Being kind to others and kind to ourselves comes with great benefits for all. So today feels like the perfect day to take a quick look at kindness and its positive effects; World Mental Health Day 2020.
Benefits of Kindness
Performing acts of kindness have been linked to general well being
Being kind can improve our mental health
It brings a sense of belonging
Reduces loneliness and isolation within the community
Makes the world a happier place
It can make a huge difference to people with suicidal thoughts
Be Kind to Yourself
Take time out for yourself
Have breaks from social media
Watch something that makes you laugh
Go for a walk in nature
Do something you enjoy; paint, run, have a long bath
Cook yourself your favourite meal
Read something positive
Ask for help, from friends or family
Go to therapy
Acts of Kindness
Call a friend or family member for a catch up
Send some flowers
Write a letter to a long lost friend
Ask neighbours if they need any help
Offer you help with chores
Call or visit somebody that you know is on their own
Check on those you know are going through a tough time
Tell people that you love them
Volunteer your time
Donate to charity
Being kind to ourselves and others makes a huge difference to our everyday lives. If you think back to a time you faced a hard or sad time in your life, kindness often sticks out as the thing that made those times bearable. From healthcare professionals going that extra mile offering us their empathy, to a neighbour popping round with some flowers, to family showing up; supporting us and supplying endless cups of tea. We remember and cherish these acts of kindness during our most difficult times.
The world needs kindness. Now more than ever, we each need to offer ourselves, those around us and the world our kindness and care.
We all deserve to live in a world over flowing with kindness and love … so get out there, spread the love and kindness and pay it forward.