Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Celebrate World Kindness Day on Nov 13th!

--by, posted Nov 11, 2010

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has." -- Margaret Mead

Join us in celebrating World Kindness Day on Saturday, November 13th by, you guessed it, doing something kind for someone else! :)

Want to do something kind, but just can't think of what to do? You're in luck! We've got loads of ideas on our site, where you can find one that moves you personally.  We've also included some of our favorites here below, which are quick and easy for everyone to do this Saturday in the spirit of joining the global community to promote kindness.

Kindness Ideas

  1. Give a friend your favorite inspirational book with a personal note attached.
  2. Pay for the person behind you in line.
  3. Plant a fruit tree where it will thrive.
  4. Leave flowers on the doorstep of someone you don't know and run!
  5. Write a thank you note to someone who inspired you.
  6. Go to the nearest park or public spce and clean up as much litter as you can.
  7. Create 5 cards with inspiring quotes or messages and leave them in a coffee shop or public place for someone to discover.
  8. Pay for a stranger's meal anonymously.
  9. Share an inspirational story from today's news.
  10. Write a song, poem or a note for a loved one and share it with them.

Share Your Story

The kindness stories you all have shared over the years have inspired so many others to perform acts of kindness.  In the spirit of creating more ripples from your acts of kindness, please do take a moment to share a quick story about your experience and inspire others to do the same!  If you have more kindness ideas you'd like to share, leave a comment on this story so that others can try them out!

"When you are kind to others, it not only changes you, it changes the world." -- Harold Kushner

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lisa wrote: I have lots of visible cheap tattoo supplies on my neck and on my hands. However, those who have buy tattoo ink public skin positive & negative deviance in elite tattooing tips such as faces, hands, and necks, find themselves unable to escape disdain and disregard. Many look forward to the time when tattoo transfer will goout of fashion. It kinda makes me embarrassed to tell people that i¡¯m a tattooer.

Melanie Nelson wrote: One of our facebook fans won a garden hero (plush toy) today on our online contest. She asked us to send it to toys for tots. Don't know if she knew it was world kindness day - but it struck me as so kind.
Sherry wrote: I love celebrations of all kinds and what a wonderful way to claim a day for celebrations of kindness. Thank you, whoever did that and may we remember to be kind to ourselves as we share and create kindness with and for others!
cliff wrote: What about peace day. My thought is to have it replace columbus day.
Kindness World wrote: Its a coincidence that our group is also named as kindness world and our guiding philosophy is almost similar. So, please visit our facebook group and also you can add kindnessworld kathmandu as a friend.

~ sanoj
IMOH OKOP wrote: Kindness should be a thing from the heart. Because u will get to do it per second and it becomes a part of ones life. Express genuine love to all apart from your special someone. All it takes is to do it
tunde wrote: Let forget abaut our unhapineess. By helpig orthers. When you are good to yourself. You are better to orthers. And you are best to the word. I have been looking for a way to help orthers. It will really make my whole life.
Bluebell wrote: Lovely post, i loved the "pay it forward card". Happy kindness say. Love and light, bluebell.
Maria Fernanda wrote: Great idea! I am in! Love and blessings. <3
RandomDude wrote: Ironically, i did two things from the above list. :) i paid toll for 3 people after me and left fresh flowers from the farmer's market on the doorsteps of a stranger. :) much gratitude for to helpothers and helpothers volunteers for recognizing kindness. :)

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