How to Celebrate World Kindness Day


Ellie Garzony, News Editor

World Kindness Day is celebrated annually on November 13th. Essentially, participants attempt to make the world a better place by spreading awareness and promoting genuine acts of kindness. This holiday is a wonderful opportunity to deepen your relationships and connect to others in new and exciting ways. Here are 5 ways that you can celebrate World Kindness Day in your local community.

The first thing you can do is to compliment three people you talk to. Try to make these compliments about a person’s character, rather than their appearance. Don’t wait to tell people how and why you care for them. If you have something kind to say, tell that person. 

The second thing that you can do is write a hand-written note to a teacher, friend, or peer. As technology advances, many people will opt to send an encouraging text or email. While these methods can be effective, handwritten letters convey genuine feelings and intentions. You can make someone’s day by putting thought and effort into a few purposeful sentences. 

The third thing that you can do is to smile and say good morning to someone you regularly pass on your way to class/work/etc. Although this act may seem insignificant, a simple interaction can go a long way as you progress throughout the year. Eventually, you may build a deeper mutual connection with this person simply because you acknowledged their presence. 

The fourth thing that you can do is place uplifting notes in library books, on restroom mirrors, on someone’s car, or on their computer screen. These simple notes can significantly impact a person’s day by reminding them that they matter. 

The fifth thing that you do is give someone a “just because” gift. These gifts do not have to be expensive, nor do they have to take up a significant amount of time. Often, nostalgic gifts such as photographs or drawings can have a valuable impact on a person’s day. 

Being kind is free. Treat everyone the way you wanted to be treated on your worst day. You never know what people are going through in their lives.