London: World Kindness Day, a global day to promote the importance of being kind to each other, yourself and to the world is celebrated worldwide on November 13. Its purpose is to reinforce that it is compassion that links us all together and has immense power of bridging the gap between nations.
According to the Awareness Days website, World Kindness Day was first commemorated in 1998 by an organisation called The World Kindness Movement, formed at a 1997 Tokyo conference of like-minded kindness organisations from around the world. In the United Kingdom, the Kindness Day UK is organised by Kindness UK, a not for profit organisation.
The kindness movement started gaining acceptance across the globe with each passing year. In 2005, the UK kindness movement began while in 2009 Singapore too joined the initiative. From UK (2010), Australia (2012), France (2015), USA (2018), by 2019 the World Kindness Movement had reached 27 countries.
After its long journey of decades, the World Kindness Movement was finally recognized as an official NGO in Switzerland.
Kindness Day UK was launched on November 13, 2010. Over the years the event has continued to grow in popularity with increasing numbers of individuals, schools, charities, institutions and businesses taking part.
With random acts of kindness, we not only make somebody else’s day, but also add joy and happiness to our own lives.