Acts Of Kindness Have The Potential To Make The World A Happier Place

We want to see a world where kindness is built into business decisions, government policy and official systems. However, we can start by individual commitment to showing kindness in our words and our actions.

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You might want to do something for someone else or take note if you experience an act of kindness. 

Not sure where to start?  

We’ve put together some suggestions to help you out… 

At home and in your community 

Call a friend who you haven’t spoken to for a while

Post a card or letter to someone you are out of touch with

Send flowers to a friend, out of the blue

Find out if a neighbour needs any help with shopping

Ring someone who is on their own, or video call them

Send someone a handwritten thank you note

Tell your family how much you love and appreciate them

Help with household chores

Offer to help an elderly or vulnerable neighbour

Check on someone you know who is going through a tough time

At work 

Remember to say hi to colleagues and ask how they are – whether that’s face-to-face, or virtually if you are working from home

Offer to support colleagues who may not be familiar with videoconferencing or new software that you have already used

Set up a virtual coffee/lunch club – with your regular colleagues and with new ones

Have a conversation with a colleague you don’t normally talk to

Get to know a new member of staff – it is hard to join a new workplace under these restrictions

Lend your ear – listen to your colleague who is having a bad day

Say thank you to a colleague who has helped you

Praise a colleague for something they have done well

In public places 

Follow the rules on social isolation – but don’t make negative assumptions about others

Wish a passer-by a good morning or afternoon from an appropriate distance (2 metres or more)

Be a considerate cyclist/driver

Pick up some rubbish lying around in the street

Smile and say hello to people you may pass every day, but have never spoken to before from an appropriate distance (2 metres or more)

On social media 

Take time to reach out online to people you haven’t seen for a while

Write something nice or encouraging on a post you appreciate

Acknowledge and validate someone’s story – if they are having a difficult time you don’t have to have all the answers, sometimes a like or a brief ‘I’m sorry to hear this, is there something I can do?’ is enough to make them feel heard

Think about what you share – look at the source of the post, and the tone. If it isn’t kind, think twice. If something could upset others and you feel you need to post it, use a trigger or content warning

Think about your comments and replies. Try not to say nasty things, or pile on where somebody questions another person’s actions