“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around”  – Leo Buscaglia 

 

February 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day, but what is the inspiration behind this day and why encourage these random acts of kindness in the world?

To me, there seems to be two ways in which kindness shows up in our lives, firstly in the kindness we offer others, and secondly, the kindness we offer ourselves. Wherever it is directed, being kind matters, and it is something that we can all try to incorporate into our daily lives.

It is known that showing kindness and receiving kindness can be hugely beneficial to our overall well being and happiness.

Research has shown that it strengthens our relationships, increases our confidence and self esteem, and helps lift our mood. It also supports our physical health by boosting our immune system and lowering our blood pressure; it is even good for our heart!

But being kind can have different meanings for people and it is up to us how we choose to show it, whether that is through empathy, kind acts, acceptance and more. Carrying out an act of kindness doesn’t have to be a big gesture such as community volunteering or donating to a charity.

It can be all about the small things, something as simple as taking the time to check up on an elderly neighbour, greeting someone with a smile while you are out walking the dog or asking someone how they are really feeling.  

Then there are the important ways in which we can be gentle and kind with ourselves in order to support our own well being, such as treating ourselves with compassion when we make a mistake, asking for help when we need it, or taking time out to care for our physical health.

Kindness is definitely contagious and it has a ripple effect of positivity. If we all carry out small acts of care and generosity we are making people feel good, we are passing on love. And so this power of kindness leads to more generous acts in the world, as people spread the good feeling!

In the end, we all want to feel valued and cared for in life, and kindness has the power to do that since it makes the world a more compassionate and supportive place for us all to live in.

I still remember a single act of kindness from a few years ago. I was at the supermarket checkout buying a couple of essentials when I realised I had left my purse at home. I was about to give the items back to the cashier when a lady behind me in the queue spoke to me and insisted on paying for my shopping. I was slightly embarrassed at first, but then thought what a lovely gesture and I thanked her for being so kind. She then explained that her daughter was studying abroad and that she would like to think that someone would help her too if she was in a fix. Her generosity of spirit really touched me that day and I will try and pass on that act of kindness to someone else in the future.

A quote that I find particularly beautiful and inspiring says ‘Kindness is showing someone they matter’; when someone feels like they matter, it really can change that person’s life and outlook. 

Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day!

Contributed by Maddy

2 replies
    • Charlotte
      Charlotte says:

      Hi Martina,

      It really was, wasn’t it! Maddy’s words on the benefits of kindness, be they big or small, were very moving and valuable and we’re so glad you enjoyed them as much as we did.

      Charlotte

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