how to celebrate world kindness week

How to Celebrate World Kindness Week

What started as World Kindness Day has spawned an entire week celebrating the inspiring individuals and institutions that promote kindness.

Thanks to the World Kindness Movement, World Kindness Week is a call to action for businesses, organizations, and individuals to support initiatives that cultivate kindness and curate meaningful human connections.

People worldwide perform and celebrate random acts of kindness during World Kindness Week. You can too!

To promote greater kindness, we’ve prepared some ideas and good deeds to help you get involved.

volunteer holding a globe in his hands

When Is World Kindness Week?

World Kindness Day occurs annually on November 13. World Kindness Week is the week surrounding World Kindness Day and occurs the second week of November. This year, it’s November 13-19, 2023.

Best Ways to Celebrate Kindness Week

Let’s look at the best ways to celebrate this epic week!

1. Research the World Kindness Movement and World Kindness Day

The World Kindness Movement started with World Kindness Day. The history of World Kindness Day and its mission help you understand the importance of kindness. Learning how the movement formed and what it represents is also fascinating. It’s an excellent way to get inspired to be kind in everyday life.

The World Kindness Movement has an ambassador program open to anyone interested in getting more involved. Becoming an Ambassador of Kindness solidifies your commitment to promoting acts of kindness and positivity.

2. Perform Random Acts of Kindness

Make World Kindness Week your acts of kindness week, where you dedicate yourself to performing a random act of kindness every day. Look for opportunities to do small things that will put a smile on someone’s face.

person handing another person a mug of coffee

Here are some ways to be kind:

  • Give out compliments freely
  • Buy someone a cup of coffee
  • Give away small trinkets or treats
  • Offer to help an elderly neighbor with a chore
  • Volunteer at a local charity
  • Donate to cause you care about
  • Give money or food to a homeless person
  • Leave an inspirational note in a public place
  • Write a positive review for a local business

3. Host a Kindness Gathering

Organize a kindness gathering with a group of family and friends. Use your collective resources to spread kindness and make the community a better place.

By working together, you’ll be able to transform a small act of kindness into something much bigger that benefits more people at once.

volunteers picking up trash along the shoreline

Here are some kindness ideas for your gathering:

  • Clean up a local park or beach
  • Help build or repair a home with Habitat for Humanity
  • Hold a fundraiser for a charitable cause
  • Sponsor a meal (cook, clean, and serve) at a local soup kitchen
  • Host a food and clothing drive for people experiencing homelessness, a food and supplies drive for the local animal shelter, or a books and school supplies drive for a local school
  • Make cards to send to nursing home residents or sick kids in hospitals
  • Plant trees in your community

4. Spread Kindness on Social Media

Social media can be a powerful tool for promoting kindness and inspiring others to do good deeds. Help shape the narrative of humanity and use your platform to lift up others by sharing positive stories, quotes about kindness, or photos capturing and celebrating random acts of kindness.

smiling woman looking up

Let your followers know you’re participating in World Kindness Week, and encourage them to join you and talk about it. Imagine how many good deeds can be done when many people commit themselves to practicing random acts of kindness!

5. Be Kind to Yourself

Kindness involves more than just helping others. You also need to be kind to yourself. If you’re struggling in your life or feeling down, cut yourself some slack.

Take at least one day during the week to focus on your own mental health and happiness. Join a yoga class, read your favorite book, or take a relaxing bath. Pamper yourself a little bit! You deserve to be happy, and taking care of yourself is an act of kindness.

6. Participate in Other Kindness Initiatives

Extend World Kindness Week by participating in other kindness initiatives throughout the year.

The Great Kindness Challenge

The Great Kindness Challenge occurs every January and promotes anti-bullying in schools. If you have students, encourage their schools to participate. In many ways, the Great Kindness Challenge is the school edition of World Kindness Day.

National Random Acts of Kindness Day

National Random Acts of Kindness Day occurs every February 17. It’s an excellent opportunity to get more involved in charitable causes or practice random acts of kindness throughout the day.

Pay It Forward Day

Every April, Pay it Forward Day encourages people to help others. Instead of returning a favor, ask the person you help to pass it on and pay it forward. This is a great way to spread the spirit of kindness and create a ripple effect that inspires others to do the same.

These are just a few of the many kindness initiatives out there. Participating in any or all of these is a great way to show your commitment to making the world a better place.

Kindness is contagious, so it’s possible your kindness will create positive change and inspire others to do the same!

two women hugging

Final Thoughts

World Kindness Week is the perfect opportunity to celebrate acts of kindness and to promote a kinder world. There are lots of great ways to get involved and spread kindness. Whether volunteering, donating to a charitable cause, organizing a kindness gathering, or just doing small random acts of kindness, you can make a difference and help create a better world.

Remember, it’s the little things that count! Anything you can do to make someone else’s day a bit brighter is worth doing.

Acts of kindness are one of the elements of happiness. They make others feel good and also boost your own mood and well-being. Kindness is a win-win situation for everyone involved!

If you enjoyed this article, we recommend the Do Happy App. The app encourages you to invite kindness and happiness into your daily life. It’s a great tool for keeping the spirit of World Kindness Week alive all year long!

For more kindness inspiration, check out these a little dose of happy resources: