Set up in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a coalition of nations' kindness NGOs, with the mission to spread kindness around the world.
This year we are all facing the challenges of the pandemic and restrictions to our normal lives through lockdowns. But for the many this time will be particularly challenging either through illness, loss of loved ones or worries about money and job security.
The benefits of kindness
"It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself..."
Kindness not only benefits those we help but also ourselves. It makes look outside of ourselves and appreciate those around us. Research has proven that regularly undertaking acts of kindness can:
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
Here are just a few ideas for acts of kindness, and not all of them need to cost you financially:
For Friends and Family:
In the community:
And most importantly be kind to YOURSELF! Take time to enjoy a walk, some time in nature, a book, a bath, some baking – whatever feels like a treat to you.
What should you wear for World Kindness Day?
Everyone is encouraged to wear a cardigan as a symbol of kindness – so let’s cosy up in our cardigans and spread some kindness on Friday 13th November!
Share with us your ideas for kindness or kindness that has been shown to you, we’d love to hear about your experiences.