While Friday the 13th is seen as an unlucky day, small acts of kindness can make any day brighter. Today is Friday the 13th, but it also happens to be World Kindness Day! Luck aside, kindness is one thing everyone appreciates and it connects us all.
What is World Kindness Day?
World Kindness Day started in 1988 by the World Kindness Movement and is meant to spread love and kindness to others, yourself, and the world. Even though we should be kind daily, being mindful and aware of the small things day to day can be challenging. Take today to shine a light on people or acts we may overlook. Let’s highlight the importance of kindness, gratitude, and how it can help us overcome divides bringing people together.
How To Celebrate World Kindness Day
Today we encourage you to go out of your way for others no matter where you are. These small, but meaningful acts are so important and we ask you to do at least one kind thing for someone else! Below are a few ways you can let others know you care.
- Ask your cashier, bank teller, barista or other worker how their day is. Take a moment to sincerely listen and reply.
- Pay it forward for someone’s meal or coffee
- Send a positive text to 3 friends you haven’t talked to in a while
- Call a relative to tell them you love and appreciate them
- Send a handwritten card or note to your loved ones
- Volunteer in your community, church, work place, or school
- Hold the door open for someone
- If you’re waiting for a service or in line be extra patient and understanding to the workers
- Take 30 minutes to yourself for meditation, relaxation, a walk, or a hobby you enjoy
Kindness is unlimited and free – get creative! Ultimately these things are for the good of the world and are meant to encourage others to do good deeds to spread kindness as well. If some of these are out of your comfort zone, saying ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you’ are the simplest ways to be kind and it means more to someone than you may know!
“The world is full of kind people. If you can’t find one, be one.”Unknown