NEW YORK, NY (CBS Newspath) – Saturday, November 13th marks World Kindness Day, a chance for people all around the globe to do something good for someone else.
Artist Jason Naylor’s mantra is kindness. “The work that I do makes me feel good, and I want to share that with other people,” he says.
Through vibrant colors on walls across the country, his message shines bright. “When people see my work, when they walk by it, I want them to feel joy. I want it to kind of pull them from their troubles,” Naylor says.
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You don’t have to be an accomplished artist to spread the word this World Kindness Day. Kindness.org Research Director Dr. Oliver Scott Curry says even a small gesture can go a long way. “We found that some of the simplest things are seen as the kindest and most effective things to do. Simple things like, just checking in with someone and asking how they’re doing, surprising someone with their favorite things,” he says.
A recent survey from Kindness.org and Verizon found a high capacity for kindness across the United States, with Americans listing covering a shift for a coworker, cheering up a family member, or calling a friend to encourage them as the top kind acts you can plan ahead.
Acts of kindness don’t only make others feel good. Research shows being kind makes all of us happier and healthier. “It’s been shown to lower blood pressure, to reduce social anxiety, and to boost our immune systems. And there’s also research showing that helpful people are healthier and live longer,” says Dr. Curry.
So, while this weekend will be an opportunity to share and promote that joy, as Naylor says, ” The world needs it. Not just Saturday, but always.”
In honor of World Kindness Day, artist Jason Naylor and collaborator Mancel Lindsey are taking their mural to the blockchain. The piece will go up for auction on an NFT platform and half of the money raised will be donated to kindness.org.