Today, November 13, is the international observance of World Kindness Day. Its purpose is to highlight good deeds in the community focusing on the effects of kindness and positivity. It also provides an opportunity for your child to learn about kindness and how to express it.
Random Acts of Kindness You Can Do
The Random Acts of Kindness blog shared seven ways to embody kindness in one’s daily life:
- Send an uplifting text to a friend or family member.
- Let a commuter merge into traffic with a wave and a smile.
- Include intentional moments of kindness, laughter, and delight in your daily routine.
- Go slightly outside of our comfort zone at least once a day to make someone smile.
- Share a compliment with a co-worker or friend.
- Reach out to a family member you haven’t spoken to in a while.
- Treat someone to a cup of coffee (a friend, stranger, or even yourself).
Celebrate With Others
The legacy of Fred Rogers from Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood lives on, especially on World Kindness Day. He was known for teaching his young audience to embody kindness. Rogers used to say, “There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.”
On November 13, Pittsburgh public broadcasting station is inviting everyone to wear a cardigan and stop by their studio in honor of Rogers and to celebrate World Kindness Day. From 8 am to 2 pm, they will give warm drinks, host kindness activities, and show Wayne Brezinka’s mixed-media portrait Mister Rogers: Just the Way You Are.
Getting into the act was Pittsburg-based UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital, which dressed up newborns in Rogers’ signature cardigan and “shoes,” posting on Instagram: “It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood today at UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital! We’re welcoming Pittsburgh’s newest neighbors in style for #CardiganDay!”
If you aren’t in the Pittsburgh area, but near LA, Chicago, or NYC, you celebrate World Kindness Day with Netflix’s Klaus. The new animated feature film about the legend of Santa Claus and Big Brother Big Sisters of America (BBBS) are teaming up to bring holiday cheer early. In the spirit of Klaus and a title character saying, “A simple act of kindness can always spark another,” Netflix and BBBS will bring the presents to LA, NYC and Chicago from 10 am to 6 pm. Where to join the celebrating:
- Los Angeles: The Grove, 189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036
- New York City: Times Square Old Navy, 1516 Broadway, New York, NY 10036
- Chicago: Pioneer Court, 401 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60611