With the UK cost-of-living crisis not going away any time soon, global warming at worrying levels, war, crime, and other events happening that might threaten our happiness, World Kindness Day is probably needed now more than ever.
Here is everything you need to know about the annual event.
What is the history of World Kindness Day?
The first World Kindness Day was held by not-for-profit organisation the World Kindness Movement (WKM) in 1988. They aim to inspire and encourage people to show greater kindness to one another in the hope of creating a fairer, better world.
The World Kindness Movement does not have any religious, commercial, or political motivations, but simply aims to make the world a better, kinder place for us all.
The WKM organisation was born in 1997 at a conference in Japan. Those attending had a shared understanding of the importance of kindness in society. Today, it has 27 representatives from all over the world, from Brazil and China to the UK, Romania, and Zimbabwe.
In the UK, Kindness Day is organised by Kindness UK, a not-for-profit organisation. Kindness Day UK was launched on November 13, 2010, and the event has continued to grow in popularity every year, with increasing numbers of individuals, schools, charities, institutions, and businesses taking part on the same day annually.
How can I celebrate World Kindness Day?
People around the world are encouraged to share quotes about kindness on November 13. Maya Angelou’s, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”, for example. Or Roald Dahl’s, “If you have good thoughts, they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
You can also pledge a good deed and find ideas for random acts of kindness, both large and small, on the Kindness UK website. Below are some examples:
Hang on to your mobile phone for longer
Take your own bag shopping or buy a “bag for life”
Turn the tap off while you’re brushing your teeth
Walk or cycle to reduce your carbon footprint
Turn off electrical items at the plug socket
Turn the lights off when you leave a room
Sign the petition asking the United Nations to make World Kindness Day a globally recognised day
Offer to do a food shop for an elderly neighbour
Help a mother carry her pushchair upstairs
Take the time to get to know your colleagues
Sign up to the organ-donor register
Give someone a compliment
Try to reduce your meat consumption eg have a meat-free day
Volunteer for a nature charity
Only use pesticides as a last resort
Help search for a missing cat