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Pay it forward: World Kindness Day is Friday, November 13

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Posted at 6:43 AM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-13 18:34:46-05

It's safe to say the world could use a little more kindness right now. Friday, November 13 is World Kindness Day.

World Kindness Day was formed at a Tokyo kindness conference in 1997, and was officially launched in 1998, according to the World Kindness Movement website. Twenty-two years later, more than 28 countries, including the United States, are part of the World Kindness Movement.

Being kind doesn't require a grand gesture - or, during the coronavirus pandemic, even meeting with people face-to-face. Paying for a stranger's coffee or meal, calling a relative or friend you haven't spoken to in a while, volunteering or even picking litter up outside are all good ways to spread kindness.

News 3's Anthony Sabella said one of his favorite random acts of kindness is paying for another person's meal. This World Kindness Day, he visited the McDonald's on Bonney Road in Virginia Beach to try and start a "kindness train," where people pay for the meals behind them in line.

But being kind doesn't have to cost money. Just giving a little of your time or giving a compliment can make someone else's day.