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Kindness In The Workplace
November 2017

World Kindness Day occurs on November 13; it’s a time to encourage random acts of kindness for friends, family, colleagues, and even strangers. However, showing kindness shouldn’t be limited to a single day. Some common benefits of benevolence, according to the Random Acts of Kindness organization, include increasing energy, happiness, and serotonin levels while lowering stress, anxiety, and blood pressure. While spreading kindness is good, it’s better to find simple ideas on a daily basis.

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Why Is It Nice To Be Nice? Solving Darwin’s Puzzle Of Kindness
November 2017

World Kindness Day is a global 24-hour celebration dedicated to paying-it-forward and focusing on the good. We are encouraged to perform acts of kindness such as giving blood, cleaning a communal microwave at work, or volunteering at a nursing home.

Of course, even without the encouragement of an international awareness day, kindness and selflessness are widespread among both humans and animals. Many people donate to charity and feel significantly happier as a direct result of doing so. In the animal kingdom, many species show kindness by refraining from violence when settling conflicts. Instead they may use comparatively harmless fighting conventions. Typical examples include male fiddler crabs fighting over a burrow but never crushing each other’s bodies with their huge pincers, rattlesnakes wrestling without ever biting each other or Bonobos helping strangers even without being asked.

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Loneliness is harming our society. Your kindness is the best cure.
October 2017

Being lonely isn’t just a feeling. It is proven to be bad for you. Research shows loneliness is equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes a day or being an alcoholic, that it’s as harmful as not exercising and twice as harmful as being obese.

When she went to university, Jo Cox was lonely. And while knocking on doors in Batley and Spen, Jo found herself speaking to people who were lonely, too. Once in parliament she sought out the Conservative MP Seema Kennedy and, together with 13 organisations working on loneliness, they set up a commission. After her murder in June 2016, I pledged to carry on Jo’s legacy and I now co-chair the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness, alongside Seema.

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Lady Gaga Shares Messages About Kindness & Awareness on World Mental Health Day
October 2017

In honor of World Mental Health Day on Tuesday (Oct. 10), Lady Gaga shared a series of messages about kindness and mental health awareness on Instagram. The singer also welcomed fans to join her in a live, but silent, meditation and prayer session earlier in the day.

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After Great Loss, It’s Kindness That Sees Us Through
April 2017

Brendan Cox’s good sense born out of bereavement as he talked about the Westminster attack shows how kindness can work wonders

‘When JK Rowling writes that love is Harry Potter’s secret weapon, she is spot on. A gas-covered rock encircling a nuclear fireball is all we are without it,” declares my friend Pete. “Adam understands the power and breadth of love better than any of us.” It’s that stage of the evening when wine loosens dinner guests’ tongues, and talk turns to house prices, schools or the meaning of life.

We are languishing in the lounge, liberated from charging home after dinner at midnight by understanding babysitters or older children at home, so are able to talk absolute bollocks into the small hours.

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Kindness UK In Partnership With Kettering Hospital
February 2017

Kindness UK in partnership with Kettering Hospital to deliver and celebrate a week of kindness. Kindness initiative is set to reach thousands of patients, staff and associates.

Kettering General Hospital (KGH) is celebrating RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS WEEK - 12th-18th February 2017

  • Be kind to yourself and others
  • Take your break
  • Make or take someone a cuppa
  • Give yourself some quiet time
  • Use #KGHDoesKindness to thank someone
Random Acts Of Kindness Week
Monday 13th Launch by Clare Culpin Acting CEO - Staff Zone 10.50am
(come & give your support)
Wednesday 15th Kindness Checks’ - First of Wellbeing - Staff Zone 11.30am-2.00pm
(wellbeing checks, weight management, smoking cessation and more)
Thursday 16th Baguettes by BaguettAway in Staff Zone 10.00am – 2.00pm
(buy one get on half price)

Meditation Sessions by Nagarjuna Buddhist Centre
(12.30pm, 1pm & 1.30pm each Thursday at the Chapel)
All Week Visit the ‘Wall of Kindness’ in Staff Zone
(write your own / check out others Kindness Acts)

Duchess of Cambridge: Teaching George And Charlotte Kindness And Respect Is As Important As Academic Success
February 2017

The Duchess of Cambridge has said she wants to teach her children the importance of respect, honesty and kindness.

Kate said making Prince George, the future King, and his sister Princess Charlotte aware of the value of these qualities was just as important as academic or sporting success.

The Duchess's comments came as she celebrated pupils with the "K factor", or kindness factor, during a visit to Mitchell Brook Primary in north-west London with her husband the Duke for the launch of Children's Mental Health Week.

The annual event - which this year has the theme Spread A Little Kindness - is an initiative founded by the mental health charity Place2Be, which has Kate as royal patron, and runs counselling sessions at Mitchell Brook in Neasden.

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TWO EXCEPTIONALLY KIND SCHOOLS ACHIEVE KINDNESS UK SCHOOL AWARD
December 2016

Kingsbury Episcopi Primary School in Martock, Somerset

Some of their kind ongoing work included 'a whole day of events including making friendship wands,kindness chocolates,cards and letters,poems,paper chains and kindness vouchers.

Walney School ,Barrow-in-Furness,Cumbria

Some of their kind ongoing work included a democratic vote for Kindness student,Kindness teacher and Kindness support staff.

This is the winning poem from their Kindness poetry competition:

What is Kindness?
Kindness is caring for others,
In whatever act it may be.
For just being there for them
Or helping them see…
That kindness is not just an act,
It’s a sign of faith and hope.
To someone who may have nothing
They now are able to cope…
With all that’s bad in the world,
Kindness helps people be free.
After all, kindness is not just an act
It is a cure for he or she.


By Nancy Richardson, 8L

Kind School Of The Year Award
November 2016

This status has been achieved by Strangford College, Newtownards. Well done to all the staff and students for their amazing kindness work that has had such wide impact and for all their terrific efforts in spreading kindness in the school and community. This really sets a great example to other schools.

The following is how Strangford College went about promoting kindness throughout the school:

Subject Theme
Drama Devising scenes based on the theme of being kind and helping others. To look at staging the acts of kindness
RE Handbags of Hope launched with our RE classes. Form classes will be contributing to a handbag that will be delivered to women who benefit from the Storehouse Food programme at Christmas time.
History Year 8 and 9 students have been discussing what characters in history are known for their kindness and also discussing how some unkind characters could have used their skills and abilities for good rather than for evil.
Geography/Year 11 Form Assembly Year 11 assembly considering the following aspects of kindness:
  • Definition – kindness includes being friendly, generous and considerate
  • Reasons for being kind - scientifically researched by psychologists, eg its positive effect on the brain, releasing endorphins, and evidence of increased longevity
  • Explanation of the purpose of kindness week - to promote kindness in society
  • Famous examples of 19th century philanthropists who were kind – George Cadbury (kind to his employees) and Dr Barnardo (kind to neglected and abandoned children) and their legacies (Bourneville, voted the best place to live in Britain, and Barnardo’s charity, the largest charity for children and young people)
  • Examples of how we can be kind to each other
  • Thought for the week: the kindness of God in giving his Son that we would ‘not perish’ (John ch 3 v 16)
MFL KS3 – Pupils will use a comment bank of compliments in the target language to create a poster about the student who sits next to them in class.
English Acrostic poems on Kindness and kind gestures with Year 9.
HE Baked buns for the yr14 TT bun sale for raising money for charity Sharing with others – 17th Nov HE department are hosting 11 year 9 pupils and their parents to come along and cook together. This is part of encouraging shared interests and spending time with others.
Launch of HE department “Cookery Book” 1st edition. This is a charitable event and all proceeds from the book will be donated to Fostering Network NI. This is sharing with others years of experience in home cooked recipes that are suitable for all age groups and abilities.
Music Year 8 classes discussed the importance of showing respect and kindness during other students performances, to give them the confidence to perform on the keyboard.
ICT Discussing hacking and cyber crime and how could this be reversed if people showed kindness instead of selfishness.
Science Bought chocolate for the department.
T & D Carried out peer assessment with Year 14 and discussed how we could give feedback in a kind and edifying way.
Form Time Form teacher printed each student’s name and learning assistant’s name and the meaning of each of them. These were on the desk when they arrived and they enjoyed reading them.

8GG – Each student had to pick a name out of a “hat” and then carry out an act of kindness during the week to the person that they got. Kindness deeds included buying cupcakes/sweets, carrying schoolbags, giving compliments, sending notes with kind messages.

Jake Wilson made buns for all the teachers.
Students sent positives notes to people.

Every student in year 8 was given a packet of sweets.

8AF – Treated to marsh mallows to go with their hot chocolate.

8RM – showed video on kindness and discussed what it meant to the person giving, and to receiving kindness. We gave examples, and the class vouched to practice this with others this week. They saw the benefit of altruistic giving.

Teaching assistants gave out sweets and pens to their form class.

8JL-Students bought gifts of sweets for each other and teacher. Teacher given a muffin and a bun by different students. Students given an achievement point, laminated poems and chocolates by Form teacher. 8JL students made Form Teacher a poster with photos of them, kind comments and drawings.

9DM students all agreed to thank the bus driver one day, the canteen staff another day, to help out at home another day and to do/say something nice for another me
Other ways to promote kindness across the College
  • Whole school assembly on the theme of kindness.
  • Year group assemblies all had ‘kindness’ as their theme that week.
  • Poster around the school with quotes about kindness.
  • Our kindness activities were highlighted on our College Facebook page each day and a positive quote was displayed.
  • A draw for staff took place on Wednesday morning for a member of staff to have the opportunity to have a half day off school and the Principal will cover her lessons.
  • ‘Have a break, have a Kit-Kat’ morning for all staff instead of briefing. All staff where welcomed to the staff room in the morning or a break time for a ‘Kit-Kat’ and a coffee.
  • Year 9 Parent morning, where we invited parents to come into school and experience lessons with their children. Helping parents build up a rapport with their child and be able to talk to them more confidently about their school day/life.


First Kindness UK Overseas Prestigious Kind School Of The Year Award Issued
November 2016

The award has be issued to Riverside Primary School, Prague, Czech Republic for amazing in-school projects. Kindness UK kindness packs have been sent around the world including Africa, America and Europe but Riverside Prague is the first to attain our highest award.

Riverside School joined a growing number of schools participating in ‘Kindness Week UK’, where they promoted with the children the importance of doing good deeds. It is a further extension of Riverside's increasing PSHE curriculum.

The week began with a Kindness Week assembly, and was followed by poster and card competitions. Student Council ran lunchtime activities and the children were encouraged to participate in ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ within the school community.

Kindness Week culminated in a dress down day on Friday 18th November in conjunction with Anti-Bullying Day, where schools participated in the ‘Wear Blue campaign’ to unite and stand up to bullying.

Without The Power Of Kindness, Our Society Will Fall Apart
November 2016

When we are vulnerable and estranged from each other we can be easily manipulated by demagogues, as can be seen in the US and Europe.

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Coolabi Readies #ClangerforKindness Campaign
October 2016

The campaign has been developed to help kids and parents alike spread kindness through carrying out unselfish acts over its course.

Coolabi is gearing up for the launch of its exclusive #ClangersForKindness campaign, an initiative billed as its biggest creative marketing run for the hit Clangers brand.

The campaign has been developed to help kids and parents alike spread kindness through carrying out unselfish acts over its course.

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Helping Others DOES Make Us Happier
October 2016

We often say we are happy to help but it seems that helping also makes us happy. An Oxford University analysis has found that performing good deeds, such as holding the door open for someone or donating to charity, gives the doer a warm glow.

The effect is small and ‘will not change your life’ but ‘might help nudge it in the right direction’, said researcher Dr Oliver Scott Curry.

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Times Higher Education Article On The Importance Of Kindness
July 2016

Amid the uncertainty and anxiety post-Brexit, we must be brave and reach out to and support each other, writes Rachel Moss.

