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World Kindness Day is celebrated on November 13th each year, that promotes the importance of being kind to others, ourselves, and the world. The purpose of this day is to help everyone understand that goodness is what connects us all. This understanding has the power to close the gap between nations. With kindness, we can overcome politics, race, religion, gender, and other disparities. Twenty-one years ago, at the Tokyo Conference, the World Kindness Movement initiative began as a global movement that now reminds every one of the power of kindness.
The purpose of World Kindness Day is to emphasize and encourage the good works of the community. It also reminds us that simple and kind acts are powerful and that we can all work together to create a kinder world. You may be wondering how one person’s compassion can make a difference. It is not easy to understand, but any small act can have an unimaginable overflow effect. The World Kindness Movement and World Kindness Day aim to inspire you to believe that one action at a time can make a global difference.
This article describes the ways to commemorate the World Kindness Day. It also includes simple ways and ideas on how to celebrate and make the most of your day through kindness.
History of World Kindness Day
World Kindness Day was first introduced as an observation day by the World Kindness Movement, in 2019. The organization was registered as an official NGO under Swiss law, but the group’s history dates back to the 1997 Tokyo-based convention.
Several institutions and associations based in countries such as Australia, Thailand, the United States, and the United Kingdom have come together at this conference as they dedicate themselves to upholding the goodness of society. The initial composition of the World Kindness Movement was formed as a result of this event, and the written declaration of its inauguration states that “we are committed to coming together to build a kinder and more compassionate world.” I am. In 1998, in pursuit of this goal, they will facilitate the launch of First World Kindness Day.
In 2010, at the request of Michael Lloyd White, the NSW Citizens and Parents Associations wrote to the NSW Minister of Education to include a World Kindness Day on the NSW School Calendar.
In 2012, at the request of the President of World Kindness Australia, World Kindness Day, consisting of the then Minister of School Education, Toddlers and Youth, was added to the federal school calendar. Hon Peter Garrett has submitted a Statement of Support for Australia’s Global Kindness and published World Kindness Day on the national school calendar of more than 9,000 schools.
Schools around the world are now celebrating World Kindness Day and working with local NGOs such as the Be Kind People Project and LifeVest Inside in the U.S. In 2012, the Governor of New South Wales, Mareeba Seal, organized the first World Kindness Day event at Government House and received the Cool to Be Kind Award from grades 3 and 4.
The Australian Council, which represents more than 1.3 million people, has also signed a declaration supporting the goodness of the world. Australia includes World Kindness Day on the Council’s calendar of events. Events include THE BIG HUG, Kindness Card distribution, and Global Flashmob. Coordinated by Orly Wahba from the United States, it was held in 15 countries and 33 cities with the image of a big-screen event in New York City.
Canada celebrated at The Kindness Concert, and Singapore in 2009 received 45,000 yellow flowers. In 2017, Slovenia also celebrated World Kindness Day, organized by the volunteer organization Humanitarček as part of the Randomized Kindness project.
World Kindness Movement
World Kindness Movement is the main authorized organization of World kindness day.
World Kindness Movement is a non-profit organization without any political, commercial, or religious bonding. The organization’s formation came to fruition when Japan first brought together friendly and like-minded organizations from around the world at a conference held in Tokyo on September 20, 1997.
Members of the movement include Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, India, Italy, Japan, Liberia, Malaysia, Mexico, Nepal, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Romania, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Uganda, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, and Zimbabwe.
Following the 7th General Assembly elections in London in 2012, a kind of Singapore torch was handed over to Australia for the first time, and Australia was appointed as the organization’s secretariat.
At the 8th General Assembly in 2014, China, France, Switzerland, and Thailand were appointed to the Board of the International Council for the first time. Australia, India, Nigeria, and South Korea participated in the second phase in the hope that they implemented a global strategy developed to bring about positive change in which all the countries of the world could come together in a coalition of goodwill.
At the 9th General Assembly in Seoul in 2017, welcome the new WKM international council representing South Korea, Switzerland, India, Australia, the Netherlands, Nigeria, China, and Mexico.
At the 10th General Assembly in Lugano in 2019, we welcome the new WKM International Football Association, representing Switzerland, India, Australia, Nigeria, Malaysia and South Korea.
WKM is now recognized as the best global organization of goodness, not as a governing body, but as a platform for collaboration and sharing. WKM’s mission is to make people kinder by connecting countries and creating a kinder world.
Importance of World Kindness Day
The purpose of World Kindness Day, outlined by the World Kindness Movement, is to “emphasize the good works of the community, focusing on the common thread of positive power and goodness that unites us.” Since its founding more than 20 years ago, this day has received truly global attention. Events related to the day attracted participants from the continent where they all live. This includes activities such as concerts, dance groups, and the distribution of “kindness cards.”
Today, this day is one of the informal observances, but gaining official approval status from the United Nations remains the hope of the Global Kindness Movement. If the group is successful in its efforts, World Health Day will join the ranks of recognized compliance days, such as International Day of Peace, Human Rights Day, and World Health Day.
World Kindness Day encourages people to spread their kindness with little actions. Explain that good things don’t necessarily have to be great, and not so great. People can start by helping important people and their parents with housework, study, and activities for younger siblings. In addition, they can clean the environment, water plants, reduce pollution, and help the poor. Kindness not only makes both sides feel happy, but it also reduces anxiety and stress.
Benefits of Kindness
Following benefits can be returned by pay your kindness to some one:
- Good for your heart
Kindness can change the chemicals in our bodies. The act of tenderness produces a hormone called oxytocin in the body. This is sometimes called the “kindness hormone” or “heart-protective hormone.” That means protecting our minds. Oxytocin helps the release of a substance called nitric oxide, which opens blood vessels and decreases blood pressure. It is an important factor in keeping our mind healthy after exercise. This important hormone also improves our self-esteem and optimism. This is especially helpful when you are feeling anxious, nervous, or shy.
