World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on 13th November. On this day, participants attempt to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness, either as individuals or as organisations.
World Kindness Day was first launched in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement, an organisation formed at a 1997 Tokyo conference of like-minded kindness organisations from around the world. There are currently over 28 nations involved in The World Kindness Movement which is not affiliated with any religion or political movement. The mission of the World Kindness Movement and World Kindness Day is to create a kinder world by inspiring individuals and nations towards greater kindness.
In the UK, Kindness Day UK is organised by Kindness UK, a not for profit organisation. Kindness Day UK was launched on 13th November 2010, and the event has continued to grow in popularity every year with increasing numbers of individuals, schools, charities, institutions and businesses taking part.
Anybody wishing to take part in World Kindness Day or Kindness Day UK can pledge a good deed and also find a ride range of resources including ideas for random acts of kindness both large and small on the Kindness
UK website http://www.kindnessuk.com
Kindness simply means being good to people around us. It can be done by being polite to them, offering them emotional support, helping them financially, boosting their morale or by simply being supportive to them. Kind words and kind deeds done by us are not only a boon for the recipient but are also a blessing to us. When we help others with their tasks, are polite to them and do other such acts of kindness it gives us a sense of accomplishment and joy.
Kindness has been described differently in different religious books and literature in the past. However, they all echo the same thought. All of them advocate that human beings must show kindness to other human beings as well as other creatures. We must be polite, friendly and helpful. While we should exhibit kindness we must not do it with the aim of getting anything in return. Kindness is a selfless act.
If God has been kind enough to give us the things we need we must be kind to others and render help in whatever way we can. As Lord Buddha said, “A generous heart, kind speech and a life of service and compassion are the things that renew humanity”.
A person with a pleasant disposition and a concern for others is said to be kind. Such people are empathetic towards others. They help those around them whenever there is a need and never hesitate to go out of their way to bring a smile on other people’s face.
Small Acts of Kindness can Make Big Difference
Showing kindness towards others does not necessarily mean doing something big for them. It can be something as small as being polite and offering emotional support to someone. It can be something as tiny as passing a smile to the old lady who sits all alone in her balcony watching people go by or giving a small bite of your bread to the sparrow that tweets on your terrace every day. Such acts of kindness don’t take much but can make a big difference in the other person’s life.
You don’t have to be a millionaire to offer help and be nice to people around. You just need to have a good heart. Each one of us has something to give to the world. We just need to recognize what it is. Besides, we need to understand the need to be kind to people around us. We need to understand that the world would become a much better place if people are kind to each other.
By being kind to the other people we do not only help them and light a smile on their face but also feel good at a deeper level. It gives a sense of satisfaction.
We can rarely find kind people around. In fact, if we look at it, are we kind ourselves? We may feel the pain of people around us but how many times have we lend a helping hand towards them? If we expect others to be kind towards us, we must first inculcate this habit in ourselves.
100 Acts of kindness for kids
Doing acts of kindness is one of the best activities you can do with your kids. It’s a great way to bond as a family, a lot of fun and teaches kids about compassion and service.
Any act of kindness no matter how big or small can make a difference–especially when done intentionally. Here are 100 acts of kindness for kids that you and your family can do together!
1.Put change in a vending machine.
2.Hold the door open for someone.
3.Do a chore for someone without them knowing.
4.Tell a joke.
5.Return someone’s cart at the store.
6.Give candy to your bank teller.
7.Leave a letter in a library book.
8,Feed the birds.
9.Leave happy notes around town.
10.Put a small bin in your car to collect recycling.
11.Call your grandparents and ask them about their childhood.
12.Pick up litter.
13.Let someone go ahead of you in line.
14.Compliment a friend.
15.Wash someone’s car.
16.Write a thank you note for your mail carrier.
18.Bake dessert for a neighbor
19.Walk dogs at the animal shelter.
20.Check in on an elderly neighbor.
21.Set up a lemonade stand and donate the profits.
22.Send a card to a service member.
23.Bury treasure at the playground.
24.Set the table for dinner.
25.Leave bubbles on someone’s doorstep.
26.Put money on a stranger’s layaway bill.
27.Tell someone why they are special to you.
28.Donate outgrown clothes.
29.Buy a coffee for a stranger.
30.Pass out stickers to kids waiting in line.
31.Talk to someone new at school.
32.Write chalk messages on the sidewalk.
33.Weed or shovel for a neighbor.
34.Donate food to the food pantry.
35.Bring flowers to your teacher.
36.Tell a manager how good your service was.
37Tape change to a parking meter.
38.Donate socks and supplies to the homeless shelter.
39.Give a lottery ticket to a stranger.
40.Call a friend you haven’t seen in a while to say hello.
41.Tape money for the ice cream truck to a friend’s front door.
42.Take treats to the fire station.
43.Read a book to someone.
44.Leave heads up pennies on the sidewalk.
45.Donate a book to a doctor’s office waiting room.
46.Tell someone how much you love them.
47.Say hello to everyone you see.
48.Make someone else’s bed.
49.Hold the door open for someone.
50.Wave at kids on school buses.
51.Sing songs at a nursing home.
52.Invite someone to play on the playground.
53.Tell the principal how great your teacher is.
54.Donate a toy to Toys for Tots.
55.Turn off the water while brushing your teeth.
56.Say thank you when you see service members.
57.Fill a kindness jar with candy for another family.
58.Make a thank you sign for sanitation workers.
59.Make a busy bag for a family with young children.
60. Bring cookies to the custodian.
61.Help make dinner.
62.Donate new pajamas for foster kids.
63.Make a get well card for someone.
64.Bring your neighbors’ garbage cans up for them.
65.Take care of someone’s pet while they’re away.
66.Leave a popcorn surprise on a DVD rental machine.
67.Share a special toy with a friend.
68.Clean up your room without being asked.
69.Tape a video message for faraway friends.
70.Leave kindness stones at the park.
71.Give a candy bar to the bus driver.
72.Send dessert to another family at a restaurant.
73.Give spare change to the food pantry.
74.Buy extra school supplies for a teacher.
75.Make muffins for your pharmacist.
76.Teach someone something new.
77.Reuse paper when you are drawing.
78.Pay for someone’s toll.
79.Give someone a hug coupon.
80.Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
81.Write a note for someone’s lunch.
82.Collect money or items for your favorite charity.
83.Donate coloring books and crayons to the children’s hospital.
84.Write a poem for a friend.
85.Ask for donations instead of birthday gifts.
86.Help someone unload groceries at the store.
87.Make a candy gram for the police department.
88.Collect books for the library.
89.Adopt an animal online.
90.Decorate tissue boxes and hand sanitizer for nursing stations.
91.Make a homemade gift for someone.
92.Clean up your toys without being asked.
93.Deliver water bottles to the homeless shelter.
94.Create activity bags for families of deployed soldiers.
95.Give high fives to a friend.
96.Make a thank you card for your librarian.
97.Dry the slides at the park with a towel after it rains.
98.Make play dough for a preschool class.
99.Send a postcard to a friend.
100.Smile at everybody. It’s contagious.
The best part about doing acts of kindness is once you start you can’t stop! They are so much fun to do!
Focusing on kindness can be life-changing for you and your family. We think doing acts of kindness as a family or group can be life changing and encourage you to join our kindness movement.
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