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Celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week!

Did you know that 11th-17th February is Random Acts of Kindness Week? The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation are offering many ways to get involved and share your stories of kindness. To mark this week we wanted to shared five ways to be kind to yourself and others inspired by the Five Ways to Wellbeing.

1. Connect…

Building relationships and connecting with others is one of the most important things we can do to improve our wellbeing, and it’s also a great way to be kind. Sadly loneliness is all too common today, but there are lots of ways we can connect. Simply giving an unexpected call to someone you haven’t seen in a while or starting a conversation with a friendly stranger can make a massive difference to their wellbeing – and yours.

2. Keep learning together…

You can learn more about kindness by getting involved in community projects, which also can help to connect you with your neighbours too. The Network of Wellbeing (NOW) is running a free tour of the wellbeing services on offer in Birmingham on 8th March 2018, which will be useful for people from around the UK to join in order to learn about best practices for community wellbeing. Learn more >>

3. Get active…

Being kind to yourself is actually just as important as being kind to others. And one way to be kind to yourself is to get active and do some gentle exercise. It needn’t be a marathon; you can simply try a nice walk in the local park, a swim or just a dance to your favourite song around the living room. Research has shown that exercise is great for our health and can also make us happier; so be kind to yourself by getting active! And why not invite a friend along? That way you both get the benefit.

4. Give…

Altruism and giving to others is a kind thing to do and can bring us more happiness than accumulating wealth or physical possessions. Giving to others doesn’t need to involve money. You can simply give your full attention to someone else, give goods you don’t need to a charity, or give your time for a good cause. All of these things will show kindness to others, and be good for your health and wellbeing too!

5. Take notice…

Often we go through life on auto-pilot, missing everyday acts of kindness offered to us and opportunities for us to be kind. Why not keep your eyes peeled this week for opportunities to put simple acts of kindness into practice: smile at someone on your way to work, take some extra time to listen to a friend in need, buy a coffee for a stranger, take a friend out for a walk.

There are so many ways to spread kindness, and make a difference to your own and others’ lives. And don’t forget to notice when people are kind to you – showing gratitude is good for our wellbeing and for those who are good to us.

Share your kindness!

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation have lots of inspiration and suggested actions on their website: https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/

Connect with NOW on Facebook and Twitter to learn and share about the links between kindness and wellbeing. 

Thank you for reading, and we look forward to staying in touch!

Please note: A version of this post was originally shared by NOW with Eden Communities for World Kindness Day

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