World Kindness Day 2019: History, Celebrations and Facts
World Kindness Day is celebrated in several countries like the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, and U.A.E etc. This day provides us an opportunity to act kindly with others and no doubt kindness is an important unifying human principle. The act of kindness brings people together and creates a sort of positive vibes in the surrounding.
World Kindness Day: History
In the mid 1990s, the Small Kindness Movement conducted a conference to invite participants from all over the world to come and share their stories related to the kindness movements that they have started in their own countries. The conference was successful and another was held in 1997. These conferences boosted the World Kindness Movement. And finally, in 1998 World Kindness Day was established by the World Kindness Movement. In 1997, at the Tokyo conference, Japan brought kindness organisations of various nations together and emphasised the necessity of a global kindness movement. In 2000 November, The World Kindness Movement was also launched in Singapore. Several countries in the world celebrate World Kindness Day on 13 November and are a part of the World Kindness Movement group.
What is the aim of celebrating World Kindness Day?
The aim of celebrating World Kindness Day is to highlight and encourage people, society, and the community to do good things and be kind to everyone. Also, this day provides a reminder that kindness quality has the power to be together and create a kinder world where all people can work together. No doubt it is not easy to comprehend but even a small act can make a difference. This day also inspires us to believe that one act of kindness can make a global change among us, in society and the community.
What is kindness?
It is a quality that is defined as being friendly, generous and considerate. Words related to kindness are affection, warmth, gentleness, concern, care, etc. Being kind requires courage and strength. It is an interpersonal skill. Kindness is a willingness to celebrate other’s success and help a person when he or she is in need.
What are the attributes of a kind person?
- Good listening skills
- Engage in perspective-taking
Therefore, World Kindness Day is observed on 13 November to promote the act of Kindness and to highlight the importance of being kind.