World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day is celebrated on 13 November. How can we become happier by doing kind things for others? And how can we help the world by doing kind things for ourselves?

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Can you remember a time when somebody was kind to you? Perhaps a person allowed you to go in front of them in a queue. Maybe your sister phoned you to ask how your week was going. Or perhaps a stranger or a friend helped you in a much deeper way. There are a million ways to offer kindness. And at a time when the world seems to have so many problems, some people have started to take the issue of kindness very seriously indeed!

Why be kind?

Few people would disagree with the idea that a kind action is good for the soul. It is a win-win situation, leading to a sense of well-being both for the receiver of this kind gesture, as well as for the person who does the action. As a simple example, let’s imagine you have a workmate who always does a very good job. How about taking a moment to mention this to them, just in conversation or perhaps by email? The effects of this will probably be quite clear: your workmate will be happy to receive some praise and, in addition, you will probably feel good about yourself for having spread a little joy.

What are ‘random acts of kindness’?

Many organisations try to encourage people to do kind acts, wherever and whenever they can. The idea behind this is that it doesn’t take any major plan to be kind, just a little bit of effort. Perhaps the strongest supporters of this idea are the Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Foundation, who work with schools and companies to teach people kindness skills. They operate under the beliefs that kindness can be taught and that it is contagious. Their activities range from suggesting kind acts to allowing their website-users to become ‘RAKtivists’ (people who officially register themselves as activists of kindness).

How can I be kind?

Apart from using your own common sense, the RAK website suggests some more imaginative ways to show kindness. Generally, these fall into three categories. The first is interpersonal kindness. Some examples are donating old clothes to charity or writing a positive online comment about a restaurant that you like. The second is environmental kindness, which could mean simply recycling or organising a group event to clean a local park or beach. The third category is less obvious: personal kindness, which means treating yourself kindly. Some examples are taking a walk in nature or setting yourself an objective to complain less. The logic is that by being kind to yourself, you will automatically be kinder to the world around you.

What is World Kindness Day?

This is an annual celebration which takes place on 13 November each year. The day is marked in many countries, drawing attention to the amazing work of organisations and individuals in local communities. How do people celebrate this day? Well, by being kind … and having lots of fun. One typical event is to use ‘kindness cards’. These are small cards which you hand to somebody when you do a kind act for them – with the message that now it is the other person’s turn to ‘pass on’ the card by doing a kind act for another person.

Most experts on kindness agree that it has a sort of ripple effect. This means that one kind action tends to lead to more and more. So don’t wait for kindness to find you today, go and start a new ripple!


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Submitted by Argonauta on Sat, 13/08/2022 - 23:42


With good people, I will be kind with bad ones I will be a joust

Submitted by jyoti Chaudhary on Sat, 07/05/2022 - 12:42


Can you suggest other ideas for how we can be kind? Do you agree that it is important to treat yourself kindly?
yes, I agree that it is the important to treat everyone for kind. I'm always very kind to animals and people. and everyone how always angry with everyone he wants to become a kind person. you can feel happy if you are kind to everyone.

Submitted by sithutun on Mon, 06/12/2021 - 14:41


Positive mindset will make us to be more kind to the others. In contrast, negative kills kindness. So, it's essential to keep our mind positive as possible as we can.
We must treat ourselves kindly because it can make our souls being peace and loved.

Submitted by maurob75 on Fri, 19/11/2021 - 09:28


My grandmother said: who is kind with animals is kind with people.

Submitted by PARIMALA MADIAZHAKAN on Fri, 19/02/2021 - 13:20

In my opinio suggestion to be kind is learn to listen others. Its because , while we listening others we can understand others feelings. This can help us to be kind with others and don't underestimate others. Yes I agree that it is important to treat yourself kindly.

Submitted by Thinthinmyoe on Thu, 07/01/2021 - 09:21

Yes, I agree this suggestion.Now, during the Covid-19 pandemic, we must be kind olders ,children and poors. It is essential to be kind ourselves by doing good things, thinking good thoughts.

Submitted by Omar nibba on Sat, 26/12/2020 - 07:05

It's is essential to be kind to others especially starting from your relatives and friends people tend to replicate what they observe from the Other people so by being kind to others you will create more bright community and world
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Submitted by danisep on Tue, 15/12/2020 - 14:39

Yes It's very important to treat ourselves with kindness, I think we use to be too hard to ourselves not allow ourselves to fail or chastising our failures. trying to improve us constantly at some point it’s good but sometimes it feels this unnecessary pressure that doesn't help to improve. Eat healthy, sleep well, not compare to others and celebrate littles achievements are ways to be kind to ourselves.

Submitted by cittàutopica on Wed, 25/11/2020 - 12:22

Obviously, I agree about the significance of kindness and its influence on social relations, but I think the World Kindness Day and the others similar actions have to be founded on the basis of nore strong convictions of a ethical or religious nature.

Submitted by Stela Stoycheva on Thu, 05/11/2020 - 13:46

When we try to help of older people for their shop items to collect in the store; now with that Covid19 situation if we try to help of medical staff in the hospital; good words which we tell someone....

