March 31 is National Kindness Day in the United Kingdom announced The Diana Award, a non-profit charity set up in the late Princess’ name. National Kindness Day is an international project to inspire adults and children around the world to celebrate and spread kindness in their schools, workplaces and communities.
It began in 2015 when Prince William took on the issue of bullying in schools for the charity in his late mother’s name. Young people were trained by The Diana Award in identifying bullying and learning practical tips on preventing this growing concern. Bullying is a huge issue in this country as well. This is the third year running for National Kindness Day and the charity hopes to record at least 20,000 tangible acts of kindness throughout the year on a micro site that will be launched soon.
The Diana Award recognizes young people going above and beyond in their daily lives to create and sustain positive change. The Award is given in Diana, Princess of Wales’ name to young role models who are selflessly transforming the lives of others.
This is the 20th anniversary year since the tragic death of Princess Diana, and the charity has set aside much of the year to highlight her legacy.
Charity Chief Executive Tessy Ojo told People Magazine The Diana Award will be holding a special ceremony in May to honor young people from around the world who have been walking in “Diana’s shoes.”
In fact, 19-year-old Katie Curran of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, will be among the young people honored in London in May. Curran became one of The Diana Award recipients for her work with her very own non-profit Project Next Generation.
This year The Diana Award is encouraging people from across the U.K. to do something kind for someone else in remembrance of Princess Diana to celebrate her values of compassion, kindness and service to others, irrespective of their culture, race or background,” the charity said in a statement.
Of course, the U.S. already celebrates National Random Acts of Kindness Day (which was on February 17). It is sponsored by the internationally recognized non-profit National Random Acts of Kindness Foundation and founded by Josh de Jong of New Zealand. You observe the day by doing nice things throughout the day and using #RandomActsOfKindnessDay to post on social media.
To make you smile and perhaps even cry, watch these top 10 Random Acts of Kindness caught of video.