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Lady Gaga And Dalai Lama Chat About Kindness
June 2016

Lady Gaga will be promoting kindness with the Dalai Lama this weekend. The singer is set to join the revered Tibetan monk at The U.S. Conference of Mayors 84th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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Leen Mill School
June 2016

We received this great message from Leen Mill School regarding their kindness projects:

"Our Head presented us with the kindness certificate in assembly. How proud we are of our wonderful children. Thank you for that. It is now in pride of place in the school reception for all to see. It has been really great promoting kindness. Something as Nurture leaders we truly believe in. It has been great promoting kindness and so happy we are involved with Kindness UK. Keep up the great work."

Culture of Kindness at Leen Mill School
May 2016

Leen Mills School have been undertaking some amazing kindness projects.

Here are some examples:

"We are currently creating a Kindness Garden display board. We are growing sunflowers and tomatoes to share with our families and the school garden. Each child has come up with their own kindness challenge ie reading to younger siblings, helping mum clean the house. It's been fantastic."

What will you do? Orange County Seeking One Billion Acts Of Kindness
May 2016

Pick up trash on the sidewalk. Join a beach clean-up – or volunteer at an animal shelter.

Sometimes, it doesn’t take much to be kind, does it?

On Thursday, the Orange County Department of Education launched a new initiative to encourage one billion acts of kindness.

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The Story Of Bailey's Kindness
April 2016

Charming and informative video relating to Adhd/autism and kindness.



Kins Charter
April 2016

Kindness UK has designed and launched an international kindness charter for businesses, NGO's, associations, partnerships and charities. Kins Charter is aimed at global solidarity of kindness values creating a global kindness community. Kins Charter is issued free to qualifying organisations. Apply here...

The Simple Things, February 2016 - It's Cool to be Kind
February 2016

A very interesting feature on kindness.

The Simple Things


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Kindness UK School Packs
December 2015

News has spread far and wide about the benefits of using Kindness Uk school packs for values and kindness ideas. Many non academic institutions are using the packs as well. In the last couple of weeks alone we have sent packs upon request to:
  • Worthing Scouts
  • New Alliance Academy,New Jersey USA
  • Suffolk Baptist Church
  • Kent Community Health

St. Columbas College Achieves Kindness UK Kind School Of Year For Second Year Running
December 2015

St Columbas College have continued their amazing kindness programme this year in Kindness Week 9th to 13th November and used suggestions from the Kindness UK pack throughout their entire curriculum. Well done to everyone,teachers and students alike. The repercussions spilling out into family,associates and the whole community.

St. Columbas College St. Columbas College St. Columbas College St. Columbas College

Blacklands Primary School Wins Kindness UK Kind School Of The Year Award For Second Consecutive Year
November 2015

This is the first time that Kindness UK has ever given this prestigious award to the same school for two years consecutively.

"The ongoing kindness work at this school is both amazing,inspirational and outstanding,” says David Jamilly Founder of Kindness UK, "and we are delighted to recognise this for the second time as it sets such a great example to others. Well done."

"Dear Kindness UK,

Each year we celebrate World Kindness Day and we were extremely proud to be named ‘Kind School of the Year, Scotland’ 2014. This year we have continued to promote Kindness not just through celebrating World Kindness Day, but through our whole school ethos each day. I wanted to give you an update of some of the activities and events that we have been doing in the past year. I have also attached some photographs of some of these events.

Here are some of the activities we have taken part in.
  • We have promoted kindness through our kindness awards.
  • We have investigated kind news stories from around the world.
  • Primary 7 have a ‘Good Deeds’ board where they record any small good deed.
  • We have had kindness at the core of aspects of our literacy, through writing.
  • We have undertaken a number of fundraising activities for a number of Charities.
  • Collected donations as part of our Harvest Celebration, these were given to the local food bank and the assisted living charity in the local community.
  • Had local community volunteers into visit to talk about helping people in the local community.
  • Primary 7 have led an assembly on Kindness.
  • Promoted anti-bullying week.
  • Supported Dyslexia Awareness week to increase awareness among children in the learning difficulty"


Blacklands Primary School Blacklands Primary School

Kindness UK has developed a native app for IOS devices called ‘Kindness Weekly Quotes’
September 2015

Kindness Weekly Quotes will send new quotes to your device on a regular basis as well as offering a library of beautiful imagery specifically designed for each quote.

Please click here to visit the app store and download ‘Kindness Weekly Quotes’ now.

Are Londoners Horrible? (Kindness Experiment)
July 2015

A recent heart warming kindness experiment shows just how kind people can be.

The video has been described as a “positive advert for things that truly matter”.

The response to the video has been exceptionally positive.



Are Londoners Horrible? (kindness experiment) from Action Productions on Vimeo.

10 Ways a Little Kindness Can Change Your Life
July 2015

A recent article published by Time magazine claims kindness can change your life.

The article lists 10 reasons from kind music to being selfless as ways kindness can impact and change a person’s life.

Please click here to read the full article.

We are still impacting schools across the United Kingdom with our primary and secondary school packs. Harrietsham CofE Primary School is an example of the incredible feedback Kindness UK keeps on receiving.

“There has been approval across the board from all teachers on the quality + relevance of activities in the booklet. As a school we plan a big input on the subject on Wold Kindness Day and then will hopefully be able sustain this momentum!" - Harrietsham CofE Primary School, Kent

To see more endorsements or to find out more about Kindness UK’s school resources please visit our school section.

The University of Sussex is adopting a culture of kindness in conjunction with Kindness UK
June 2015

Jessica Cotney a researcher in the University’s School of Psychology’s Children’s’ Relationships, Emotions and Social Skills (CRESS) lab will be running numerous kindness projects in association with Kindness UK. SussexKindness will begin with a kindness competition on campus in Freshers’ Week in September and the winners will be announced on Kindness Day UK in November.

Please here to find out more about how the University of Sussex are promoting kindness as a way of life.

The Kindness of Strangers: Why Do Human Beings Do Good Things?
June 2015

An article published by the Huffington Post suggests that kindness should be celebrated as one of the most fundamental aspects of human nature.

When an act of kindness takes place it is possible that another person’s motivation is simply an impulsive unselfish desire to alleviate another person's suffering.

