Updated: Jan 14, 2019
November 13 is World Kindness Day, and is the result of humanitarian minds coming together in 1997 to make a “Declaration of Kindness”. On this day, everyone is encouraged to make a personal declaration of kindness by doing something to help someone.
We often associate kindness with acts of charity or volunteerism, and these are wonderful ways to make the world a better place. However, the small things we do are just as important, making impacts that we may never even see. I remember many times when my entire day was made better by something as simple as a smile.
Here are some ideas on how to celebrate World Kindness Day. And remember, the ultimate goal is to live our lives this way so that every day is World Kindness Day.
Help an elderly neighbor carry groceries
Be friendly and say thank you to the cashier at the grocery store
Look people in the eyes, smile and say hello
Pay for someone’s meal or coffee in the fast food drive-thru
Buy a meal for a police officer or firefighter if you see them in a restaurant
Give change to the person short on cash in the check-out lane
Buy groceries for a struggling family
Take homemade baked goods to your local fire or police station
Take a meal to a busy mom and her family
Offer to babysit for your neighbors so they can go out on a date
Donate clothing to a local shelter
Donate books to the local library
Let people know they are appreciated
Sacrifice a weekly latte and put the money in a jar to save to help a needy person.
Showing kindness to others has some amazing benefits.
By focusing on other people rather than our own problems and daily stress, we automatically eliminate some of those negative feelings and start to feel better.
Therefore, being kind is a win-win for everyone involved. Take some time today (and everyday) to be kind to other people. The list is really unlimited as to ways to do this. Use your imagination and you will be surprised at what you come up with.
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