The Importance of World Kindness


Raffles Place Park in Singapore celebrates World Kindness Day.

Jadyn Hellenbrand, Reporter

Kindness Day, observed on November 13th, holds significance in multiple countries worldwide, including the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and the U.A.E. It was established in 1998, coinciding with the World Kindness Movement, where people pledged to create a kinder and better world. This day celebrates acts of kindness within communities and emphasizes the idea that kindness brings people together. Countries often organize concerts and street dance parties to raise awareness and encourage the practice of empathy.

Though Kindness Day was officially created over 20 years ago, the value of kindness has been recognized as essential for social survival for much longer. Sophomore Addison Woolley believes that kindness should be a part of our daily lives rather than limited to a national holiday. She said, “Doing at least one kind thing can change people’s days because you never know how they feel.” Addison emphasizes that we may not fully understand the emotions of those around us, but a simple act of kindness, like a smile, can brighten someone’s day.

Addison offers suggestions on incorporating kindness into our daily routines, such as giving compliments, holding doors for others, assisting someone with their belongings, or helping a classmate with their homework.

Here are three steps that we can follow to celebrate Kindness Day:

  1. Begin with three random acts of kindness, such as helping with chores, engaging in genuine conversations with others, or donating clothes to charities.
  2. Offer hugs to loved ones when they need it, and even when they don’t, to show care and affection.
  3. Write a personal love letter to yourself. Remember, compassion extends not only to others but also to yourself. Being kind to your mind and body is crucial for maintaining a positive mindset throughout the day and in life.

Even though Kindness Day has passed, it can still inspire us to step out of our comfort zones and engage in acts of kindness for others and ourselves. Kindness is a powerful force that can positively impact the world around us, and incorporating it into our daily lives can foster a more compassionate and connected society.