- Reduces stress and anxiety
Low levels of the chemical serotonin in the body are associated with anxiety and depression. Therefore, kindness helps because it increases serotonin. When we are kind, we have the opposite emotional and physical effects on our bodies than when we are stressed. A study from the University of British Columbia found that kind of people have 23% less cortisol (stress hormone) and were lower than average. In their study, a group of very anxious people performed kind deeds at least six times a week. A month later, their positive mood increased significantly, their relationships with others improved, and they were less likely to avoid social situations.
- Gives an energy
Participating in kind acts can give us more energy. A study from the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California at Berkeley showed that people feel stronger and more energetic after helping others.
- It’s contagious
Kindness can spread quite quickly and widely. The positive effects of tenderness are experienced in everyone’s brain, whether they are giving, receiving, or observing tenderness. This improves your mood and greatly increases your chances of being kind. Kindness creates an overflow effect and can enhance your performance the day for many.
- Makes you feel happy
Besides oxytocin, being nice also produces serotonin in your body. This is often referred to as a “happy chemical” and has been shown to heal, calm, and improve mood. When you are kind to others, the joy and reward center in your brain lights up, making you feel good.
- Reduces pain
The sweetness produces endorphins, the brain’s natural pain reliever. Endorphins are hormones that deal with stress and reduce the sensation of pain.
- Supports your immune system
How you feel emotionally can physically affect your immune system. The immune system is a system in the body that helps fight infections and viruses. If you feel nice to someone, someone is nice to you, or you feel connected to someone by seeing kindness in action, your immune system can kick into action.
- Slows ageing
One of the factors that play a role in the aging process is oxidative stress, which is an imbalance in your body. Scientists have found that introducing oxytocin (a mild hormone) into stressed skin cells significantly reduces the level of oxidative stress.
How to Celebrate World Kindness Day
On World Kindness Day, groups and individuals are encouraged to do their best to be kind to others, whether at home, at work, at school, or simply in public. At least one intentional act of kindness that day to benefit someone else. It can be considered as simple or complicated as you wish.
This day also means celebrating and encouraging the good works that others have already done. Let those around you know how grateful you are for their kindness and generosity on the day of goodness in the world. Saying “thank you” is one of the kindest things you can do, and you probably won’t be asked as often as you might think.
Being nice doesn’t have to be looks or luxury. The simplest can make the most important difference! Here are some simple ideas and ways to help you on a day of friendship with the world at work, at school, with your loved ones, or even when you’re running daily routing. Look for opportunities to bring kindness into someone’s day as the day goes by. It will make their day and yours better.
- Write a positive message on the sticky note and leave it for people to find
- Clean around your house
- Congratulate someone
- Smile with others when you are walking
- Chat with strangers and ask them about their day.
- Pick up any trash that can be seen on the ground and throw it away.
- Give a surprise gift to those who care
- Organize a workplace donation drive
- Practice gratitude
- Write a note on the receipt at the server’s restaurant.
- Surprise your colleagues with homemade cookies and treats.
- Send positive or encouraging text messages to 5 contacts
- Tell family and friends that you love them
- Spend less time on your smartphone and spend more time with the people you care about
- Call a family member who has not spoken in a while.
- Ask your classmates to assist you for your homework.
- Surprise someone with flowers
- Voluntary give someone a hug
- Offer to help with someone’s trouble
- Keep the door open for someone
- Plant a tree
- Talk to new people
- Send friendly cards and notes to your friends
- Paying for stranger’s’ coffee and meals
These ideas will help you make the most of World Kindness Day. World Kindness Day is celebrated on November 13 of each year, but keep in mind that kindness is just as important every two years. You don’t need a vacation to be useful. Also, encouraging kindness is not limited to one day of the year.
World Kindness Day 2021
The theme of World kindness day 2021 also focuses on spreading kindness all over the world. Due to the Covid – 19 pandemic by November 13, most of the cities may be locked down in over the world. But it is no matter to celebrate World Kindness day because this is the most suitable time to pay your kindness to people with so much fear and pressure from COVID-19 to stay home, a simple gesture of kindness can go a long way.
The best part about paying it upfront is the inevitable overflow effect. If you do something nice for someone, it will also encourage them to do something nice. And here’s an added by-product: Giving to others is good for your mental and physical health.
Studies show that giving can lower blood pressure, increase self-esteem, reduce depression and stress, gain greater well-being, and live longer. Being nice is good for everyone and it can all start with you. Try these simple ideas and begin your quest to spread kindness.
During the pandemic situation you can care your love once by:
1. Offer your services to neighbors.
From gardening to dog walking to shopping, there are many ways to help. And if you have enough time, it is a better way to assist them.
2. Send letters to a nursing home
Lockdown can be disturbed for anyone in an Assisted Living facility. Contact your local elder home to find out for the elderly in need.
3. Thank a teacher, caregiver or other essential worker.
Do you know though you are in the home, teachers, nurses, and grocery workers are still working? Send them an email, a card, or a short text to get their spirits up and words of encouragement.
4. Write a positive review of a local business
Local businesses are working harder than ever to float. In addition to shopping locally, write positive articles to encourage others to shop there.
5. Deliver your garden goods.
Whether you grow tomatoes or flowers, giving your neighbors food from your garden can provide a healthy snack or just something that looks good.
6. Share good news on your social media channel.
Negative news loops are terrible for morale. Make a difference by posting positive messages, from words of encouragement to videos of pets.