world kindness day

The 13th of November is World Kindness Day and these are 5 ideas of kind things you could do for someone else today. Let’s share the love today!

 

World Kindness Day was born when a collection of humanitarian groups came together on November 13, 1997, and made a “Declaration of Kindness”. People are encouraged to perform acts of kindness on this day. It can be done by donating books, food or clothes to your local community or any other type of kindness.

At Good Things Guy, we always try and share amazing stories of kindness. It all started when our founder Brent Lindeque used his NekNomination and gave a homeless man and sandwich, chocolate, chips and cooldrink. That act of kindness blossomed into the Good Things Guy platform that now shares good news on a daily basis.

“Acts of Kindness: A random act of kindness, no matter how small, can make a tremendous impact on someone else’s life.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

We thought we would share 5 easy idea’s that you can do to brighten someone else’s day. Here is what you can do today:

  • Positive interactions
    Smile, High 5 or even something as simple as complimenting someone’s shoes is a good way to start. It costs you absolutely nothing and can really make someone’s day so much brighter.
    – Smile and wish them a good day
    – High 5 people for doing a good job
    – Compliment a person, it can be about their smile, shoes or a job well done.
    – Open a door for a stranger
    – Help someone carry something
    – Help someone cross a street
  • Pay for something
    An act of kindness can be as simple as paying for someone’s coffee or lunch. If you have the budget, surprise someone by paying for their groceries or petrol. You can buy someone airtime or even leave an encouraging note in your bill along with an extra tip for your waiter(ess).
  • Do an anonymous deed
    If you prefer to remain anonymous there are many ways to make sure someone benefits. You can leave a kind note on someone’s windscreen or if you are sure you won’t get caught, you can wash a neighbours car. You can go donate blood or sign up to be an organ donor, these are considered anonymous because you won’t know who benefits from your donation.
  • Volunteer your free time
    There are thousands of places looking for volunteers on a daily basis. Sign up for a cause you believe in and visit next time you are free. If you are looking for something to do today, call a local old-age home then go sit and chat with someone lonely, take a deck of cards too so you can chat and play a game of cards at the same time.
  • Donate to a local charity
    A donation doesn’t always have to be a financial one. A person can spring clean their home and donate the unused goods. Most places will sell the item in their charity shop if they are unable to use it for the charity. Books, Bric-a-Brak, Furniture and clothing are always a good place to start. Blankets and old carpets are great donations for animal shelters. Food options are always great for orphanages, homeless shelters and animal shelters. A person could even donate a birthday party!

What are some of your favourite ways to share kindness? What will you be doing today for World Kindness Day?

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.” ― Henry James

RAK has ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ cards available for free download. You can visit the website and print your selected card, then do the deed on the card and pass it along to someone else so they too can do the act of kindness.

It is scientifically proven that being kind to someone can be good for your own health! So go out there and smile at someone, pay someone that compliment and just share the love!


Sources: GTG
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Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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