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How to be a Kindness Ninja World Kindness Day Vidya Sury

Today is World Kindness Day

My spiritual idol, The Dalai Lama, says:

“When we feel love and kindness towards others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace”.

Very wise words.

And my Grandmother, who always encouraged the attitude of kindness without expecting something in return, would wholeheartedly agree. The best way to make kindness a habit is by pledging to be a Kindness Ninja.

Who is a Kindness Ninja?

You cannot see the Ninja. But you can see or feel the kindness the ninja brings to the world.

You will not see a kindness ninja showing off, because her goal is to make others happy without expecting anything in return.

Kindness ninjas believe in the power of kindness to spread happiness. This unifies the world, cultivating positive leadership, and human connection.

Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see ~ Mark Twain

So, how to be a kindness ninja?

Register for the Kindness challenge.

As a practising Kindness Ninja, here are my suggestions. I am sure you can add a few hundred more!

  1. Smile at someone at the supermarket
  2. Leave an encouraging message on the windshield of a random car
  3. Bring coloring books and crayons to children hospital
  4. Spend time with people at your local home for the elderly
  5. Compliment the first person you see today
  6. Share your cab with someone for free
  7. Teach someone something
  8. Donate your skills & talents to people who need it
  9. Write a nice note on the back of the bill
  10. Help someone with their heavy bagsWorld Kindness Day Vidya Sury
  11. Comfort someone in distress, if only by holding hands or with an hug
  12. Visit a local hospice and spend some time, listening, chatting
  13. Tell a street performer how amazing he or she is
  14. Post inspiring post-its for strangers to find around the city
  15. Write an inspiring message with chalk on a sidewalk
  16. Make a helpful introduction
  17. Smile and wave from your bus window to someone riding to the opposite direction
  18. Stand at a public place and hand out short encouraging notes.
  19. Give up your seat to someone in the public transport
  20. Leave an inspirational note in a library book
  21. Hold up a sign saying ‘You are perfect’ on the side of the road
  22. Donate books you have read to a library
  23. Leave flowers on someone’s doorstep
  24. Put a kind note into a random mailbox
  25. Let someone go in front of you at the checkout line
  26. Give high-fives to people going opposite direction on escalator
  27. Make a video to cheer someone up
  28. Offer to take a picture for tourists
  29. Pick up trash around the park, beach or your block
  30. Offer your friend / neighbor to pet walkWorld Kindness Day Vidya Sury
  31. Invite your neighbor over for a meal
  32. Read a book to someone
  33. Make kindness stones and leave them at a park
  34. Help an elderly person or someone in need to cross the street
  35. Write a hand written note of appreciation to someone you care about
  36. Ask an elderly person to tell their life story
  37. Offer a couple of hours of free babysitting to parents
  38. Bring a treat to a retirement house
  39. Make someone laugh
  40. Eat lunch with someone new
  41. Apologize to someone you have wronged
  42. Compliment someone to their boss
  43. Forgive someone and never bring the issue up again
  44. Sign up to volunteer at a non-profit
  45. Send a message to someone just to wish good morning or good night
  46. Donate your unused clothes
  47. Send a post card to a long lost friend
  48. Give away balloons to kids you meet on the street
  49. Say ‘thank you’ to a bus driver
  50. Do a favor to your busiest friendWorld Kindness Day Vidya Sury
  51. Call a homeless shelter, ask what they need and bring it
  52. Write to partner/best friend a list of what you love about them
  53. Plant a flower in a public area
  54. Thank your father / uncle for something he has tought you
  55. Send a greetings cards to lonely people at the retirement / nursing home / sick children’s hospital
  56. Call your parents or family and say you love them
  57. Send a compliment to a person you don’t really get along with
  58. Tell your mother / aunt what you appreciate her for
  59. Leave a positive review about your favorite place
  60. Give a small gift to someone, just because
  61. Put up a “Take a smile!” tear-off poster
  62. Allow someone to help you
  63. Donate pet food to a local animal shelter
  64. Invite someone who is alone over for dinner
  65. Write a reference for someone even if they are not looking for a job now
  66. Call an elder relative and let them know you wanted to hear their voice
  67. Buy someone a coffee
  68. Thank a policeman or fireman for the work they do to keep all of us safe
  69. Give someone a gratitude journal to collect their happy moments in
  70. Pause, to help someone with something, even if you’re in a rushWorld Kindness Day Vidya Sury
  71. Gift life. Pledge your organs/eyes
  72. Send a message to someone saying you’re thinking about them
  73. Tell someone you are proud of them
  74. Give a flower to a stranger
  75. Leave a treat at a neighbor’s doorstep anonymously
  76. Call a person you haven’t spoken to for a while
  77. Write a thank you letter to someone who made a difference in your life
  78. Stop to have a conversation with a homeless person
  79. Make a thank you sign for trash collectors and leave it on your trash bins
  80. Send a letter / postcard to someone who needs support now
  81. Donate a toy or table game to an orphanage
  82. Set out seeds for the birds
  83. Help a friend to pursue their passion / hobby / what they are good at
  84. Tape signs to bathroom mirrors that say – “You are beautiful!”
  85. Help a mother with her baby stroller
  86. Bring coffee to someone studying in the library
  87. Leave a bouquet at the hospital – the nurses know who needs it the most
  88. Write someone a silly yet encouraging poem
  89. Thank the people close to you for simply being who they are
  90. Send a message to a friend sharing your favorite memory of themWorld Kindness Day Vidya Sury
  91. Email or visit an old teacher or mentor, and thank them for all they did for you
  92. Donate blood
  93. Help someone to make their wish come true
  94. Bring flowers to the maternity hospital to congratulate new parents
  95. Do an act of kindness to yourself
  96. Listen to the stranger’s story about their happiest moment in life
  97. Kiss your Mom’s hand, or the hand of someone you love
  98. Spread the word about the cause you believe in
  99. Create your own act of kindness and perform it
  100. Challenge your friends to take this kindness challenge