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8 Important Reasons For Teaching Kindness In Schools
June 2015

Scientific studies have shown that kindness has a great number of physical and emotional benefits, and that children require a healthy dose of kindness in order to flourish as health, happy, well-rounded individuals.

Patty O’Grady, PhD, is an expert in the area of neuroscience, emotional learning, and positive psychology with special attention to the educational arena believes that “kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. Children and adolescents do not learn kindness by only thinking about it and talking about it. Kindness is best learned by feeling it so that they can reproduce it. Kindness is an emotion that students feel and empathy is a strength that they share.”

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Why A Corporate Culture of 'Kindness' Is Great For Your Brand
April 2015

Adopting a corporate culture of kindness can make work easier and can create more opportunities.

"Research suggests if you have a culture of kindness at your company you have employees who walk around with less baggage, freeing them up to focus on their jobs."

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Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust encouraging Kindness UK packs in local training and neighbouring schools
April 2015

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust has been inventively using Kindness UK’s school packs to devise training methods surrounding primary relationships and sex education.

The department of Health and Wellbeing Practitioner Specialist for Children and Young People have been corresponding with secondary schools around the Kent area making reference to the resources and then linking it to the PSHE Association Programme of Study.

Evolution made humans compassionate and kind before intelligent
February 2015

Evolution led early humans to develop compassion and kindness before intelligence, a scientist has said. Penny Spikins, from York University, has said normally we think of human evolution as being driven by intelligence – but this is not the case. Speaking to the Sunday Times, she said three groups of early human show behaviours relating to kindness and compassion, and that these behaviours developed long before early man started to show signs of intelligence and speech, which started as late as 150,000 years ago.

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Husband and father of four runs seven marathons on 7 continents in 7 days to raise £160K for MS charity.
February 2015

Devoted Ted Jackson has run 7 marathons in 7 days and travelled around the world which took more than 45 hours to complete. He has raised more than £160,000 for a small charity Overcoming Multiple Sclerosis (OMS) which helps suffers with day to day challenges that the condition brings as his wife and childhood sweetheart has been diagnosed with the disease. He wants to help her and raise awareness for the condition.

To read more about Ted’s story click here.

Ted Jackson

Over £300,000 has been raised in 4 days for Alan Barnes, victim to a mugging.
February 2015

Katie Cutler set up a fundraising page for Alan Barnes after hearing of his mugging and subsequent injuries. She decided to raise money for Alan to help him towards his recovery and support for the future with a £500 target, this has been rapidly surpassed. This story is inspiring and heart-warming and an excellent example of how a negative can be turned into a wonderful positive. The donations and kind words from over 22,000 strangers around the world demonstrates great human kindness and compassion as donations continue to be made including offerings of furniture and services from carpet fitters, plumbers, electricians!

Click here to donate.
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Alan Barnes

Winter Kindness – Student repays homeless man’s kindness by raising over £30,000
January 2015

A homeless man offered to pay for a taxi for a student who didn’t have money on her, in order that she would get home safely. She didn’t take this man’s money but was so touched by his act of kindness that she tracked him down and set up a fundraising page to collect enough money for this man to put down a deposit on a flat. Donations have flooded in and have exceeded the fundraising goal of £30,000.

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365 Acts Of Kindness
January 2015

British man spreads kindness with a year of good deeds in 2014 and tops the year off by handing out £5 notes to strangers on the street totalling £365 of his own money. Luke Cameron has shared all of his kind acts on his blog thegooddeeddiary.com. Some of his good deeds include giving clothes to charity, making cookies and cakes for his colleagues, giving hot food to the homeless, doing his father’s ironing, and helping an elderly lady cross the street.

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Kindness UK award St Columba’s College, Co. Down (N. Ireland) with Kind School of the Year Award
December 2014

The abundance of kindness demonstrated at St Columba’s is exemplary and they have been awarded with Kindness UK’s most prestigious award; Kind School of the Year. Teachers have incorporated kindness into their lessons using the resources and activities in Kindness UK’s school booklet ‘Kindness Pack for Secondary Schools; Promoting, Sharing and Uniting Kindness’. The kindness demonstrated at St Columba’s is exemplary. Projects included a Kindness Week to celebrate kindness on a large scale and embraced the subject of kindness in every classroom. Activities included; visit to local residential home, ‘save the earth race’, short story competition kindness song survey, fair-trade projects, creating endangered species pamphlets, kindness in faith & culture, compliment chain, ‘Power down day’, shortbread gift bags for friends & family, selling cakes for charity, kindness translations, making t-shirts, graffiti & street-art, sustainability project, kindness posters and many more! Pupils and staff responded with real enthusiasm, enjoyment and commitment throughout a week packed with events. Kindness permeates the school walls and out into the local community. We highly commend the way the whole school has embraced the value of kindness; it is an inspiration to others.

Free chocolates given out for Kindness Day UK!
November 2014

Kindness UK volunteers handed out 10,000 chocolate bars to volunteers at three London stations on 13th November 2014. The chocolate bars had cards attached which encouraged recipients to ‘spread the kindness’ by doing a kind act of their own. Volunteers, including Kindness UK founder David Jamilly, stood outside Willesden Green, Cricklewood and Kilburn stations throughout the morning from 7:30am and gave out free treats to commuters and passers which created a lot of smiles and got peoples day off on a happy footing. Many people shared their experiences on social media (check out facebook, instagram and twitter #KindnessDayUK). Kindness was spread far and wide and the kind ripples were felt across the UK and rest of the world.

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Free chocolates given out for Kindness Day UK!
Free chocolates given out for Kindness Day UK!

Edward Francis Community Primary School, Essex, celebrates Kindness Day UK with school resources.
November 2014

“We used many of the activities. Children in Year 5 wrote fantastic poems. Years 3 & 4 wrote their compliment to a friend and designed a bookmark. For Kindness Day UK, we had posters and balloons up around the school. Each class had an activity and a copy of all the resources. We held an assembly at the end of the day which every class could share and talk about what they had learnt. The children enjoyed singing along to ‘Heal the World’ and ‘You’ve got a friend in me’. I brought in cakes to ‘thank’ staff for their support. The PE co. organised a football tournament between the year groups. Thank you for the activities and resources.”

