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World Kindness Day is a concept founded in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement who pledge to ‘join together to build a kinder and more compassionate world’.
Whilst the day is not yet officially recognised, the World Kindness Movement are striving to achieve official status from the United Nations, which would make it comparable with the International Day of Peace, Human Rights Day, and World Health Day.
Being kind doesn’t have to involve grand gestures, in fact it is often the smallest and simplest acts of kindness which matter most. For example saying just calling a friend to tell them how much you care.
Did you know that acts of kindness don’t just help us feel good, they can also have powerful effects on our physical health too? Research shows that helping others encourages us to lead a more physically active lifestyle, reduces stress and improves our self esteem – It’s even been noted that people who are constantly kind produce 23% less cortisol, a.k.a. ‘the stress hormone’ and are likely to age slower than the average population.
Click here for further information on the World Kindness Movement.