A Celebration of Kindness

Story by Ryan Leuteritz

When watching the news or scrolling through Twitter, it’s easy to see the world as a dark and hopeless place. Oftentimes it appears the world has forgotten one of the most important elements of human decency: kindness. On November 13th, however, we celebrate the virtue of kindness through World Kindness Day.

World Kindness Day was started on November 13th 1998 by the World Kindness Movement at a conference in Tokyo that gathered like-minded kindness organizations from all over the world. Their mission was to inspire individuals towards greater kindness by connecting nations to create a kinder world.

Many inviduals celebrate kindness day, from average citizens, to non-profit organizations, and even multi-billion dollar companies.

Average citizens usually celebrate the day by helping their fellow man. On this day every year, social media is peppered with random acts of kindness including strangers buying each other’s groceries, helping older pedestrians across the street and volunteering at shelters and giveaways.

Long Beach-based airline company, JetBlue, is also observing World Kindness Day through their JetBlue For Good Grant Contest. This month JetBlue is holding a poll in which customers were encouraged to vote on their favorite nonprofit. The top three charities will receive a $25,000 grant from JetBlue, with winners to be announced on World Kindness Day.

Kindness day is not only celebrated in the US but all over the world. In the United Kingdom, KindnessUK has celebrated World Kindness Day by handing out 10,000 chocolate bars in London Train Stations. World Kindness Australia once conducted a massive Kindness Hug event on Bondi Beach.  The Singapore Kindness Movement handed out 30,000 floral bouquets on World Kindness Day as well.

This day is aimed at reminding the world that kindness should be a social norm. It easy to go about your life without thinking about kindness, but hopefully this day promotes more kindness every year in our society.

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