World Kindness Day – 5 Easy Ways to be Kind in Everyday Life

Monday, 07 November 2016

On the 13th November, it’s World Kindness Day. This annual event has been running since 1998 and is observed in lots of different countries. There are many ways you can get involved on an individual level or as part of a community group.

Whether you want to show kindness on the day itself, or on another day, our aim is to inspire you. Here are five quick and easy ways you can show kindness, either towards people you know or complete strangers:

Start a reverse advent calendar

It won’t be long until Christmas but whilst most of us are looking forward to a day spent celebrating with family and friends, there are people who aren’t as fortunate. Why not take a big box and start a reverse advent calendar? All you need to do is add one food tin or packet to the box every day and then on Christmas Eve donate the filled box to your local Foodbank or homeless shelter to help people in need.

Give the gift of time

We all live busy lives but sometimes we just need to slow down and show the peopleWorld Kindness Day around us that we care. Do you have a lonely neighbour who would benefit from you spending half an hour or so chatting to them over coffee? If a friend or family member has recently had a baby, perhaps you could cook them a hearty meal or knit them a cardigan or two? Simply picking up the phone and calling someone you’ve not spoken to in a while could also brighten up their day.

If you want to commit to something long-term, why not try volunteering at a charity shop, a soup kitchen or at a local school?

Try to compliment more

It might take a bit of practice, but try to compliment at least three people a day. You could compliment someone on the outfit they’re wearing, their hair or a job well done. It’s amazing the difference it can make to a person’s life. They might be someone you know very well or someone you pass in the street.

Say thank you 

You don’t need to wait until someone’s birthday or Christmas to show them that you care.
Why not think of a special gift that they’d love, like a personalised chocolate bar, a CD of their favourite songs or a photo frame with a memorable photograph in it? You could write them a letter or send a nice card, telling them how much they mean to you and how amazing they are. They won’t be expecting it so it’ll make it even more touching.

Pay it forward

Next time you’re in a coffee shop or restaurant, why not pay the bill of the person who’ll come in next? You won’t get to see the look on their face when they discover what you’ve done but that shouldn’t matter.  Showing kindness isn’t about being praised, it’s about making a difference.

We hope we’ve given you plenty of food for thought and you’ll join the campaign to make the world a kinder place. For more ideas, visit the World Kindness Movement website. 

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