Growing up, I distinctly remember being drawn to people who were inherently kind. An often underrated quality and hard to define, kindness comes in many forms and characteristics.
I remember genuine smiles from strangers, or friends of mine never missing a beat when it came to remembering important moments in my life. I recently heard a story about a special woman who attended a wedding of a couple she didn’t know; she’d heard they had no friends or family here in Australia.
It’s the simple gestures that humanise us.
Luckily kindness has its own moment in the spotlight with World Kindness Day, Nov 13. It’s a time to be inspired by the kindness we witness in others and also pat ourselves on the back for being awesome and thoughtful.
So that’s why we were smiling plenty when we heard about The Kindness Crew. A group of three Aussie mums fixing the world one calendar at a time. Steph Meades, Jodie Cooper and Terri Rowe have just released their annual ‘Advent Calendar’ to hundreds of schools nationwide. The aim? To promote and encourage kindness in schools, homes and workplaces in a simple and practical way.
“Generally we try to fix our big world issues with money, programs and policies, but if we just educate our children on the value of kindness, every single element of our world would be better for it,” says founder and Positive Psychology Coach, Jodie Cooper.
Inspired to counter her children’s increasing materialism, Jodi thought up these advent calendars one Christmas. Rather than writing a list for Santa of gifts they wanted, her kids had to perform a kindness checklist before Dec 25th. They loved it!
Since then, The Kindness Crew have created and distributed thousands of calendars to primary schools, families, and workplaces. The countdown to Christmas has people taking chocolates to police stations as a thank you, picking flowers for neighbours and chalking up footpaths with inspirational quotes.
You can download your calendar here.