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Week 3 Kindness

What do we mean bykindness?

Youmayrecognisetheexpressionitisbettertogivethanreceivebutdidyouknowthisis backed up byresearch. People who arekind andcompassionatesee clear benefits to theirwellbeingandhappiness. They mayeven live longer.Kindness canalsohelp reduce stress and improve our emotional wellbeing as well as improve mood, self-esteem and happiness. 

We all have so much going onin our lives-includingcompetingstrains and stressesnot to mentionthecurrentcoronavirus pandemic.This can seekindnesspushed to one side. If we take thetimetobekindtootherpeople, wecan reap the emotional dividends.It canreallymake a difference and especially for people who are vulnerable or struggling.

Now is the time to re-imagine a kinder society that better protects our mental health. Kindness is choosing to do something that helpsothersor yourself, motivated by genuine warm feelings.  Kindness or doing good often means putting other peoples needs before our own.Itcould be bygivingupour seat on a bus to someone who might need it more or offering to make a cup of tea for someone at work.There are so many waystohelpothers as part of our everyday lives. Good deeds neednt takemuchtimeor cost any money.  

Althoughactsof kindnessfor other people can makeusfeelgood,we need toalsokeep in mind why were doing it which is fortheir benefit, not ours.  Part of being kind is considering the feelings of others, so it isvery important that your kindness issomething which others will findhelpful. Kindness issomething that needs to benefit both parties.  


Acts of Kindness

At home and in your community  

  • Call a friend who you haven’t spoken to for a while  
  • Post a card or letter to someone you are out of touch with  
  • Send flowers to a friend,out of the blue  
  • Find out if a neighbour needs any help with shopping  
  • Ring someone who is on their own, or video callthem  
  • Send someone a handwritten thank you note  
  • Tell your familyhow much you love and appreciate them  
  • Help with household chores  
  • Offer to help an elderlyor vulnerableneighbour  
  • Check on someone you know who is going through a tough time  


At work  

  • Remember to say hi to colleagues and ask how they are whether thats face-to-face, or virtually if you are working from home  
  • Offer to support colleagues who may not be familiar with videoconferencing or new software that you have already used  
  • Set up a virtual coffee/lunch clubwith your regular colleagues and with new ones  
  • Have a conversation with a colleagueyou dont normally talk to   
  • Get to know a new member of staffit ishard to join a new workplace under these restrictions  
  • Lend your ear – listen to your colleague who is having a bad day  
  • Say thank you to a colleague who has helped you  
  • Praise a colleague for something they have done well  


In public places  

  • Follow the rules on social isolation –but dont makenegativeassumptions about others  
  • Wisha passer-byagood morning or afternoonfrom an appropriate distance (2 metres or more)  
  • Be a considerate cyclist/driver  
  • Pick up some rubbish lying around in the street  
  • Smile and say hello to people you may passevery day, but have never spoken to beforefrom an appropriate distance (2 metres or more)  


On social media  

  • Take time to reach outonlineto people you havent seen for a while  
  • Write something nice or encouraging on a post you appreciate  
  • Acknowledge and validate someone’s story – if they are having a difficult time you don’t have to have all the answers, sometimes a like or a brief ‘I’m sorry to hear this, is there something I can do?’ is enough to make them feel heard  
  • Think aboutwhatyoushare look at the source of the post, and the tone.If it isnt kind, think twice.If somethingcould upset others and you feel you need to post it, use a triggeror contentwarning  
  • Think about your comments and replies. Try not tosay nasty things, or pile on where somebody questions another persons actions   

Evidence shows that being kind really does improve your wellbeing.1Whats more, the more you do for others, the more they are likely to do for you.11  

With this in mind, we’re suggesting thatwealltrytohelpothers once adayfor a weekand see if it makes a difference to how wefeel.  

You can take joy in being deliberately kindwhether by recognising the time you have for your kids or partner, to speaking more to family, or by volunteering in your community.     


Be kind to yourself

  • Prioritise some “me” time, so you can relax and reflect on how you’re feeling and how your day or week has been so far  
  • Turn offfromyour social media channels for a day, or even a week  
  • Treat yourself to something small, suchasbuyingor planting some flowers  
  • Do something you enjoy, like listening to a favourite song or dancing in your kitchen  
  • Spend some time in nature, which is good for our mental health   

Be Kind To Others

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