November 11, 2022

On today's show, Adrian and Ethan talk about kindness and why it's so important today.

World Kindness Day is observed on 13th November every year. On this day, the power of kindness and the impact it can make is highlighted. Although this day is not recognized by the United Nations yet, it is celebrated widely around the globe. World Kindness Day is a celebration of all the kind hearts who go out of their way to help people in need.

Around 27 countries of the world celebrate World Kindness Day with much enthusiasm. Every year, more and more countries participate in the celebration of this day.

According to the studies, there’s an increase in the number of children diagnosed with mental health issues like anxiety, depression and stress. Even before facing the real world and its struggles, young ones fall prey to extreme mental health issues. Experts believe that small acts of kindness can make a huge difference. Science says that kindness is contagious; the happiness it generates encourages people to do more kind acts.

Putting the well-being of others before our own without expecting anything in return – or what is called being altruistic – stimulates the reward centers of the brain, studies show. Those feel-good chemicals flood our system, producing a sort of “helper’s high.” Volunteering, for example, has been shown to minimize stress and improve depression.

11-year-old Orion Jean Recognized as Time's Kid of the Year for His Commitment to Kindness

We first brought you the story of this remarkable young man 2 years ago. Earlier this year, Orion Jean was named TIME's Kid of the Year for 2021 after yet another year of paying it forward. This 11-year-old from Texas has made it his mission to make the world a kinder place.

After winning the National Kindness Speech Contest, Jean created Race to Kindness--an initiative to support kindness projects in his community.

The first kindness project was a toy drive to benefit patients at a local children's hospital.

When that finished, he moved on to a food drive, delivering 100,000 meals to families in need in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area.

But he didn't stop there. The next event was a book drive where Jean collected and delivered 500,000 books to kids at book fairs across the country.