World Kindness Day
How did it start
Formed in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, World Kindness Day is here to “join together to build a kinder and more compassionate world and to highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness which binds us“.
In 2019, the organisation was finally recognised as an official N.G.O under Swiss law- however it is still striving to be officially recognised by the U.N and join with the likes of International Day of Peace, Human Rights Day and World Health Day.
Teaching kindness in school
As parents and educators, it’s up to everyone to help inspire kindness and gentleness within those who are younger than us. Subconsciously, we already achieve this on the day to day through our own activities which they witness; social interactions, friendships, relationships, etc.
Kindness Rock Garden
Big thanks to TeachStarter for creating this very helpful blog talking about how to design your own Kindness Rock Garden in the classroom.
Begin by talking with your class “What it means to be kind” and “How it feels when you’re kind”
Explore with your class and have them collect a handful of smooth stones (if you can’t find any then they can be purchased from most arts and crafts stores or garden center).
Brainstorm with the kids what “kind words” that can be written on the rocks. Then comes the fun part.
For some inspiration:
I understand that many schools don’t actually have lockers, however, this activity can be done literally ANYWHERE-not just in school. They can be posted in a random book in a library, hand them to people you come across (shop workers, etc), even given to a teacher after a lesson 🙂
This downloadable PDF cutout is a perfect classroom activity. Created by nationalothersweek.com.
Acts of kindness go a long way
Acts of kindness are one of the single easiest and most rewarding things that anyone can do for someone else; and yet many people fail to truly understand the impact that simple actions can have on people. Giving someone a smile as you pass them on the street, holding a door for someone, giving someone a text who you haven’t spoken to in a while.
How will you be planning on celebrating World Kindness Day in your community?
Let us know in the comments below 🙂