I searched and searched for something else to report for November 13 because I loathe sentimentalism. But I found out that World Kindness Day and the World Kindness Movement is much older and larger than I thought. It is a coalition of more than 20 kindness organizations in almost as many countries.
The date November 13 was chosen as the opening day of the World Kindness Movement conference in Tokyo in 1996, which was celebrating an even older organization. The Small Kindness Movement of Japan was begun in 1963 by the president of Tokyo University, Dr. Seiji Kaya. Their motto was “Let’s practice whatever kindness we can offer, so that it will become the habit of our society.”
The 1996 conference was led by Dr. Wataru Mori, a Tokyo physician, who envisioned that a more compassionate and peaceful world could be achieved if a critical mass of acts of kindness was ignited. The movement was officially launched in Singapore in November 2000 at the Third WKM Conference.
This is the Cosmos Bipinnatus, official flower of the World Kindness Movement. contributed by Hugo.arg and licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.