Today's Kindness #122: July 18, 2022
Happy World Listening Day!
With the hustle and bustle of daily life, we rarely stop to not just hear but listen to our surroundings - the sounds around us, what other people are trying to communicate, and even our inner voice. Technology and non-stop hustling prevent us from shutting out the noise and listening intently. On World Listening Day, this is exactly what is practiced.
Talking less and listening more are practiced. Listening to friends, and family, and having heart-to-heart conversations with patience are encouraged on this day. Comforting others and being there for them by listening to them vent is therapeutic and beneficial for both the listener and the speaker. Staying silent and contemplating the world around us by listening, calms and soothes our thoughts. Listening to the sounds of nature and the sound of music. The day aims to cultivate better listening, understanding, and learning from this underrated act.
"I just make it my business to get along with people so I can have fun. It's that simple."
- Betty White