World Kindness Day

This Monday, November 13th, nations all over the world will be celebrating World Kindness Day. This observance provides us all with an opportunity to recognize, share, and celebrate all forms of kindness.

Why is this day important to the DAPC and our mission?

From a young age, caregivers and educators stress the importance of “being nice” to one another. There are rules and consequences for our behavior towards others. Respect is expected in classrooms, homes, workplaces and communities and consequences can be given for failure to meet this expectation. We know kindness is the right choice. We teach children this and strive to model it for them.

However, the importance of teaching and demonstrating kindness, respect, and empathy goes beyond simply trying to do what’s right.  The benefits to creating a culture of kindness are endless. In fact, showing, receiving, and witnessing kindness has a profound impact on our health and wellness. According to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, there are scientifically proven health benefits of kindness. Some of these include reduced stress, anxiety, and depression, all of which impact a person’s likelihood of developing a substance abuse disorder.

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The research says it all.  Kindness not only makes us happier, but healthier too! It is something that can aid our prevention efforts as we work to keep our communities safe, healthy, and drug-free.

Remember to take part in World Kindness Day by spreading kind words and acts throughout the day and challenging your friends and family to do the same. No act is too small to make a difference!