Is Kind pledge. With language that states “I am worthy, I am lovable, I am enough,” and so much more, this pledge is a reminder to women and men that they have value and deserve to be well cared for. The network may also privately send a signed copy to the person upon request.
People who are stuck in abusive relationships, especially those that are emotionally manipulative, may not even be aware that their relationship is not healthy. National Love Is Kind Day is a perfect time for women and men to take stock of their relationships. Consider whether domestic relationships have healthy boundaries, are empowering and not controlling, include isolation, focus on shaming and blaming and much more.
Access Domestic Violence Resources
Those who are caught in abusive relationships often believe that they are alone. But they don’t have to be! Plenty of resources are available for women and men who are trapped in domestic violence. In honor of National Love Is Kind Day, check out some resources from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.