Edward Francis Community Primary School, Essex, celebrates Kindness Day UK with school resources.
Edward Francis Community Primary School, Essex, celebrates Kindness Day UK with school resources.

National Kindness Day UK: How Can Being Kinder To People Help With Loneliness?
November 2014

The Kindness UK team talk to the Huffington Post about the art of being kind and how it can change our lives, even the small acts can make a big difference.

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Nice one: being kind makes you happier, healthier and more attractive?
November 2014

Doing acts of kindness will make you happy.

“Research tells us that having a strong sense of meaning and giving to others is the best way to find happiness. Being kind lowers our stress levels, which means loess cortisol running through our system, lower blood pressure, better sleep and stronger immune systems.”

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Lottery Winner Wishes To Keep A Small Fraction Of Her Millions And Vows To Give The Majority Of The Money To Charitable Causes
August 2014

Margaret Loughrey won £26 million in the EuroMillions jackpot in December 2013. Margaret was living on benefits at the time of her win but expressed her desires to use the money to help others. Since receiving her winnings she has already given half of the money to people in need. She wishes to benefit those who live in her hometown.

Margaret said, "I know what it's like to have nothing. That's why I'm giving it away – I can't miss what I never had. I spent half of my adult life unemployed and the other half on the minimum wage so I know only too well how hard things can be. As soon as I won the money I said it would go for the good of the town.”

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Army Of Unknown Strangers Rush To Mum’s Aid
August 2014

Shelly Ruck got stuck in a 30-mile traffic jam with her 8 month old son. She only had one bottle of baby formula left for her son and started to worry. But as a crowd gathered around to see what was going on, she told others about her situation. A group of kind strangers travelled to a local shop and returned with supplies for her baby and refused to accept any money for the cost of the items.

Shelly said, “It was the kindest thing that anyone could have done. It was absolutely unbelievable. Those people really saved us. My baby would not only have gone hungry but would have been very distressed if it were not for the amazing thoughtfulness and kindness of these people because it was 30 degrees and so hot. I had only one bottle of baby formula left and started to get very worried then these people I had never met came to my rescue. It has restored my faith in human nature. It was just astonishing. They saved us. My baby would have been hungry and distressed if it were not for their amazing thoughtfulness and kindness. Their reaction was amazing. I don't know who they were and I don't know the exact location of the bridge but thank God they were there to help. I want to give them a massive thank you because what they did was unimaginable.”

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Army Of Unknown Strangers Rush To Mum’s Aid


Powerful: George Saunders 'Kindness' Commencement Speech at at Syracuse University, 2013, goes viral.
July 2014

Author discusses regrets on not acting kind when it would have made a difference in his life.



Westhoughton High School celebrated a Kindness Week with an abundance of kind activities in school and their local community
July 2014

“Our lessons have been based on a theme of Kindness - thanks to your materials - and we have had lots going on! We have had wellie walks and wellie wanging for Give Hunger the Boot and we have been raising money with lots of activities like smoothie making etc However, the best bit was the random acts of kindness by our school council Kindness Army when we went into town giving away sweets and flowers and washing cars for free!

The reaction around school has been fabulous and so has our community reaction. We have also raised lots of money for charity but, as a school we have been immensely enriched. I have included some of the highlights below and my ode to kindness for our final assembly alongside our totals raised.

Thank you so much for the support of Kindness UK - I can see this will be an annual event!”

Kindness: The Secret to Success!
July 2014

Josephine Fairley discusses how kindness is a sign of strength in the workplace.

We would like to think that our Kindness Packs had an influence on the Primary School's Kindness Prize, as mentioned in this article.

It is wonderful that so many schools across the UK have taken on kindness initiatives to incorporate kindness into teaching.

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Man rewards kind acts with $100 as he travels across the US
July 2014

Tommy Lukrich wishes to ‘Pay Forward’ the kindness that he has received in the past by walking from Seattle to Portland and giving away $100 notes to people he comes across who demonstrate kindness.

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Man rewards kind acts with $100 as he travels across the US


English as a Foreign Language college enjoy Kindness UK’s resources
July 2014

Hilderstone College, an adult EFL (English as a foreign language) college inventively used Kindness UK’s school packs to devise a lesson centred around language and culture.

“I had an EFL group of young adults – European and Asian. They were good intermediate level – B2 on the Common European Framework.

I put the word ‘kindness’ on the board and elicited a definition.

I then elicited some synonyms from the group.

In groups, they were given a mix of the words from the Word Associations: Page 32. They had to look in a dictionary for any words they didn’t understand and then try to understand the situations in which the word would be used. E.g. Hospitality: being kind to a visitor. Selflessness: being kind with time (their definition of the word). Etc

We then imagined examples of when and how we would use the word plus the families and collocations the words come from (mercy/merciful/mercifulness/ unmerciful/ (to) show mercy etc. Eg. “Thank you for your hospitality”, “He was magnanimous in defeat”

Their homework is to find examples of these words in newspapers and magazines in the next 2-3 days.

The students got involved with the words and the lesson produced useful vocabulary. It was also a perfect opportunity for cross-cultural awareness discussions. It was an enjoyable class.”

A father’s kindness and love, shared by thousands
June 2014

A photo of James Geier and his son has been shared by thousands. James hiked 3 miles with Jonah attached to him in a specially built carrier to the Delicate Arch in Utah. James went above and beyond to ensure that his son, who has cerebral palsy and is a quadriplegic, was able to see and enjoy the beautiful sights with him and the rest of the family.

Click here to read the full story.

A father’s kindness and love, shared by thousands


The power of kindness
June 2014



Donations rush in for Stephen Sutton as the UK is touched by his kindness and raising over £2.4 million for charity
May 2014

Stephen Sutton has been battling cancer since the age of 15. On January 13th 2013, shortly after finding out his disease was incurable, Stephen made a Facebook page called “Stephen’s Story”. On the page he outlined a bucket list of 46 things he wanted to achieve in the near future. Number 1 on Stephen’s bucket list, and by far the most important to him, was to raise £10,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust- a charity that has supported Stephen hugely these past couple of years in his own cancer battle. Since creating the page Stephen’s following has grown exponentially and he has inspired thousands of others with his positivity and passion for life. He has achieved more than most would in a lifetime; resulting in him winning countless awards in recognition of his inspirational work, most notably he has raised over £2.43 million for his chosen charity in just over one year. Please click here to read more about Stephen’s story.

