It’s World Kindness Day: Make the most of it

November 11, 2013 

Whatever you do today, be nice. Be extra nice, because today is World Kindness Day.

Imagine if the whole world were kind to each other for one day. Twenty-four hours, eight of which most of us are probably sleeping; that leaves sixteen. And by the time you wash your face, brush your teeth, get dressed and have coffee, well, if you’re like me, you’ve whittled off at least another hour or two.

So there you have it, how hard is it to be nice for 14 hours or less? Most people are probably checking their smart phones for half of those hours. But not me, because I don’t have a smarty-pants smart phone that thinks it knows everything, but sometimes knows nothing. And that’s all I’ll say about that, because after all, it is World Kindness Day.

It’s nice when people treat you nice, especially for no reason. A few weeks ago, I struck up a conversation with a customer in front of me at the Target checkout. She was buying one of my favorite foods – seaweed! Yes, I said seaweed. Remember, be nice. And as my friend would say, “Don’t judge.”

This person was buying wasabi seaweed, which I mentioned I never buy because it’s too hot. I told her, “I don’t even eat sushi with wasabi.”

She turned to me and said, “Sushi without wasabi? That’s illegal.” She insisted that I try the wasabi seaweed. She raved about how delicious it was and that it was not too hot. I agreed to think about it.

As the clerk was busy bagging the seaweed, the lady reached over, pulled one from the bag, handed it to me and said, “Here, my gift to you. God bless.”

I was shocked. I couldn’t believe that this person was handing me one of her newly purchased wasabi seaweed packages. I thought that was sooooo nice. I couldn’t stop talking about the gift of seaweed. Nor could I stop eating it – she was right.

That’s how it is. When someone does something nice, it’s so unexpected, you find yourself babbling about it all day long.

So make someone’s day today. Be nice. Don’t cut people off in traffic. Do use your turn signals. And don’t tailgate.

Be generous. Buy someone coffee. Or seaweed. Share a few smiles. You just might set off an unexpected chain of unexpected kindness. And that … would be kind of nice.

Karen Tomas is a resident of Fort Mill, email her at

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