Australian Kindness Movement - Welcome !
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The Australian Kindness Movement was created as a service to the community, right from our inception in 1994 as the Random Acts of Kindness Project. Our aim is to help transform individual and community consciousness to practice and promote Kindness throughout Australia.
About this Website:
Created as a service to the community, this site contains information gathered from many sources in many lands, since our inception in 1994, and since joining the World Kindness Movement in 1997. The various matters presented here have been selected because of their simplicity, the positive influence they have had on people and communities, and the fact that they promote a sense of meaning and fulfilment in both the giver and receiver. Several surveys involving thousands of volunteers have revealed that participating in regular, small acts of kindness is beneficial to your health, longevity and well being. Making the decision to be a little kinder will bring more pleasure and direction to your life than ever before, even if you decide to use only a small percentage of the methods discussed on this site.
You are no doubt a kindly person, otherwise you wouldn't have selected this site. What we are asking of you is that you make a decision to be just a little kinder in your actions and reactions with others (and yourself, too!). Our site gives you hundreds of ways to achieve this goal, and we wish you well in creating your own, personal, 'Kindness Epidemic'.
We live in a world of rapid change. If we also lived in a perfect world, all of this change would be positive, and for the good of the whole of humanity. As you will realise, our world is far from perfect, and change can be manipulated by people, corporations and governments to satisfy their desire for greed and power. In the book 'Megatrends 2000', it tells us "The most exciting breakthroughs of the 21st century will occur not because of technology, but because of an expanding concept of what it means to be human." In our lifetime we will realise the awesome power that can be created when we join together in a common cause. A phrase has been mentioned in the media recently - "the world's other super power", which refers to the power of the world's citizens, of 'people power'. We have witnessed the early stages of this force in the WTO demonstrations, and the peace marches in reaction to the threatened, and subsequent, invasion of Iraq.
Change can increase stress levels. This can create anxiety, hostility and health problems. Paul Pearsall, author of The Pleasure Prescription (Hunter House, 1996) talks about a new plague, that "directly or indirectly contributes to early death more than any other factor." The plague Pearsall refers to is the lack of joy in our lives, a vital element for psychological and physiological health. The practise of being kinder is a simple way to make your life more joyful and fulfilling - we have never heard anyone say there is too much joy in their lives! Relax, enjoy, be friendly, laugh, be playful, help others. Focus on the things you enjoy, rather than the things that annoy.
We express our heartfelt thanks to the following people who were involved in the material used for this site, and its preparation, in one way or another.
Whilst it is the policy of the Australian Kindness Movement to encourage kind behaviour in all interactions with others, there are some circumstances where this may not be appropriate behaviour.
For example, if a woman were to smile at a male stranger, it could be interpreted as a ‘come on’. Also, a friendly approach to someone under the influence of alcohol or other drug, or a person with a psychological disturbance, may elicit, in certain circumstances, a response of verbal or physical abuse.
While such incidents may be rare, we urge that common sense prevail in kindness interactions with others. Do not put your safety at risk!
Kindness promotes a "Sunny Disposition" - Health benefits
Harvard Medical Study shows beneficial effects of Wellbeing on Cardiovascular Health
"Whether you are a glass half-full or half-empty person is a matter of life or death, according to Harvard scientists who found that those with a sunny disposition are far less likely to suffer heart attacks or strokes"..... More details: click here