Wellbeing Wednesday - Kindness
Following on from World Kindness Day, I thought it would be good to focus on that all important act of kindness.
The research shows us that when we are kind to others, we not only boost each recipient’s wellbeing; it tends to have the same effect on our own sense of wellness too.
Being kind can help us connect with others, and our relationships play a crucial role in our mental health and wellbeing in the long term.
Studies have found that acts of kindness are linked to increased feelings of wellbeing. Helping others can also improve our support networks and encourage us to be more active. This in turn can improve our self-esteem.
Here are some acts of kindness to help inspire you:
- Tell a family member how much you love and appreciate them
- Arrange to have a cup of tea and virtual catch up with someone you know
- Arrange to watch a film at the same time as a friend and video call
- Tell someone you know that you are proud of them
- Send someone you know a joke to cheer them up
- Spend time playing a board game or reading a book with your child
- Help your child to write a letter to an older relative.
It is important to be kind to ourselves too. Listen to yourself, give yourself a break and reflect on how you feel. We cannot pour from an empty cup!