World Kindness Day 2020: 25 ways to be kind today

World Kindness Day 2020

The world definitely needs this right now.

Today is World Kindness Day. (It's also Friday the 13th, but let's not talk about that)

Psychologist Lisa Damour says the bottom line: doing good is good for you. She points to research that shows helping others causes the brain to release hormones and protein-like molecules that lower stress and anxiety levels.

Here are the top 25:

Be kind to yourself

  1. Start with yourself
  2. Get Moving
  3. Drink more water
  4. Drink less (alcohol)
  5. Go to sleep earlier

Make kindness a family value

  1. Treat your sweetheart
  2. Schedule teatime
  3. Host a family dance party
  4. Phone a relative
  5. Heritage recipe hunt
  6. Talk to your children about race

Be kind in our community

  1. Bake for a neighbor
  2. Communicate your gratitude
  3. Grocery shop for someone who needs it
  4. Hand out snack bags
  5. Support a local restaurant
  6. Vote and register people to vote

Be kind to our planet

  1. Take a hike
  2. Buy food from famers
  3. Volunteer in a litter clean-up
  4. Turn off your lights
  5. Reduce, reuse, recycle, and compost


  1. Social Distance
  2. Dress for the season and play outside
  3. Wear a mask