World Kindness Day is celebrated on November 13, in an effort to make the world a better place by celebrating and promoting good deeds and pledging acts of kindness. It was first introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a coalition of nations' kindness NGOs.
Currently, there are over 28 nations involved in the World Kindness Movement, however, it is not affiliated with any religion or political movement. Efforts are being made to convince the United Nations to officially recognise World Kindness Day and to unanimously sign a Declaration of Support for World Kindness.
Various organisations and public figures took to Twitter to pledge support for World Kindness Day. Actor-turned-entrepreneur Preity Zinta said kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give.
The United Nations Children's Fund, a UN agency, shared survey findings saying 69 per cent of young people responded in affirmative when they were asked if they ever felt afraid of violence in or around their school.
Have you ever felt afraid of violence in or around your school? This is what we asked young people. We received 1m+ responses, 69% said “yes”.— UNICEF (@UNICEF) November 13, 2019
Being kind is one way students want to #ENDviolence. On #WorldKindnessDay, take a screenshot 👇 & share it with someone. #BTSLoveMyself pic.twitter.com/EdwiCrLUmc
UN Women, an entity for gender equality and women’s empowerment, quoted Botswana's 1st woman High Court judge and asked to treat everyone with the kindness and respect they deserve.
Treat everyone with the kindness and respect they deserve.#WednesdayWisdom for #WorldKindnessDay from Unity Dow, Botswana's 1st woman High Court judge and a woman who has helped change history. pic.twitter.com/zfeTNpk5rU— UN Women (@UN_Women) November 13, 2019
Mental Health Foundation of the United Kingdom said helping others is beneficial for our own mental health and wellbeing. “It can help reduce stress, improve your emotional wellbeing and even benefit your physical health,” it said.
🎁You may recognise the expression - it is better to give than receive, but did you know that this is backed up by research?— Mental Health Fdn (@mentalhealth) November 13, 2019
💚There is a strong relationship between the well-being, happiness & longevity of those who are compassionate: https://t.co/HPKyRLEtJT #WorldKindnessDay pic.twitter.com/8g0f806u2V
Australian television personality and conservationist Bindi Irwin posted a photograph hugging a tree on World Kindness Day.