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world kindness day 2019Kindness Day isn’t just about adopting all the children from your local orphanage – it’s about the little gestures of kindness too. Helping others can restore a sense of humanity, not to mention giving you that warm fuzzy glow inside.

Kindness Day was born when a collection of humanitarian groups came together on November 13, 1997 and made a “Declaration of Kindness”. Likewise, on Kindness Day everyone is encouraged to make a similar declaration. Donating books, food or clothes to your local community is a great way to celebrate. However, pledging to commit just one act of kindness is no less worthwhile: hold the door open for a stranger, compliment your neighbour on their collection of garden gnomes, let your partner have control of the TV remote for the evening.

However you decide to celebrate remember that the best thing about Kindness Day is that it doesn’t cost a thing!

Here are some examples of kind acts you can perform on Kindness Day or for a longer Kindness initiative but the possibilities are infinite:

  • Send a kind text to someone you know. This could be a thank you, well wish, compliment, remembrance of a kind deed or anything kind!
  • Say good morning to everyone on your way into work and good evening on your way home
  • Eat lunch with someone new
  • Clean the communal refrigerator, microwave or oven in your workplace
  • Hold the door open for those behind you
  • Sign up to the organ donor register
  • Give someone a compliment – it can make their day, week or year!
  • Surprise your colleagues with a kind post-it note on their desk
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  • Bring in treats for your colleagues
  • Offer to buy a drink or some food for a homeless person
  • Go through your possessions and donate items you no longer use to charity
  • Make yourself known to anyone elderly or vulnerable in your community so they have somewhere to turn if they need help
  • Become a pen friend to someone less fortunate than you
  • Volunteer at a nursing or care home
  • Take the time to get to know your colleagues
  • Spend time with someone who might be lonely
  • Send a thank you email to a friend or colleague
  • Help an elderly person with their shopping
  • Leave money in a parking metre, ticket or vending machine for the next person
  • When paying for yourself, offer to pay for someone else too (e.g. in a coffee shop or at a train station)
  • Write a letter to a member of the armed services thanking them for their service
  • Join or set up a local community group with a view to getting to know your neighbours and increasing the sense of care and community in the area
  • Write a blog about kindness in society
  • Support charities and good causes on your social media pages
  • Give food coupons to a homeless person
  • Take the time to really listen to someone
  • Give blood
  • Donate coats and blankets to a homeless shelter
  • Share positive posts on your social media pages
  • Pay the road/bridge toll for the vehicle driving behind you News Feed