World Kindness Day - History, Significance, Theme

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : Mar 7, 2022, 9:31

Today, although we live in a hectic and self-concentrated world, we do come across acts of kindness that warm up our hearts. Being kind and doing good for others is a great moral value to nurture. Kindness is expressed through words and actions. Kindness can change the world.

Kindness has never been more relevant than in today's time. The world is fighting against the pandemic, and people are suffering in different ways. In such times, kindness can go a long way. The sense of satisfaction achieved after helping people is great for our own well-being. Every year, 13th November is observed as World Kindness Day. The day is celebrated to help people understand the power of kindness.

World Kindness Day was first put forward in 1998 at the Tokyo conference and is now a worldwide movement that reminds everyone of how an act of kindness has the power to change the world. The organization brought together several small kindness organizations from different nations. Currently, more than 27 countries participate in the World Kindness Movement. This includes India, Canada, Brazil, the United States, Japan, Australia, United Arab Emirates, and Italy.

The celebration of this day is encouraged in schools, workplaces, colleges, and public places. On this day, it is ensured that everyone is appreciated for their generosity and kindness.

World Kindness Day Theme

Year

Theme

2018

Nurturing Kindness

2019

Empathy

2020

The World We Make - Inspire Kindness

Acts of kindness can be from as simple as smiling back at a passerby to sharing with the needy. Our children need to understand the importance of kindness and practice it as they grow. Kindness is infectious and can be taught. The organization aims at making the world a better place through kindness.

Some Simple Ways to Be Kind

  • Speak kindly and respectfully
  • Write positive appreciation notes to people
  • Hold the door for someone
  • Compliment someone
  • Offer help for everyday chores to elderly neighbours
  • Share goodies with co-workers
  • Plant a tree and nourish a garden
  • Volunteer for community work
  • Give a hug
  • Send flowers to friends and family
  • Pick up trash and tidy up your home
  • Listen to people
  • Take a day off and enjoy what you like doing the most
  • Spend time with your children and compliment them for their hard work

These are a few simple ways to add sunshine to someone's cloudy day. One small act of kindness can have a domino effect and can cascade through many people.

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FAQs on World Kindness Day

Q.1) On which day is World Kindness Day celebrated?

Every year, 13th November is observed as World Kindness Day.

Q.2) How many countries are now part of the World Kindness Movement?

More than 27 countries are now part of the World Kindness Movement.

Q.3) Why is it important to be kind?

Kindness not only helps the person in need, but the satisfaction of helping someone in need leads to the feeling of high self-worth and is good for our well-being.