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Sunday, November 13th is World Kindness Day. Random acts of kindness are wonderful every day. Sometimes kindness is tangible like providing food or shelter. Other times it is being present, holding a hand. Kindness can be shown in many ways making it a great topic for conversation.

Here are a few songs that may be appropriate for stimulating the conversation on issues around sharing kindness. I’ve included a few questions or ideas for each song to help get the conversation rolling. This list is most appropriate for use with older adults. A couple of songs from the 60″s and 70’s that received a lot of airplay are included.  Select two or three song based upon the musical preferences of the person/people with whom you are sharing.

Hard Times Come Again No More

  • Do you think people need “kindness” when they experience hard times? Why or why not?
  • Can you provide some examples of the ways kindness could be demonstrated to the people in this song?

Bridge over Troubled Water

  • What is meant by “troubled water” in the song?
  • What help is being offered?

Bye, Bye Blues

  • What helps you get over the “blues”?
  • Does it help when people tell you to stop crying?

Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think)

  • What role does caring for yourself have on sharing kindness?

I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing

  • Would people treating others with kindness create the type of world described in these lyrics?

Vaya Con Dios

Ac-cent-tchuate the Positive

  • Is it always kind to spread joy? Why or why not?

Put on a Happy Face

  • How does it make you feel when others smile at you?
  • When you smile?

Hey Look Me Over

  • What ideas does this song provide for how we can show kindness?

Here is a little musical motivation for you the reader to spread a little kindness today:

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