World Kindness Day is just the thing the world needs right now, so people are making the most of it taking place today.
13th November marks a day of celebrating the power of being kind to one another.
Whether it be buying the coffee of the person queueing behind you, letting someone out at a junction (even if there’s no one behind you), or simply paying them a compliment, today is the day to be extra nice to your fellow human.
When did World Kindness Day start?
The World Kindness Movement (WKM) held the first World Kindness Day in 1998. The WKM is an international coalition of non-government organisations (NGOs). This date was also the 35th anniversary of Japan’s Small Kindness Movement.
The WKM’s description of the purpose of World Kindness Day is “to highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness, which binds us.”
In the UK, this event is specifically known as Kindness Day UK, co-founded by humanitarians David Jamilly and Louise Burfitt-Dons.
How has it been celebrated in the past?
In previous years, the organisation Kindness UK handed out 10,000 chocolate bars at London train stations, and World Kindness Australia organised a ‘Kindness Hug’ on Bondi Beach which brought together thousands.
Kindness Scotland held ‘Kind Kid Awards’, and The Italian Kindness Movement hosted a Kindness Awards Ceremony in Parma.
How can I join in?
Any positive action for someone else, big or small, is a way of contributing to the day.
Small things could include:
- Praising a colleague
- Complimenting someone’s outfit
- Offering a lift
- Helping out a neighbour
- Letting someone out in traffic
Some people choose bigger acts such as:
- Paying for someone’s petrol
- Building a handmade gift
- Paying for someone’s food shopping
- Giving a generous tip to a server at a restaurant
Acts such as these can more expensive or time-consuming, but could change a life.
Receiving random acts of kindness can make someone’s bad day a good day, so why not get involved?