Thousands of young people from 120 countries have already shared stories of their transformative and random acts of kindness! Each one is a thread that weaves a global tapestry of hope, love, and peace. Your story is needed. Your story can inspire a better tomorrow.
Last year, the UNESCO MGIEP #KindnessMatters Campaign was adopted by 60 Youth Leaders at the first annual UNESCO MGIEP Global Youth Conference. The focus of the campaign was to unite the world through acts of kindness; youth from around the world were invited to share their stories. Vocalizing these acts sends them out as a blanket of shining light—a map of hope.
via: UNESCO MGIEP conference website
Young people from all over the world are sharing their acts of kindness. We feature them on the #KindnessMatters map here and let the world know about their work. Are you a young person between 15 – 35 years of age with a transformative act of kindness that may have made an impact in your life or the life of another? Share your story now to be featured on the global map of kindness. — UNESCO MGIEP
An act of kindness can change another person’s point of view. It can stay with someone for days, weeks, months, or even years. But that’s not all, a transformative act of kindness is infectious and can change more than one life for the better.
My Kindness Story
Years ago, I attended a large conference. At the end, during checkout, I picked up a rose that had fallen from the lobby table bouquet. It was a beautiful coral and red, my favourite. It seemed like a gift from God and made me feel better than I already felt, which is saying something because I was on a high from the conference. As I made my way through the crowd I saw a fellow attendee who looked confused and in some distress. I gave her the rose, smiled, and said have a great day. A year later, I found out that my gesture did make her day. It gave her strength and hope and the ability to deal with the difficult situation she was in. I found out that it made her feel so happy that she in turn, passed that rose along to a bus driver who was also having a bad day, and it lifted his spirits, as well. The woman and I had occasion to meet many times over the years, and each time, she expressed her gratitude for my little gesture.
That act changed the lives of at least two people for the better. I hope that in sharing my story, it may inspire others.
Kindness is more important today than it ever was. The world is in crisis. We face so many different problems: Covid-19, lockdowns, economic collapse, climate change, mass animal and insect extinctions. The list is long. However, if we come together through kindness and the peace created from it, we can prevail.
As the global media partner for UNESCO MGIEP, we are asking all our readers 18-35 years old to please take the time to inspire the world and share your story to help the tapestry grow.. Your kindness makes a difference and we want to hear about it!
I met Michael in a Boston subway station. I told him I liked his sign. “What matters is what it means to you,” he told me. I asked what it meant to him. “Doing a deed or expressing kindness to another person without expecting anything in return,” Michael said. …Just like Michael, we’re all seeking human kindness. — Matt Collamer