Parents and primary caregivers are the ultimate role models. They teach us about life—and about kindness—all while juggling everything else the universe throws their way. The heartfelt examples set by parents everywhere are part of what inspires us to celebrate #WorldKindnessDay on November 13th. As we began preparing for the international event, we knew we needed to seek their advice first.
Here at ZOA Energy, we’ve been learning a great deal about what #KindnessCan do. We’re big on hearing directly from the source of good energy too, so we reached out to parents everywhere to learn more about what kindness means to them. Here’s what they wanted to pass along:
How do you show kindness to yourself?
“Getting up early and hitting the gym helps start the day off right.” - Scott G. (Mechanicsville)
“I manifest how my day will play out and how grateful I am for all the many blessings that have been given to me and many more I am ready to receive. That helps me anchor my day, my priorities and my peace of mind.” - Nick W. (Wilmington)
“Thinking about the future and goals. Short-term goals help to get through the day, working on long-term goals makes the weeks feel better as they pass by.” - Andrew G. (Los Osos)
“When I love and give to others it literally makes me feel like I am on top of the world.” - Holly S. (Chicago)
“Giving myself time for creative pursuits.” - Luke G. (Bellingham)
People who identify as parents appreciate all that they have. They show kindness to themselves by taking care of their own well-being and making proactive choices and plans for the future. Primary caregivers take time for their hobbies when they can, and find the right moments to share what they have to offer with those around them who could use a helping hand.
What's the best way someone can show kindness to you?
“Words of affirmation and affection.” - Bryan M. (Wetumpka)
“Taking time to chat, joining me on an outing, helping around the house.” - Tracey C. (Atascadero)
“They can show me kindness by understanding that I am not perfect. I make mistakes too. As well as a long warm hug because to me it's the nicest thing you could do for me.” - Kimberly T. (Winterhaven)
“It really helps to have someone to just listen to what I’m going through. I’ve found that being able to talk about my feelings and have the other person just listen makes a world of difference.” - Derrick V. (Minneapolis)
“Just listening. Sometimes that’s all you need.” - Isela H. (Highland)
Most parents have a lot going on! They appreciate when people are willing to take some time to pause and listen. Caregivers provide emotional support for others, but they enjoy receiving it too. Kind words can mean the most to them.
In what ways do you choose to share kindness with others?
“There is no choosing, everybody deserves kindness, it's free!” - Yuksel K. (Xanthi)
“Always share my energy and good spirit to those all around me whether it's a smile or a gesture.” - Ed K. (Youngstown)
“I choose to see good in every situation. It’s easy to fall victim to the bad things, but being able to ascend and persevere past the negativity is how we can progress and help motivate others.” - Nick W. (Wilmington)
“I smile at everyone! Most underestimate the power of the smile to share some kindness!” - Portia C. (Lancaster)
“Helping any way I can and offering to be there if they need me.” - Ruan M. (Smyrna)
Parents know they have to set a good example when it comes to sharing kindness with others. They accomplish it by staying positive and making the most of every situation. They’re quick to share a smile and hope to motivate the people around them to achieve their goals. As caregivers, parents hope to spread kindness across every generation.