Stephen's Story


Secondary School Kindness Packs Receive A Fantastic Response
March 2014

Kindness UK have started to distribute their new Kindness Packs to secondary schools nationwide. The response has been extremely positive already. Westhoughton High School is an example of the incredible feedback Kindness UK is receiving.

Thank you so much for your kindness pack - it really gave us a lift! We have had a look on the website too and found some great ideas. We are meeting our student council this morning with the intention of discussing a 'Kindness Week' - this will be held on the last week of term. The intention is for each year group to raise money for their own year charity on one set day with their own activities. The students will also engage in some fundraising with Sainsbury's at our local store with proceeds going to the 'Hand on Heart' charity: in this way each year group will have their own Kindness Day during Kindness Week. With regard to the resources pack, we intend to ask our staff to run one lesson each day, based on the theme of kindness so any additional packs or other ideas would be welcome. We’re also thinking about taking the student council out into town to do some random acts of kindness (armed with daffodils, sweets and sponges to wash car windows!). Many thanks for the pack and the website information. All the very best with Kindness UK!” Westhoughton High School, Lancashire

To see more endorsements or to find out more about Kindness UK’s school resources please visit our school section.

Paralysed CrossFit Trainer Touched By The Kindness Of Strangers
March 2014

A CrossFit trainer, who was paralysed from the waist down after an accident, is overwhelmed by the kindness of strangers as over $373,000 floods in from strangers all over the world donating towards the cost of his growing medical expenses. To read the full article please click here.

Paralysed CrossFit Trainer Touched By The Kindness Of Strangers


Animals Show Kindness To Each Other
February 2014

Scientists have found that elephants console one another by trumpeting sympathetic noises and use their trunks to give physical caresses – like an elephant hug!

"The nonhuman road to kindness appears to be reaching new lengths" says Joshua Plotnik, Behavioural ecologist at Mahidol University in Thailand. To read the article please click here

Animals Show Kindness To Each Other


Kindness Is Contagious
February 2014

Watch this short video clip made by David Gaz about the contagious quality of kindness. Kindness is a ‘good virus’ that is spreading and will change the world for the better.



Heart Warming Kindness Goes Viral
February 2014

A dustbin lorry driver shows kindness to an autistic boy. The 5 year old boy, who loves to wait outside his house and watch as the dustbin truck drives by, was given a toy version of the truck by the driver and this made his day.

Heart Warming Kindness Goes Viral

To read the article please click here

New Kindness UK Academic Paper Comissioned For 2014
February 2014

Kindness UK has commissioned a new academic paper which is to investigate how kindness effects well-being in society. This is being researched and written by Dr Andrew Curtis and will be published mid-2014.


Kind man donates his time and money to give strangers cash to buy coffee
December 2013


In 30 minutes he gave away £36. He was met with a mixed response and some confusion as he sat on the pavement with a cardboard sign saying “I have a job. I have a home. I have a car. I have good health. Would you like a couple of pounds for a coffee?”, looking much like a beggar. His unusual approach to random kindness and generosity is refreshing, creative and inspiring. To read the article please click here.

Kind Man buys strangers coffee


Cocktonhill Infants School, County Durham
November 2013


I would just like to show you how proud we are of our certificate for Kindness. Our school council takes great pride in showing this on our notice board. We enjoy coming up with different ideas to encourage Kindness within our school and enjoy using your booklet.
Cocktonhill Infants School


Macduff Primary School, Aberdeenshire engage random acts of kindness and demonstrate that the rewards are endless.
November 2013


For the past 8 months we have been running a “Random Acts of Kindness” scheme in our school. Children are actively encouraged to look out for opportunities to actively show kindness by the words they speak and the actions they carry out. The change in the ethos of the school has been amazing. Parents have even commented that their children’s behaviour has improved at home. I can honestly say that kindness counts for much in our school.

Good News Magazine 21/11/2013
November 2013


David Jamilly talks to Good News Magazine, Sweden about kindness and Kindness UK. Please contact us for an English translation of the article.

Click to view article

Oxley Park Academy, Milton Keynes, embraces kindness.
November 2013


Our plan is for all classes to create a kindness poster using the activities in the booklet and then collate them all to create one BIG display. A kind school certificate would be a fantastic component to the display. I have attached some examples of our work so far. One poster is from one of our Year 1 classes and the photograph of post-its is from a current Year 4 class. I hope to gage a difference in the understanding of kindness and what it means to each year group. We will certainly keep you updated regularly on our Kindness work.

Oxley Park Academy Notes

Kindness Day 2013
November 2013

Many wonderful kind acts happened on Kindness Day 2013. Josh Warwick from the Telegraph wrote this fantastic article about kindness and Kindness Day UK 13/11/2013.
To read the full article click here.

Positive, inspiring and exemplary acts of kindness at Anstey First School, Hertfordshire.
November 2013

We had a great time using the kindness pack. We took the theme of KINDNESS as our PSHE focus for the last 6 weeks of term. We dipped into the suggested activities and developed Activity 8. We decorated pot plants and planted each pot with 2 plants and added a message card/decoration. We then delivered the pot plants to elderly people in the village. The response was lovely. We continue with our theme of kindness and last week we looked at what we need to do to persevere. Some great ideas were generated and I hope they all have a new mantra...keep trying and don’t give up. Thank you, Miss Nixon and Class 3/4 (7 children).
Anstey First School

Anstey First School Letter


Daily Express 1st November 2013 kindness articles about good deed statistics for Britain.
November 2013

Good Deeds begin at home

Brits are good at good deeds


Can Kindness Movements make a kinder society?
November 2013

Can kindness make a difference to the problems in our society? Do organisations encouraging acts of kindness make a difference?
To read the full article click here.

