World Kindness Day 2017

13 November, is World Kindness Day and we are tickled pink to support it.  Our beautiful personalised picture, The Life Tree, is brimming with meaningful messages about life’s rich journey and one of the key missives is to treat other people (as well as animals) with kindness and compassion.

World Kindness Day is going to be celebrated in many countries across the world, including the UK.  It was originally introduced by the World Kindness Movement when a “Declaration of Kindness” was made on 13 November 1997.  The World Kindness Movement is an International coalition of organisations with no religious or political allegiance.  It was created when a number of kindness organisations from around the world came together to encourage individuals and communities to act with greater empathy. Countries that are represented are wide-ranging and include Australia, New Zealand, Japan, India, Italy, France and the UK where we have Kindness Day UK.

More about World Kindness Day:

The aim of World Kindness Day is to highlight and promote good deeds within your local, and the wider, community.  Kindness bridges the divides of religion, politics, race, gender and geography and one small act of kindness can go a long way.   Since its inception in 1997 the World Kindness Movement has worked hard to encourage schools and other organisations to get involved.  Australia led the way in 2012 when World Kindness Day was included on the Federal School Calendar for over 9000 schools.  Five years on schools around the globe celebrate the day.

Past celebrations of World Kindness Day:

  • 10,000 free chocolate bars were handed out at London train stations by Kindness UK
  • 30,000 flowers were handed out by The Singapore Kindness Movement one year and 45,000 another year!
  • World Kindness Australia organised a huge Kindness Hug on Bondi Beach
  • Kindness UK orchestrated a Text Wave across the UK
  • The Italian Kindness Movement hosted a Kindness Awards Ceremony
  • Kindness Scotland hosted a ‘Kind Kid Awards’
  • A global Flashmob was organised, which was which was held in 15 countries and 33 cities. Images of the event were projected on giant screens in New York

These were pretty grand gestures organised on a large scale but have they given you any ideas?  Could you organise a kindness hug or a Flashmob at your school or office?  It would be fun and if it puts a smile on someone’s face then it is all worth it.  We think being kind to others not only helps the person you are being kind to, but also helps you – you know that warm, fuzzy feeling inside when you have done something good!

Ideas of how to celebrate World Kindness Day and Kindness Day UK

There are plenty of ways to show a little kindness today, no matter how big or small:

  • Donate books or clothes to a local charity
  • Say hello to a neighbour
  • Hold a door open for a stranger
  • Let two cars into the queue rather than just one
  • Call someone who you have not spoken to for a while just to ask how they are – and really listen
  • Pay someone a compliment
  • Let your partner have control of the TV remote (even if it is just for tonight!)
  • Buy a cup of coffee for a homeless person
  • Give a “Kindness Card” to someone, just to say thank you for being there
  • And don’t forget the animals – give your furry best friend some extra attention and a hug

The great thing is that, however you decide to celebrate, World Kindness Day does not have to cost a penny.  So go on, be kind and tell us all about your #randomactofkindness on our facebook, twitter or instagram

The Life Tree Team X