This post originally appeared via Eden Project Communities.
Did you know that World Kindness Day is marked each year on 13th November? This Day offers a lovely opportunity to celebrate the importance of kindness, so below we’ve shared five ways to be kind to yourself and others on 13th November (and every day!). These suggestions are inspired by the Five Ways to Wellbeing, so you can improve your wellbeing while being kind!
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 working with Eden Project Communities and others to host a Devon Community Action Day in Exeter on 18th November, to build the capacity of community groups. If you’re based close by you’re welcome to join, or otherwise you can search for relevant projects and events in your own area.
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.
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 on 13th November and every day 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!
How will you mark World Kindness Day on 13th November? Share with us via @NetwrkWellbeing on Twitter and we’ll re-tweet the best ones we see!
Share your random acts of kindness on Eden Project Communities Facebook for a chance to win a copy of The Little Book of Kindness by Bernadette Russell.
Plus, you can also spread some kindness by entering Museum of Happiness' Kindness contest! Simply share your act of kindness using #kindnesscontest17 and tag two others to nominate them to carry out an act of kindness.
Find out more and join the party via https://kindness.party.