Kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Every November 13th, people around the world celebrate World Kindness Day—an international observance that was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement. Every small interaction is an opportunity to have a positive impact on someone else’s life, so why not do something kind?
Our days are usually full of to-do lists and priorities. Whether we notice it or not, kindness sometimes gets pushed to the side. Don’t let that be the case! We encourage you to pledge to commit just one act of kindness today and every day after. Small gestures of kindness are just as important as large acts and don’t require much time, money, or effort. To help you get started, we listed ten different gestures that can easily make someone’s day below.
Let someone you love know how much you appreciate them.
Find opportunities to give compliments.
Donate food or clothing to your local community.
Hold the door open for a stranger.
Do a favor without asking for anything in return.
Leave a generous tip while eating out.
Smile at someone, just because.
Give someone a book you think they’d like.
Pay for the person behind you in the drive-through or at a coffee shop.
Buy your co-worker a cup of coffee.
These are only a handful of things you can do to spread kindness throughout your day. As we celebrate World Kindness Day, we invite you to determine where you can make kindness the norm in your daily life. Remember, kindness starts with one and impacts many.