Differences should be celebrated and in choosing kindness people can co-exist together more easily and happily, which is what World Kindness Day on November 13th is all about.
Rather than falling back on judgement and allowing yourself to gradually succumb to bitterness, anger, or frustration, take a minute to stop and see things from the point of view of others. Then treat them with kindness.
Everyone has their own battles to face, whether it appears that way or not, and just a little compassion and kindness goes a long way.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” Plato
Beating bullying with kindness
November also sees Anti-bullying Week take place and kindness is a natural antidote. Kindness has such a strong, lasting power that it is a powerful countermeasure to bullying. Bullying comes from a place of bitterness – belittling others to try to make yourself feel better or superior. This is a hollow and unrewarding road to take. Bullies themselves will become isolated, trapped in an angry world. Being mean to another person will never make you feel better.
Kindness, however, is the gift that keeps on giving. If you show someone kindness and compassion you will feel good about yourself. It is kindness that makes the world a better place. Kindness is catching. If you show kindness and compassion to someone they will, in turn, be kind to someone else. Children in particular will model their parents’ behaviour when it comes to showing kindness and compassion.
It’s a choice that we can all make, so make the right one and lead the best example to make the world a kinder, more accepting place.
“If they don’t like you for being yourself, be yourself even more.” Taylor Swift
Building a skillset for the future: Career planning
Planning ahead and equipping yourself, or other young people, to attain a rewarding career is part and parcel of leading a happy and rewarding life. What better time to start thinking about a future career than during National Career Development Month?
Knowing how to identify a good career choice requires understanding of your skills, natural talents and what you enjoy doing. Getting this right can lead you on the path to a rewarding career and future.
To help young people make the right decisions for themselves and know where to look for help, Back on Track Teens is planning a mini-series that focuses specifically on career development and where to find the help and inspiration that young people need to make informed choices.
Being supported in making the right choices from a young age is crucial to enjoying happiness and fulfilment through life.