10 Simple Ways To Celebrate World Kindness Day

Celebrated every 13th of November, World Kindness Day is a global 24-hour celebration dedicated to focusing on good acts and paying it forward. It was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement and now boasts participation by many countries including Canada, Japan, Australia, Nigeria, United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Italy, India, and even UK

World Kindness Day is the day that encourages individuals to perform random acts of kindness regardless of race, creed, or religion. It aims to unify people through focusing on the positive power and the common good which binds us. Some countries celebrate the occasion through the exchange of Kindness cards. Other countries, like Canada, even hold a concert.

We are innately kind; therefore it should not be difficult to pass our kindness to others. Here are 10 simple ways to extend our kindness to other people. We bet you have already done some of them:

Kindness is FREE. Let’s pass it on.
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Kindness is FREE. Let's pass it on.

  1. Smile. There’s no better way to start a day than to smile and feel good, and to see the same from others. Let your smile change the world. Don’t let the world change your smile.
  2. Post on social media. Dedicate your 24 hours to spreading positive vibes on social media. Post on Facebook. Tweet kindness quotes on Twitter. No bashing, no flaming contents, no hate comments. Just pure love and good vibes.
  3. Celebrate love and gratitude. If you’re in a relationship, rekindle that lovin’ feeling. Go on a dinner or movie date. For your parents, call or text them, kiss them on the cheek, or send them flowers or cards to show your gratitude, no matter how busy your schedule.

“To touch someone with kindness is to change someone forever.”
—Mike Dooley
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  1. Be charitable. If you see beggars on the street and have some spare coins, give. It might be just what they need to get through the day. If you buy something from a poor vendor, don’t ask for a discount. Instead, if it’s not a big deal, consider letting them keep the change.
  2. Lend a helping hand. If you see an old man or woman crossing the street, guide them across. If your officemate is chasing deadlines, extending your help will be greatly appreciated.
  3. Highlight another’s merit. Whether at work or outside of it, compliment people. Whether it is about their personality, performance, appearance, or anything you observe, remember that we all need positive affirmation every now and then.
  4. Maintain a positive mindset. Even if you’re having a bad day—running late and stuck in traffic?—don’t let it ruin your mood. As they say, smile and the world will smile back at you.

Kindness begins with me.
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You must be the change you wish to see in the world

  1. Pick up litter and clean as you go. If you have someone in your home or office that cleans for you, maybe it’s time to return the favor by doing some of the simple cleaning yourself. If you see any piece of paper or trash, pick it up and dispose it.
  2. Refrain from foul language. Celebrate this day without uttering any offensive words or using foul language.

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” —Mark Twain
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  1. Silently pray. Let’s pray for those in war and conflict that they’ll find peace within. Let’s pray for those victims of calamity that they get all the help they need. Let’s pray for those victims of human trafficking and all other forms of abuse that they will find forgiveness in their heart. And let us pray that someday, this world will be a better place.

As we celebrate this day, we hope that we will all have that desire in our hearts to celebrate each day as if were World Kindness Day. In his song “Man in the Mirror”, pop legend Michael Jackson clearly points out that if we want the world to become a better place, it must begin within ourselves:

I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change

“The world is FULL of kind people. If you can’t find one, be one!”
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