Submitted by popo1011 on Sun, 19/07/2020 - 07:15

I think, Buying many things such as clothes, toys, books and so on for children live in the orphanages, smiling when you see people, help to elderly men and women and etc are the ways to be kind of people. Absolutely, I agree.
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Submitted by OlaIELTS on Wed, 03/06/2020 - 19:27

Other ways to be kind include visiting prisons, orphanage homes, widows and so on. Yes. I strongly agree.

Submitted by CISSY on Wed, 13/11/2019 - 13:24

Definitely kindness is contagious, when your kind to yourself and to others those people will be prompted to be kind to others too. Though sometimes people take our acts of kindness for granted and some don't even appreciate. But it's worth helping others and being kind especially those who are vulnerable.
I get your point, CISSY, it's contagious. So people often advise me (who is vulnerable!) to take precautions against unkind people and make good friends. :)
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Tue, 05/11/2019 - 06:41

Hi admins, I think I need a comma in my sentence. Is is right? Please help me by modifying. :) "This is my drawback but I sometimes need to take precautions against people who see me by different standards[,] to make a space where kindness can be appreciated.
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Submitted by Peter M. on Tue, 05/11/2019 - 07:28

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Hi Rafaela1,

Yes, I think the sentence should have a comma there. I'd also add one  before 'but'.

'Drawback' isn't a word we use with regard to people, so something like 'flaw' would be better:

This is my flaw, but I sometimes need to take precautions against people who see me by different standards, to make a space where kindness can be appreciated.



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Hi Peter, I appreciate your help! Kind people like you are the best kind of people! ;)
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Submitted by Rafaela1 on Tue, 05/11/2019 - 06:38

I'm supposed to look like a person who is kind to myself, or easy on myself, but hard on others.... It brings up a valid point, because I can be kind to others and thankfully peopple are normally very kind to me. But to be honest, I don't agree that I'm soft on myself. I tend to see others by my own standard which sometimes makes people feel left behind. This is my drawback but I sometimes need to take precautions against people who see me by different standards to make a space where kindness can be appreciated.

Submitted by parisaach on Sun, 03/11/2019 - 07:31

In my city people generally are not kind to each other. Actually many of them are kind people, but they are always in rush and angry or in their own world. By the way when you need help there are usually people who help you. I think they are kind people, but their behavior is not in a kind way. People should be taught to be kind at school. teachers have important role to teach children how to be kind to each other. When some one talk to us in a bad way we'd better response in a kindly manner it may cause that person be ashamed of his or her behavior. We really need to control our behavior when we talk to each other. Maybe if we talk to some one kindly it would be more effective than the time you talk to a person imperative and roughly. All of the people has some kind of problem, maybe they don't have time to think about other people. I think we should first be kind with ourselves it doesn't mean to be selfish, it means to spend time to be happy. When you are happier you definitely are kinder to other people too.
Totally agree with you.;) As a tourist, I saw many kind people in the UK who were willing to help others. I thought people are well disciplined or that’s what people in wealthy countries can do. In my opinion, money doesn’t ensure a lifelong wealth! :)

Submitted by parisaach on Sun, 03/11/2019 - 07:09

Hello everyone, I have a question about task 1: I couldn't find anything about "Random acts of kindness are often spontaneous." I just find"kindness can be taught and that it is contagious." can you please help me why the answer of this question is true?

Hello parisaach

When we wrote that question, we were thinking of the sentence 'The idea behind this is that it doesn't take any major plan to be kind, just a little bit of effort.' But I can see how that the answer is not very obvious, because that sentence doesn't refer to frequency at all and the question clearly does. Therefore I've changed the question slightly so that it doesn't refer to frequency.

Thanks very much for pointing this out to us!

All the best


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Submitted by iso on Sat, 16/03/2019 - 14:02

I fell kindness for action what people did. My suggestion for kindness is nothing.I don't do any kind of kindness. I think kind is not necessary.because people don't pay attention for kindness.People don't want fell relax and idea .In Japan there are a lot of unnecessary kindness. I don't pay attention.

Submitted by eirini on Fri, 01/02/2019 - 10:56

Definitely we should be kind to ourselves firstly because it is the only way kindness be unaffected. Kindness can be expressed by simple ways like helping our friends or being polite to older people or helping them..Generally be dedicating time to the others.
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Submitted by Nihat on Wed, 30/01/2019 - 12:07

Yes of course we must be kind to everybody ,nature and full of animals from all over the world.

Submitted by Nunu28 on Wed, 16/01/2019 - 09:30

According to the article, there are three different option of kindness. I am going to make suggestion about the third ones, that is personal kindness. Nowdays people have to deal with time. Worker in the capital city have to wake up early and going to the office as early as they could before traffic. Student has more homework than student in 1990s. In order to save time, they usually eat junkfood on the way office or school. I suggest them to eat more healthy food which will nourish their body and mind. And they should make time to exercise. It is important to be kind to ourselves.