World Kindness Day is an annual celebration on November 13 of the importance of being kind to each other, to yourself and to the world around you. This holiday first began with the creation of the World Kindness Movement in 1997 in Tokyo, Japan. Several organizations from around the world came together to inspire a movement of selfless, compassionate actions to transform society through the power of kindness.
There are many quotes to be found about kindness, some from famous individuals and others that have remained unattributed to any one person, such as “The world is full of kind people. If you can’t find one, be one.”
Another powerful quote is from the Greek storyteller Aesop: “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” When considering how you can participate in World Kindness Day, it’s important to know that no act of kindness is ever too small. Kindness can be offering a stranger a compliment or calling a friend and telling them that you care about them. The Inspire Kindness organization lists some simple ways that you can be kind in your everyday life. Here are some easy ways you can spread kindness in your life and in your community:
- Pay It Forward
The next time you’re standing in line at the coffee shop, or maybe waiting at the deli counter or sitting in the drive-thru, consider paying for someone else’s order behind you. It’s a simple gesture, but it can inspire a chain reaction of strangers continuing to pay it forward.
- Help the Environment
This might seem like a daunting task, but even small acts of kindness towards our environment can make a huge difference in the future. Consider picking up some litter you see on the ground. You can also look around your house and see what you can recycle or donate to those in need.
The Yonkers Public Library is accepting donations of cell phones for recycling. Cell phones, chargers, earbuds and even broken phones are accepted in donation boxes located at the circulation desks of each YPL branch. The Friends of Crestwood Library are also running a recycling program for used sneakers in good condition. Donations can be delivered to the circulation desk at the Crestwood branch.
You can also visit westchester.gov to find out about other local organizations that are accepting a variety of donations.
- Donate your Time
Volunteering your time and helping others is a great way to spread kindness and help others directly. Volunteer New York is a great place to start to find out how you can get involved volunteering in your local community.
If you or someone you know has a knack for knitting or crochet, you can also donate some time and some yarn for the Precubs of Love program at the Crestwood Library. A patron is collecting granny squares and blanket donations for premature babies at local hospitals.
If you want to learn more about how kindness can transform the world or start a conversation about kindness with a young reader in your life, check out some of these books from your local branch!
Alison Robles is a part-time clerk at the Crestwood Library. She is an avid reader with a passion for fantasy, history and science fiction. A Yonkers native, she graduated from Iona University in 2020 with a dual-degree in Marketing and Public Relations.