World Kindness Day is celebrated on November 13th, and what a great time it is to celebrate kindness! As we head into Thanksgiving season and the following holidays, would a focus on kindness help your family? I know it will help mine. So maybe we can use November 13th to kick off a season of kindness that can become part of our lives.
In 1997, Japan held a gathering of kindness organizations from around the world in an effort to start a global kindness movement. The World Kindness Movement was formed there in Tokyo, and then launched the first World Kindness Day in 1998. Today, there are 28 countries that are part of the World Kindness Movement group.
The Purpose of World Kindness Day
We’ve talked about kindness here before, about it’s benefits and ways to make it important. World Kindness Day, according to InspireKindness.com, is meant to promote the idea that kindness binds us all together. They state that kindness “has the power to bridge the gap between nations. With kindness, we can overcome the divides of politics, race, religion, gender, and so much more.”
And so they encourage us to notice, encourage, and promote good deeds in our own communities. It’s a great reminder that little acts of kindness really do make a difference. We cannot know how a small act of kindness will change someone’s life. It’s impossible to predict the “ripple effect” that could go out from our simple kindnesses. And at the same time, the possibility and the potential really are exciting. They help us have hope that our own kindness can make a huge difference in the world in ways that we may never even know.
Celebrating World Kindness Day
So what are we supposed to actually do on November 13th? It’s pretty simple. We’re to really focus on being kind to others wherever we are. Look for ways to be kind. Choose one thing you can intentionally do for the good of another person. The time and effort level are totally up to you. If you want to do something huge and wonderful, go for it! And if you cannot do something huge or amazing, it’s OK! Don’t underestimate small efforts of kindness in your own family or workplace. These small acts of kindness matter too!
It’s actually more sustainable to incorporate small acts of kindness into your daily life. So let’s use November 13th as a kick-off day. How can you and your children focus on kindness toward one another and toward the people you spend time with?
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And check out our Rachel and the TreeSchoolers series! While it teaches fun scientific principles, it also focuses on values like kindness, teamwork, and sharing. You can watch a preview of Rachel and the TreeSchoolers here. And you can watch Episode 1, A Rainy Day, for free right here!
How will you celebrate World Kindness Day?