Talk Like William Shakespeare Day… National Lumpy Rug Day… Wikipedia Day… There’s something for just about everything in our calendars these days. However, just like Peter Crouch in a hobbits’ five-a-side league, some awareness days stand tall above the rest. World Kindness Day is very much one of those days.
So, what is World Kindness Day? When does it take place? And most importantly, why the heck is a plastic free milkround talking about it?
What is World Kindness Day?
World Kindness Day is a global, annual celebration that raises awareness of positivity, generosity, warmth, and overall goodness. It is an observation that encourages, promotes and celebrates decent deeds and togetherness. We know right, what’s not to love!?
Created in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, World Kindness Day is celebrated all over the world, from Sydney to Sidcup, Milan to Malaysia. In the UK, it’s fronted by the lovely folks at Kindness UK.
When is World Kindness Day?
Just like Santa and a rain-less Bank Holiday, World Kindness Day comes around but once a year, falling annually on the 13th November.
Why is World Kindness Day important?
World Kindness Day is celebrated just one day a year (which seems crazy, given eggs have an entire awareness month), but that doesn’t mean the remaining 364 days are World Meanness Day.
Kindness spreads like juicy gossip after a work night out, and this day is observed and celebrated not just to encourage acts of goodwill, but to shed light and reflect on their importance across the world.
How to celebrate World Kindness Day
Up there with caffeine and top-notch memes, kindness makes the world go round, bridging gaps of division and loneliness with the gusto of a sugar-fueled toddler in a seemingly endless ball pit. And it doesn’t have to come in huge gestures. It could be as simple as telling your workmate you like his tie, giving up your seat on a crowded bus, or putting an end to microwaved mackerel Mondays in the office.
Kindness comes in all shapes and sizes; one of the many things it has in common with your attempts to portion rice. But what should you do on World Kindness Day, we hear you ask? The same thing we do every day, try to make the world a better place.
Ten ways to be kinder to yourself and the planet
You can’t have World Kindness Day without the World, and creating a better future for humankind is one of the nicest things you can do. Think about it, it’s in the name.
Trying a little tenderness with the planet can also do you the world of good. Fancy scientific research has the evidence, with studies suggesting “sustainable actions lead to positive emotions”. Many people have even reported feeling a ‘warm glow’ after embracing a greener lifestyle.
Looking after the planet doesn’t have to be a hefty, time-consuming job, either. In fact, greenness can be short and sweet, just like Baby Yoda. Here are ten simple ways you can be kinder to yourself, the planet and your local community…
- 1.Get stuck in
“Environmentally-friendly behavior has led people to see themselves in a more general positive light,” according to scientific studies. So, whether you’re learning more about recycling, tackling food waste, or making your own compost bin, you can rest assured you’ll do it with a smile on your face!
- 2. Sharing’s caring
Protecting the planet we call home is a mission we can all buy into. And one of the best things we can do to create a brighter, greener future is to share the tips, tricks and cheat codes we learn along the way.
This doesn’t mean preaching or shouting from the rooftops. It could simply mean sending your mate that tasty, waste-free BBQ recipe. Or talking about your compost bin at the pub every now and then. Or you know, referring someone to that incredible, eco-friendly milkround you’ve just signed up for… Hint. Hint.
- 3. You are what you eat
According to nutritionists, food can be a real mood-booster, with fruit and veg high on the happiness scale. Eating fresh, healthy grub can give you the antioxidants and vitamins you need to crack on with your day, and trying out one of our waste-free recipes could really broaden your culinary horizons.
- 4. Focus on the positives
It’s easy to get bogged down in the doom and gloom of news headlines. But there are bucketloads of positive things happening around the world to fight climate change. Keep an eye on our sustainability blog to keep up to date!
- 5. Talk about how you feel
Sometimes, we need a shoulder to cry on. Other times, we need a hand to high five. Either way, talking about how you feel is perfectly healthy.
Three in five people say climate change concerns affect their mental health (RCPsych). Check out our blog to learn how to not only cope with eco-anxiety, but use it as a motivator to continue your amazing waste-fighting habits.
- 6. Learn something new
Challenging yourself and learning something new is a proven pathway to happiness. And the good news is that there are SO many fresh skills and untapped wisdom to be gained that can help the planet, from teaching your kids about food waste to making your home more sustainable.
- 7. Treat yo’self
Reducing waste and helping the environment is already rewarding work, but who doesn’t love a sweet treat every now and then?
After a tough day, there really is nothing better than settling in for a cosy evening in front of the telly. Especially if you add a tasty brownie or rocky road to the equation. Go on, you deserve it.
- 8. Spread the love
Hold a door open to someone. Thank your bus driver. Compliment your colleague on their swanky new shoes. Reach out to that mate who’s gone quiet on the group chat. Offer to mow your elderly neighbour’s lawn.
Being kind is sensationally simple, but it makes the world of difference.
- 9. Concentrate on what you can do, not what you can’t
Nobody expects you to be Superman or Wonder Woman. Looking after yourself is just as important as looking after the environment. If you burn yourself out doing too much all at once, you’re much less able to help cool the planet!
- 10. Remember, you can’t do it all
Saving the planet’s a team effort – just ask the Avengers. Reducing your carbon footprint can be done in many small steps, rather than one exhaustively giant leap.
Even if you make one small, simple positive change per week, by the end of the year, you’re 52 times greener than you were on January 1st!
Dive into our sustainability guides for some lean, green inspo: