Stories of Kindness from Around the World

Celebrate World Kindness Week!

--by arathi, posted Nov 11, 2012
"This is my simple religion.  There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy.  Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness." -- Dalai Lama 

Dear HO family, 

Please join us in celebrating World Kindness Week this year from Nov. 13 - Nov 20th! This year, for World Kindness Week, we are asking the Help Others community to join us in participating in our Kindness Challenge - doing one random act of kindness every day this week!  

If you are looking around for ideas, you don't have to look too far!  We have tons of kindness ideas on our site that might help.  We are also including some of our favorite kindness ideas below for you to share with your friends in celebration of World Kindness Week!  Enjoy the Kindness Challenge and thank you for helping to spread the ripples of kindness and inspiration to the farthest corners of the Universe. 

Kindness Ideas:

1.  Write notes of inspiration and kindness on small pieces of paper and stick them in random books in the library for someone to find. 
2.  Leave thank you cards and notes of encouragement in your neighbors' mailboxes
3.  Offer to wash your friend's car, babysit their kids, or take their dog for a walk 
4.  Cook dinner for a friend or family and drop it off at their house
5.  Hold the door open for your coworkers 
6.  Give a note of appreciation to your friends at school, coworkers, or your family 
7.  Leave flowers on the doorstep of someone you don't know and run! 
8.  Give a random person an inspirational book with a note in it
9.  Anonymously pay for someone's meal at a restaurant
10.  Go to the nearest park or public place and clear up as much trash as you can 

Remember to 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!


"Kindness is the language that the deaf can hear and the blind can see" -- Mark Twain 

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Trikle Trade wrote: Nice!

I really appreciate your work. Thanks to share the kindness ideas.
TrikleTrade wrote: Nice kindness ideas!
jsmc10 wrote: Yay :)
heartwarmer wrote: Count me in! I agree that kindness is a language all beings understand.
tiggerzzz wrote: I'm in with kindness. Count me in on this. It will be awesome to see just how far we can take kindness into the world around us. A touch of a hand, a smile on a face, a simple hello, and the nod of a head can turn somebody's day around. So i'm in it for the long haul. Let's turn those frowns upside down. :)
MakeSomeoneSmile wrote: I think this is a fabulous idea! I'm in for sure and already planning what i will do for those 7 days! :)
Betterthanever wrote: I have 25 years worth of confusion and sadness behind me. I have made a commitment to myself and the rest of humanity, that i will take the empathy and compassion (i literally have earned) and put all my tenacity and perceptions towards helping others not get "stuck" in the same hallway i was in. Its been a long hard road. I hope i can pay it forward to my kids, friends, family and or another human(s). I see no other way to validate the past as anything other than preparation to help. I am learning to love myself again and found this site. Thank you for allowing me to share and stay connected (in some small way) to a world i have been hiding from for many years.
Kristin Pedemonti wrote: It is those small acts that make a huge impact. I free hug all over the world including right at my own house: today i shared the short story: making the mailman smile which was a progression of sharing smiles, hellos and eventually a free hug. He's transformed from a grouchy guy to someone who smiles and waves every time we see each other! Such a small act, big impact. Hug your mailman (or postal worker) or someone else who might need it. 4 hugs a day to maintain sanity. <3 :)
heartwarmer wrote: I'm in! I think we have all realized that are so many small ways to spread love and kindness that make big smiles for everyone!

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