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Here’s an interesting tidbit you probably didn’t know about. World Kindness Day was celebrated on November 13th. The day was first organized in 1998 at a World Kindness Movement (WKM) Conference in Tokyo. According to the official website, their mission is to “inspire individuals towards greater kindness and to connect nations to create a kinder world.”
This year for World Kindness Day, Londoners got together and participated in an experiment that spread across the city!
One popular way to honor the World Kindness Movement’s mission is through random acts of kindness. Psychologist Dr. Geoge Fieldman describes it as “doing something spontaneous and generous to someone without expecting anything back in return,” and that’s exactly what happened in London this year.
A florist and its team brought buckets of yellow roses and stationed themselves on a busy street in the heart of London. Why yellow? They are believed to symbolize optimism, warmth, and friendship. The staff members were told to hand out a single yellow rose to passers-by with a simple request: pass it onto a someone else.
Happier and Healthier
This was in the attempt to have citizens include a little act of selflessness in their lives that day. “Science shows us that people who act altruistically tend to be happier, healthier and, in fact, to live longer themselves,” Fieldman continued to explain.
After watching the yellow roses experiment, the results were instantaneous.