Cool, eh?

My religion is very simple – my religion is kindness ~ The Dalai Lama

Are you ready to be a Kindness Ninja?

World Kindness Day Vidya Sury

 

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28 Comments

  • Reply
    Shailaja Vishwanath
    November 13, 2016 at 10:52 pm

    All lovely ideas, Vidya 🙂 I’d add ‘Express your kindness to your online friends’ to this list as well 🙂 Since so many of our interactions happen in the digital world, there is so much we have to be thankful for. Always grateful for the kindness that blogging has brought my way.

    Happy World Kindness Day to you as well. Hope you had a lovely day, Kindness Ninja. Such a cute term!
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      Vidya Sury
      November 13, 2016 at 11:04 pm

      Well said. Thank you, Shailaja. Stay blessed! Yes, “Kindness Ninja” is cute and I enjoy being one.
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      • Reply
        Christine Duval
        November 15, 2016 at 11:31 am

        I wish we lived close to each other.

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          Vidya Sury
          November 15, 2016 at 11:42 am

          Dearest Christine, Thanks to the internet, we can: would you like to connect via email, or chat? ❤️
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          • Christine Duval
            November 17, 2016 at 6:41 am

            Yes email. I also have my work email:. cduval@flytucson.com. I’m also on face book. Christine Duval. Tucson Az

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    Sandra Pawula
    November 14, 2016 at 12:02 am

    So many fun ideas here, Vidya. It’s amazing how being kind to others, lifts our own spirits too. This is just what the world needs right now.
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    Elle Sommer
    November 14, 2016 at 3:00 am

    It’s really not hard to be kind Vidya…and I love the simple ideas you share to remind us we can all be kinder than necessary and make the world a much lovelier place. 🙂

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    Christine Duval
    November 14, 2016 at 3:06 am

    I have been waiting for this day all year, but I haven’t been myself since my sister died in March. I even had a clear stamp made that says World Kindness Day and I haven’t done one thing or made a card. So pathetic of myself. Hopefully next year I’ll be better.

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      November 15, 2016 at 11:38 am

      Dearest Christine, I am so sorry to hear about your sister. Our loved ones live in our hearts and lives forever. I felt the way you did when my Mom passed away suddenly, 6 years ago. I’ve learned to cope–I started another blog to reminisce, as I had no one to talk to.