Kind Banner Spotted On Cricklewood Broadway
October 2013

Kind banner was spotted on Cricklewood Broadway, London 18/10/2013. This guerrilla marketing is an example of how to make people think about kindness on an everyday basis.

Be Kind To People - Cricklewood Broadway

A Letter From Witton Church Walk CE Primary School, Cheshire
October 2013

This is a letter to Kindness UK from Witton Church Walk CE Primary School, Cheshire. It is a superb example of kindness in practice. The work they have done is inspirational and demonstrates how everyday kind acts can make a big difference to community and society.

"We have recently received your kindness pack for schools. We will certainly be using all your useful ideas. We encourage the children to try to make a difference to those less fortunate than themselves. Each class chose a way to help charity organisations and the local community. Just a few of the class projects involved; helping to clean up at the local dogs trust, going to all the local charity shops to say thank you to the staff and to let them know that they make a real difference and planting flowers at the local residential home. Some children went out with their parents to find homeless people to give them food, drinks and blankets. The whole school donated non perishable food to the local community food bank. The list is long and the children often come into school with a new idea to help those in need and together we will try to make a difference."

Random Act Of Kindness Gives Hope For Future
September 2013

This is a story demonstrating how the kindness of a stranger can really make an impact. Without the help of a kind stranger, this man would have received a penalty for being a little short when it came to paying his train fare.

To read the full article click here.

Harrow Hero Demonstrates Incredible Community Kindness By Dedicating His Days To Up Keeping His Local Community
September 2013

Read this inspirational story about a man called Eugene Callinan. Eugene has volunteered his services and money to looking after his local recreation ground for more than ten years. His kindness is overwhelming; he spends his time picking up litter, tending to neglected allotments, welcoming visitors and treating the park as an extension of his own garden.

To read the full article click here.

Eugene Callinan

Round-Britain cyclists in awe of people’s kindness
August 2013

Read about how 2 charity cyclists found themselves "totally dependent on the kindness of strangers and continually amazed at people's generosity."

To read the full article click here.

Kindness Pack

Maryland Primary School grasps kindness with both hands
May 2013

We have been hearing from hundreds of primary schools across the UK about how they are using our free kindness pack. Maryland Primary School has been creating fantastic displays and activities to promote kindness.

We want to thank Maryland Primary School for sending through these images and for promoting kindness in education.

Kindness Pack

Kindness Pack

Kindness Pack

Kindness Pack

Kindness Pack

Kindness Pack

Kindness Pack

Kindness Pack

Two British teachers travel the world to promote education to help the 61 million children without access to school
April 2013

Powered by a tiny tuk-tuk, Nick Gough and Rich Sears, are travelling around the world to promote education in underdeveloped regions including Africa, Asia and the Americas.

They are aiming to raise awareness of grassroots projects in parts of the world where there is poor access to education.

To read the full article click here.

Please click here for more information about Tuk Tuk Travels.

Psychology of Kindness
By Lisa Franchi
February 2013

Among the most popular dimensions of positive psychology is the science of kindness. For decades, scientists have studied different structures in the brain and how they contribute to the formation of emotions and feelings. Thanks to the introduction of fMRI scan machines, looking at the activities in the deepest parts of the brain has become incredibly possible.

Research suggests that kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. It is not something people learn by simply knowing what it is; listening to others, reading books, and watching TV shows that explain what it is. To be able to produce kindness, one has to feel it. Perhaps, this is the reason why majority of adults who experienced childhood abuse or trauma are more likely to engage in violent behaviours whereas those who were raised in a happy environment tend to have more satisfying life in adulthood. Through positive psychology, people began to understand what it takes to be happy. Decades of research tell us that empathy, compassion and gratefulness are among the important components of kindness. When we are thankful of what we have, know what it feels to be in the situation of others, and have deep sense of love and care to others, we exhibit kindness. In return of our kindness, we experience happiness.

Showing acts of kindness gives people the following benefits:
  • Higher sense of self-worth and well-being
  • More positive social interactions
  • A less stressful life
  • Relief from feeling distressed about others’ misfortunes
  • A better view of the world (a caring, loving and happy place)
Positive psychology never teaches us to forget the problematic things that happen around us – the illnesses, neurotic disorders, behavioural lapses, and so on. Instead, it gives us a more beautiful picture of what life is, and what it takes to live a good life and avoid the onset of these mental problems. Through positive psychology, we gain understanding of what it takes to be happy and why showing kindness is critical in living the life we want.

To see the full article click here.

Popularity and Kindness
January 2013

Researchers at the University of California have found kindness to impact popularity in children and ultimately reduce the levels of bullying. Read about the study and how kindness can impact the dynamics of a classroom here.

St Peter's CE Primary School Promote Kindness
December 2012

St Peter's CE Primary School in London have taken on the spirit of kindness. They are using our Kindness Tree to post kind messages to others in their school. They have also created their own Kindness Book to document kind deeds and thoughts. Well done to them for promoting kindness!

Kindness Book

Kindness Tree

Joy of Giving Week Video
October 2012

Our lovely friends at Kindness Unlimited Mumbai shared this fantastic video with us for the Joy of Giving Week. Another great opportunity to spread the kindness!

Photos from the 7th General Assembly of the World Kindness Movement – Hosted by Kindness UK
September 2012

World Kindness Movement
World Kindness Movement

Kindness UK To Host 7th General Assembly of the World Kindness Movement.
September 2012

Kindness UK are hosting the 7th General Assembly of the World Kindness Movement on the 18th-20th September 2012. Kindness movements from the following countries are confirmed: Australia, Dubai, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Singapore, UK, USA, China, Spain. The event strives to help make the world a kinder place.

Uniting the World with Kindness
August 2012

Kindness UK are hosting the 7th General Assembly of the World Kindness Movement which brings together Kindness Movements from all over the globe. The event which takes place on the 18th-20th September is to be opened by the Worshipful Mayor of the London Borough of Brent and will include a talk by world expert on Oxytocin (the ‘happy hormone’), Dr David R Hamilton.

Kindness in the Community Paper Commissioned By Kindness UK
June 2012

Doctor Andrew Curtis is producing a paper commissioned by Kindness UK on the subject of 'Kindness in the Community'. The paper will be published on the Kindness UK website in the coming weeks.

