World Kindness Day
What is the purpose of World Kindness Day?
World Kindness Day began in 1998 and it occurs yearly on the 13th of November. The main purpose of World Kindness Day is to highlight good deeds and share positivity through acts of kindness.
After such a turbulent year in 2020, what could be better than sharing a bit of positivity with both loved ones and strangers!
What can you do for World Kindness Day?
Sometimes it can be difficult to find a way to brighten someone’s day. Here are five things you can do for World Kindness Day and see what a difference you can make.
Send an affirming message
Is there someone you haven’t spoken to for a while? Has a friend or family member helped you with something recently? Maybe you’ve noticed someone you love has seemed a little bit down. Why not take this opportunity to send an uplifting or affirming message?
It may not seem like a lot, and it doesn’t have to be a long message, but it could go a very long way. Even knowing that you have thought of them could be enough to bring a smile to their face. Whether it’s through text, email, or phone call, try sending a thoughtful message on World Kindness Day.
Compliment a friend or stranger
Sometimes all it takes is a little compliment to turn a foul day into a good one. These little boosts are an effortless way to share a bit of kindness with friends and strangers alike. Anything from “I love that jacket” to “you’re a really funny person, you’ve brightened my day” can have a great impact.
It’s easy to take positive things for granted and focus on the negatives. On this World Kindness Day, take extra care to appreciate the great things you do and the brightness that other people bring into your life.
Donate to a charity or give to a food bank
One of the biggest news stories of the past couple of months has been the push for children to have free school meals over the holidays. It has become increasingly important to help support people in our community who may be struggling.
A great way to share some positivity and help people around you is to donate to charity or give to a local food bank. Charities like Fareshare distribute food across the UK for people who are in need. You can help them by donating to their charity or, if you’re not in a position to help financially, you can drop off food items to supermarkets with collections.
Treat someone to a coffee
Little gifts can have a great impact on our relationships with friends and loved ones. Why not treat them to a nice hot drink this winter. Bring a bit of warmth to your friendship with a tasty hot chocolate, tea or coffee!
Another idea would be to ‘pay it forward’. The next time you’re going to buy a hot drink, ask the barista if you can pay for the coffee for the person behind you. This gift is sure to brighten anyone’s day.
Be kind to yourself
2020 has been difficult for everyone, between the pandemic and the many issues that are occurring around the world, it can be overwhelming. It’s important we take time to be as kind to ourselves as we are to others. Enjoy some time just for yourself or with your household. Make a list of the top 3 things that you want to do and take the time to do them.
If you feel overwhelmed by the current state of things, avoid the news and turn off any social media. Take some time to shut out negativity and focus on yourself. Having moments like these can prepare us to take on the days ahead.
Spread some joy!
Make the most of this World Kindness Day by sharing some positivity in your community and in your relationships. There is no limit to the number of kind things you can do. This is certainly the year for highlighting good deeds and bringing happiness into people's lives!