Why Be Kind?
You know the warm glow you feel after an act of kindness? Scientific studies have shown that there are many benefits of doing good for the body and soul.
Kindness boosts your serotonin levels, a chemical that makes you feel happy and calm. It also stimulates oxytocin, the ‘love hormone’, which helps to lower your blood pressure and improves heart health, as well as making us feel more optimistic and confident.
Endorphins reduce pain in the body, and reports show that stress, anxiety and depression are all decreased. Helping others can also increase your energy levels, and even make you live longer!
Studies also show that kindness is teachable to others, and it’s contagious. Just by witnessing you performing an act of kindness, others will feel good and will be inspired to do something kind too!
Why Be Kind to Animals?
From companion animals to farmed animals, marine life to wildlife – all are capable of a full range of emotions. They experience love, joy, grief, fear, and have complex ways of communicating. By getting to know them, it’s clear that each one is an individual who wants to live a meaningful and happy life, no matter what their species.
"If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others, why wouldn't we?"
Meet the animals whose lives have been transformed by kindness.
How to Get Involved
Here are some simple ways to get involved in Be Kind to Animals Week and make the world a kinder place for our furry, feathered and finned friends.
Make the Pledge
Pledge to be kind and get daily tips and delicious recipes, plus a free Kindness Kit
Spread the Kindness
Share Be Kind to Animals Week with your family and friends on social media using #bekindtoanimalsweek
Enter the Colouring-in Competition
Colour with kindness and go in the draw to win a Kindness Prize Pack. Entries open to ages 3 to 14.
Host a Pignic
Raise funds for your favourite animal charity by being part of Australasia’s Kindest Pignic!