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World Kindness Day

Spread some kindness today - World Kindness Day is the perfect time to do something positive for your community and make the world a better place!
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Celebrate World Kindness Day on November 13 and show some love to those around you! This special day was first established in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, which is a coalition of kindness-focused organizations from over 20 countries. The goal of this day is to spread joy, compassion and understanding throughout the world by encouraging people to perform kind acts for one another.

History of World Kindness Day

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World Kindness Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1996</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>World Kindness Movement Formation</div><div class='timeline-text'>The World Kindness Movement, a coalition of global non-government organizations dedicated to promoting kindness, was established.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1998</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>World Kindness Day Inception</div><div class='timeline-text'>World Kindness Day was first introduced and observed on November 13 by the World Kindness Movement in Tokyo, Japan.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2009</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Singapore Observance</div><div class='timeline-text'>Singapore's Ministry of Education acknowledged the importance of teaching kindness, recognizing November 13 as World Kindness Day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2012</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Growing Global Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>More and more countries started celebrating World Kindness Day, and events included the largest group hug in Australia and hundreds of kindness cards distributed in Canada.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2017</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Dance for Kindness</div><div class='timeline-text'>Life Vest Inside, a non-profit organization, initiated “Dance for Kindness”, a worldwide freeze mob/flash mob to celebrate World Kindness Day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Digital Observance Amid Pandemic</div><div class='timeline-text'>During the global COVID-19 pandemic, virtual events and online acts of kindness marked the celebration of World Kindness Day.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Kindness Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Write a thank you note</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the time to write a thank you note to someone who has helped you out or made an impact on your life. It can be someone close to you or even someone you have never met.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Help a neighbor in need</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Check in with elderly neighbors and offer to help with errands or house chores. Offer to take their pet for a walk or shovel their sidewalk.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to charity</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time to research charities that are making a difference in the world, then donate something—whether it be money, clothing, toys, or your time.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer at an animal shelter</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Animal shelters are always looking for volunteers to help care for the animals. Spend some time playing with the cats, walking the dogs, and giving them all the love they deserve.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Perform an act of kindness</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>It can be something small like holding the door open for someone or buying coffee for a stranger. Every act of kindness makes a difference.</p></div></div>

Why World Kindness Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It encourages us to be kinder</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Kindness Day is an important reminder of how we should treat each other. It encourages us to focus on the positive and practice acts of kindness, no matter how small. Doing so can create a ripple effect that spreads kindness throughout the world!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes understanding & recognition</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Kindness Day helps promote understanding among people from different cultures and backgrounds. By recognizing this day, we can appreciate our similarities while also valuing our differences. It's a great opportunity for everyone to get together and celebrate how much better the world can be when we are kind to one another!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It creates a more compassionate society</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>When we act with kindness, it's easier to understand and accept others for who they are. World Kindness Day highlights the importance of compassion in today's society, which can lead to a more tolerant and accepting world. So celebrate World Kindness Day by showing your fellow human beings some extra kindness and love!</p></div></div>

5 Heartwarming Facts for World Kindness Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>It's Unofficially Recognized by United Nations</h3><p class='facts-content'>While not an officially recognized UN observance, World Kindness Day is acknowledged and celebrated in numerous countries around the world, highlighting the universal importance of kindness.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Kindness Can Improve Overall Wellbeing</h3><p class='facts-content'>Scientific evidence suggests that acts of kindness can benefit physical and mental health by reducing stress, improving mood, and promoting overall wellbeing.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Kindness Triggers 'Helper’s High'</h3><p class='facts-content'>Performing acts of kindness releases endorphins—our body’s natural painkillers—producing a phenomenon known as "Helper’s High".</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Kindness Can Be Contagious</h3><p class='facts-content'>Research suggests that observing another's kind act, makes the observer more likely to perform their own act of kindness, demonstrating the contagious effect of kindness.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>World Kindness Day Encourages Education about Kindness for Children</h3><p class='facts-content'>Many schools around the globe incorporate World Kindness Day into their curriculum to encourage the younger generation to be kinder. This shows that the practise of kindness starts at a young age and can impact societal conduct in the future.</p></div></div>

World Kindness Day FAQs

When is World Kindness Day?

World Kindness Day is celebrated on November 13th every year. In 2024 World Kindness Day will occur on a Wednesday.

World Kindness Day Dates

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2023

Nov 13

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2024

Nov 13

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2025

Nov 13

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2026

Nov 13

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2027

Nov 13

Saturday

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