Wellbeing Ambassador Dan gives us the lowdown on Random Act of Kindness Week and what this means for you:
After the difficulties of the last year, there’s more need for Random Act of Kindness Week than ever before. Starting on the 14th of February and ending on the 20th, it’s a great opportunity to bring a bit of light to the world – No matter how small your action may seem, it can sometimes completely change a person’s day.
However, it can be more difficult to find opportunities when we’re meant to stay distant from everyone, but the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation provides some ideas. There are infinite ways to be kind. Simply smiling at someone you pass by could bring them some joy. Even if you’re in the same situation that many others find themselves in and you feel you haven’t left the house in a year, there are still options, including the suggestions from the foundation such as a Kindness Jar, Gratitude Letter or Blessing Bags.
Remember, it’s not just about being kind to others, it’s also about being kind to yourself. Write a letter listing everything you appreciate about yourself and the things you do and if you can’t immediately think of something, the fact you’re writing the letter shows that you’re making an effort to look after yourself.
Kindness does not have to be aimed towards specific people. You could do something that seems like a drop in the ocean, but contributes to the greater good. You could decide to be kind for the environment and use less electricity or to take a walk instead of going by car. You may not hear a “thank you” but if you could, it would be the loudest of them all.
Sometimes we take for granted those closest to us, this would be a great time to show how much of an impact they’ve had on your life. By telling them how significant they are to you, you will expand their world.
There are also many things you could do online, from donating to a charity to simply leaving a good review a small business you like. All things which would help those who receive them a lot more than they cost to do.
The possible choices are endless!
Imagine a world where everyone around you does something good for someone every day, even if just for one week. Is this world possible? I don’t know, but don’t you want to try?