November 13 Is World Kindness Day, Here Are 5 Selfless Ways To Celebrate
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November 13 Is World Kindness Day, Here Are 5 Selfless Ways To Celebrate

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Leah Freeman-Haskin
Leah Freeman-Haskin Nov 3, 2020

It has been a heavy year. Although every day is a good day to spread some love and kindness, November 13th is World Kindness Day, and this year, it’s more important than ever to show some acts of compassion.

World Kindness Day is an international holiday that was formed in 1998, to promote kindness throughout the world and is observed annually on November 13 as part of the World Kindness Movement. 28 nations participate in this unofficial holiday.

If you are looking for a place to start, kindness.org is a great resource for the scientific impact of kindness and ways to spread joy throughout your day. Here are a few other selfless ways to make an impact.

1. Start with Children

Teaching children the importance of kindness through your words and actions is one of the most powerful ways to celebrate this holiday. 1 in 4 children in the U.S. experience bullying at school on a regular basis. Taking a moment to teach compassionate behavior and the impact of language, could change a child’s life.

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2. Random Acts

After months of social distancing, we are realizing the importance of human connection. A simple smile can change someone’s day. Ask someone how they are doing, and really listen to their answer. Purchase groceries or lunch for a stranger or give away unused items in your house that may be useful to someone in need. Committing random acts of kindness will bring a smile to everyone involved.

3. Write a Note

It’s probably been a while since you’ve handwritten a note or sent an email to someone just to say thank you or you love them. With so much weight in the world right now, we could all use a reminder that we are seen and appreciated. There is no telling how far the impact of this simple act of kindness can reach.

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4. Volunteer

Depending on current COVID-19 restrictions in your area, you may be able to get out and volunteer a few hours of your day at a charity. Find something that interests you and see how you can support local efforts. Love gardening? Search for community gardens in your area that need extra hands. Love to cook? Food banks and meal services are always looking for volunteers.