Doctor David Hamilton to talk at World Kindness Assembly
June 2012

Doctor David Hamilton to talk at World Kindness Assembly on Wednesday 19th September 2012. Limited amount of free tickets available on application to interested parties. The seventh general assembly of The World Kindness Movement is being hosted by Kindness UK at their Headquarters in Cricklewood London and at least 10 nations are expected to attend including Australia, Singapore, Korea, Japan, America, Italy and Nepal. Please contact us for more details.

Bhutan
June 2012

Kindness Uk recently visited the only country in the World where GNH (Gross National Happiness)as opposed to GDP (Gross Domestic Product) is measured and was privileged to be able to help facilitate books and musical instruments for schools in the remote regions of Sakten and Tashigang.

Nepal Earth Society and Kindness UK Link
May 2012

Kindness UK are delighted to have recently met with fellow members of the World Kindness Movement the Nepal Earth Society at their base in Kathmandu. The kindness colleagues discussed their kindness initiatives and shared ideas to promote a kinder world.

United Nations to Implement Happiness on the Agenda
March 2012

As from Monday 2nd April 2012 Resolution 65/309 will be implemented in the United Nations placing “happiness” on the global agenda.

This new resolution will enable the Kingdom of Bhutan to call a meeting on happiness at the 66th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York next week and also to advance toward their goal of 40 years – establishing Gross National Happiness (G.N.H.) as an alternate model to Gross National Product (G.N.P).

King Jigme Khesar Namgyel of the Kingdom of Bhutan commented “There cannot be enduing peace, prosperity, equality and brotherhood in this world if our aims are so separate and divergent, if we do not accept that in the end we are people, all alike, sharing the earth among ourselves and also with other sentient beings, all of whom have an equal role and stake in the state of this planet and its players.”

Kindness UK to hold next World Kindness Movement General Assembly
February 2012

Kindness UK are delighted to announce that they will be hosting the next prestigious bi-annual General Assembly for the World Kindness Movement at their offices in September 2012. Kindness UK will be welcoming kindness associates and friends from all over the world to develop strategy and strengthen the global kindness movement.

Bournemouth Foster Parents win a car in Nissan CARED4 Competition
February 2012

Andrew and Ann Jones, who have fostered hundreds of children and helped their local community in Bournemouth over the last 30 years, have been awarded a Nissan Qashqai for their kindness. Selected from hundreds of applications by the Nissan Qashqai team and Kindness UK’s David Jamilly, the couple intend to use their prize to continue supporting their local community and carrying out acts of kindness. To read the full article click here for the Bournemouth Echo.

Life Vest Inside
January 2012

Our amazing friends and kindness associates Life Vest Inside have produced this inspirational video Life Vest Inside – Kindness Boomerang – One Day about the power of kindness. Based in New York Life Vest Inside believes that by living kindly and believing in the inherent good of each individual, change is possible. To find out more visit www.lifevestinside.com

Kindness at Christmas
December 2011

Kindness UK thinks that every day should be kindness day, especially during the festive period when the weather is cold and many people in our communities are vulnerable and isolated. Our new Kindness at Christmas page has some great ideas of how to give the best gift of all at Christmas – kindness. Take a look here.

Schools Pick Up The Kindness Baton
December 2011

Kindness Tree

Kindness UK have been providing Kindness Trees to primary schools to increase awareness of kindness and kind acts within our younger generation. The Kindness Trees (pictured from Gladstone Park Primary School, London) are filled with drawings and ideas of kind acts and definitions of kindness and have proved a huge hit!

Art on the Underground Celebrate Compassion, Generosity and Kindness in 'Acts of Kindness' Campaign
November 2011

Art on the Underground and artist Michael Landy are celebrating everyday generosity, kindness and compassion on the Tube in the new campaign to be seen all over London. Acts of Kindness is a celebration of compassion and generosity, inviting us to notice acts of kindness however simple and small. The artist explains, ‘Sometimes we tend to assume that you have to be superhuman to be kind, rather than just an ordinary person.’ So, to unsettle that idea, Acts of Kindness catches those little exchanges that are almost too fleeting and mundane to be noticed or remembered. To submit your story visit http://art.tfl.gov.uk/actsofkindness/about/

David Jamilly Asked to Help Judge Kindness Competition
November 2011

Kindness UK founder David Jamilly has been asked to come on board the panel of judges for a new kindness initiative by Nissan. The CARED4 competition is asking people to write in nominating caring and kind people in your community who deserve to win a CARED 4 Nissan Qashqai.

School of Life Teach Kindness
November 2011

The School of Life, who run programmes and services which explore questions of fulfilment and how to lead a better life are putting on a month of classes, events and activities relating to kindness and compassion throughout November. To find out more please visit theschooloflife.com

Art on the Underground choose Acts of Kindness
November 2011

Art on the Underground and artist Michael Landy are celebrating everyday generosity, kindness and compassion on the Tube in the new campaign to be seen all over London. Acts of Kindness is a celebration of compassion and generosity, inviting us to notice acts of kindness however simple and small. The artist explains, ‘Sometimes we tend to assume that you have to be superhuman to be kind, rather than just an ordinary person.’ So, to unsettle that idea, Acts of Kindness catches those little exchanges that are almost too fleeting and mundane to be noticed or remembered. To submit your story visit http://art.tfl.gov.uk/actsofkindness/about/

Textwave for Kindness - 13th November 2011
October 2011

Kindness UK will be asking the nation to send at least one 'kindness' text on World Kindness Day, to acknowledge the importance of kindness.
A few examples of what you could text are:

- A text thanking someone kind in your life
- Sending your favourite quotation about kindness
- Texting about an 'act of kindness' you have seen performed

Keep your eye our for more details

Kindness UK Officially Launch First Nationwide Kindness Survey
October 2011

Kindness UK will officially launch their Kindness Survey on World Kindness Day, 13th of November. The survey will look into current trends and perceptions of kindness in the UK and the results will be gathered and analysed and brought to you here at Kindness UK.
To take part, just click here.