World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on the 13th of November. It was introduced in 1998 by The World Kindness Movement, an organization whose mission is to inspire people and nations to be more kind.
If there's one thing we need more of in this world, it's kindness. Kindness is a quality we learn early in life by treating others with empathy, fairness, compassion and respect without expecting praise in return. At the heart of any act of kindness is selflessness. When we put another's comfort or well-being ahead of our own, our spirits and mood is lifted. The stress hormone in our body decreases, boosting the level of serotonin and dopamine in our brains, giving us a warm feeling.
When we practice acts of kindness, we create connections with others that help build stronger communities. If kindness can become a powerful global movement, the possibilities are endless. How can we build a kinder world, and where do we start? A recent tweet from the Dalai Lama shows a way forward, "As soon as I wake up, I think about altruism."
There are other special days that celebrate kindness. Mark your calendars and set the goal of making kindness the norm.
- Random Acts of Kindness Day is February 17, 2022
- International Day of Happiness is March 20, 2022
- Good Deeds Day is April 3, 2022
- Pay it Forward Day is April 28, 2022
Kindness and Science Studies
The science behind kindness is real. Research has shown that kindness is a gift that keeps on giving. These articles are based on scientific studies that connect kindness to overall well-being.
- "The Science of Kindness", Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
- "How sharing kindness can make you healthier and happier", the Mayo Clinic
- "The heart and science of kindness", Harvard Medical School
- "Why Being Kind Helps You Too- Especially Now", the Wall Street Journal
Create a Kindness Jar
Enjoy creating a kindness craft that brings the whole family together of all ages and abilities. This kindness jar is filled with inspirational messages of compassion and empathy.
Make a Gratitude Journal
In this video, you'll learn how to create an easy DIY Gratitude Journal. Record your daily or weekly goals of kindness through your personal reflections.