Did you know that kindness and doing kind acts can help our wellbeing and mental health?
The science boffins have done experiments to prove it works!.
Being kind and giving to others is one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing and a bit of superpower as well!
There are so many ways to be kind as part of our everyday lives. Kindness needn’t take much time or cost any money
and small acts like a smile or a comliment or holding a door open for someone can make a big difference.
Here's a story about a small act making a difference:
Ideas for acts of kindness
Empathy is the ability to understand how someone else is feeling or to understand the situation they are in. It is the ability to “put yourself in someone else’s shoes” and to understand the way a situation might make them feel.
Empathy is different from sympathy. Empathy is walking a mile in someone else's shoes; sympathy is feeling sorry that their feet hurt.
Empathy can be difficult. It is often difficult to see another person's point of view, especially when out own own emotions are triggered and get into the way of our thinking skills. Empathy is something that is linked to kindness and helping others. Have a look at these ideas about helping a friend.
Don't forget to be kind to yourself!
It’s important to be kind to yourself as well. Take Time for You so you can relax and do the things you enjoy.
Check out the self-care ideas in our wellbeing toolkit.
Showing gratitude (being thankful) is a good way of staying positive; coping with stress and self-care. It is not just about saying thank you (to your aunty for hand-knitted socks for Christmas, again"!). It is taking a moment to look for things each day that we can feel good about.