      One thing I’ve learned is: never wait for an auspicious day to do something, Christine. You know, we postpone festivals when one of us in the family is traveling or away, and celebrate only when we’re together. I want to see your stamp ❤️ May I suggest something? How about beginning by being kind to yourself? Wrap your arms around you, tell yourself “I love you” and think about three pleasant things or experiences you cherish. Don’t wait for next year. Sending you warm hugs and love.
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        Christine Duval
        November 17, 2016 at 6:33 am

        Thank you so much. That night I went to church. By spur of moment I did you an act of kindness when I walked into a little market and there was a young homeless guy with his dog on his lap and the dog was pretty big and I thought for being on his lap and I thought I’m going to get the dog a treat but they didn’t have any regular dog treats in the little store and I told the girl the cashier I said I wanted to get that dog out there something to eat but there’s no dog treats she said you could get him a hot dog and I said yeah so I bought a hot dog and when I went outside and gave it to the dog he jumped down and was whining he was so cute and so happy so that really made my day

  • Reply
    Evelyn Lim
    November 14, 2016 at 6:51 am

    Great list here! The world can certainly benefit from more care and kindness!

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    Amrita Basu (Misra)
    November 14, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    My religion is kindness too.Being a kindness ninja is needed urgently .
    I am going to try to be one.Great list

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    Eli
    November 14, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    Perfect title -loved it dear Vidya – and very inspiring indeed- I’m ready to be a kindness ninja!!Hugs
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    Vinodini
    November 14, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    I’d love to be a kindness ninja. That was quite an exhaustive list but each of them sound doable. I loved the idea of leaving post-its around with messages on them for strangers to find. How exciting?! Will give it a shot soon. 😃

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      November 15, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      Yeah, they’re all so easy to do, aren’t they? Even one a day would make it a continuous stream of kindness! I’d love to know how it goes for you, Vinodini!
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    Debbie L Hampton
    November 15, 2016 at 2:10 am

    What a wonderful list of suggestions for becoming a “Kindness Ninja.” (I love that!) I especially like the idea to send a handwritten note , letter, or postcard. Isn’t getting mail just wonderful? There are so many people that I could send something to. Thanks for the reminder!
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    menaka bharathi
    November 15, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    I really feel bad to have not read you till recently Vidhya! I love your kindness list. I personally feel that what you give comes back to you, love and kindness too follows this same route. I like to write, and I do a lot of writing in my note books, that I save as very precious belongings.
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      Vidya Sury
      November 15, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      Welcome, Menaka. Hugs! Let’s keep in touch now. It is always a good day to meet someone you like! How wonderful that you write in your notebooks! I do that too and just enjoy the feel of the pen flowing on paper. Also, it is not always comfortable to pour all our thoughts online, and journaling helps a great deal. I look forward to seeing you more often! Happy to connect with you.
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    Suzie Cheel
    November 16, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Being kind opens our heart to love and you have shared so many simple ways we can do this Vidya , just love your images have pinned one and shared.
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    SHILPA GARG
    November 16, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    I’d love to be a Kindness Ninja too as the thoughts you shared are so doable. Kindness is something that should come naturally to us. It makes us not only happy but leaves a lasting impression on the receiver too.

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    Kala Ravi
    November 16, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    Wow, what a brilliant compilation of the loveliest ideas! Isn’t it really so simple…these tiny acts of kindness can indeed brighten someone’s day. I always think the simplest things are most rare to find, especially kindness. Love this post Vidya. Stay blessed. Love and hugs 🙂
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    Ramya Abhinand
    November 17, 2016 at 11:56 am

    Wow what a lovely compilation NAd all of them are simple things we can do in our daily lives to bring cheer to anybody. I must keep a print out of this, probably stick it on my wardrobe or wall to remind myself a couple of points everyday!!!

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    Zeenat Merchant Syal
    November 17, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Love love love these ideas and all the beauty that is YOU that you shared in this post Vidya! Made me all warm and fuzzy 🙂
    xoxo, Z~
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    SHUBHANGI SRIKANTH
    November 17, 2016 at 6:01 pm

    such a cool compilation! and the best part is they are all so doable. That’s the thing about kindness, doesn’t take a lot and yet we forget to give.

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    Mackenzie Glanville
    November 18, 2016 at 11:15 am

    This is such a beautiful post and as you know something I needed right now when I have been worrying. You lighten my life, thank you xx Today I brought groceries for a friend who couldn’t leave her home and she insisted on paying me but I did’t take her money, sometimes it is so nice to help a friend and that is payment enough #mg

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