World Kindness Day is a unique mission adopted by the World Kindness Movement to spread awareness on the importance of kindness in society.
World Kindness Day 2021
World Kindness Day is celebrated on 13th November every year around the globe. Nowadays, kindness is becoming a rare quality in human beings. To bring back positivity and functional traits in human beings towards fellow persons, animals, birds and the environment, Kindness Day is celebrated.
History of World Kindness Day
It all started in the year 1997 when many organizations worldwide, based on the working protocol of kindness, started a new movement to create awareness on the theme of ‘KINDNESS’. This movement took wings in Tokyo in 1997 under the name World Kindness Movement. This movement was supported by many nations, namely India, Italy, Australia, Nairobi, Thailand and many parts of the US and UK.
All these organizations who subscribed to the movement wore common grounds on the theme of ‘kindness’. They did not buy any aspect of political/ religious/ social/regional or linguistic affiliations and instead worked to spread love worldwide. The World Kindness Movement decided to start ‘World Kindness Day’ as part of their concluding aspects of the Tokyo Convention of 1997.
So, officially the World Kindness Day took formal beginning in the year 1998. The year 1998 saw the first-ever grand launch of the World Kindness Day under the aegis of the World Kindness Movement. All members who joined this movement to support the special day collaborated on a common platform of spreading love, compassion and kindness with each other.
The United Nations has not passed any resolution to celebrate World Kindness Day on official terms. It is more of an informal celebration brought together by many working NGOs who understand and emphasize the value of ‘kindness’ in this world. More than 28 member countries have been following the day’s celebrations and making arrangements to celebrate the day every year.
World Kindness Day 2021 Theme
The theme for World Kindness Day 2021 is not decided yet. The year 2020 theme was “The World We Make – Inspire Kindness”. The theme for the 2019 World Kindness Day was “Empathy”. It helped strike the right chords with people across the globe. It banished distinction and differentiation on the grounds of caste, creed, religion or economic status. It gave superior priority to ‘humanity’.
World Kindness Day 2021 Significance
As of today, the World Kindness Movement has been granted deemed status under the Swiss government laws. It has been declared a non-government organization, a situation that is sought after as a privilege by many. It has led many to start similar movements worldwide. In the year 2009, the movement spread to many countries, including India and Italy.
By around 2010, the movement developed a broader audience in the province of the UK. Inspired by World Kindness Day celebrations, Fort Saskatchewan public library published a book-themed on kindness named “Stories of kindness”. Kindness is best advocated when taught by parents to their children from a very young age. Kindness is a form of gesture that is mostly diminishing in today’s scenarios.
We often encounter road rage where motorists and drivers forget lane discipline and implicate false allegations on one another. This kind of blame game ignores the inner peace and ethical behaviour that we ought to portray. Instead, the mind become fuelled to vent anger and forget the entire chunk of kindness within.
People who show less kindness in their behaviour have been scientifically proven to produce more stress hormones in their body. The stress hormone’s generation of cortisol decreases by 23% when people are in reasonable control of their emotions and display sweet gestures of kindness in their attitude.
Kindness also leads people to develop less anxiety, lower frustration levels and loads of patience. This directly improves brain health and balances the blood pressure in the body. A healthy mind always stays in a healthy body. One of the most elegant ways to improve our health and look younger with longevity is to select kindness as our original characters.
World Kindness Day 2021 Celebrations
The hour’s need is to encourage and spread awareness to people, communities, societies and nations to preach and practise kindness. We ought to be kind and take care of our environment too. World Kindness Day celebrations could be conducted with many activities like cleanliness drives, high tea parties of like-minded individuals, pet care activities, volunteering, and doing marathon runs.
Empathy towards the aged population can be extended through particular concern on Kindness Day. Children centric activities at schools and educational institutions are great attractions. Extending a helping hand to the poor and needs by organizing food and cloth drives would shower and fulfil the mission of kindness.