Day 1 of 12 Days of Christmas Kindness: 5 Acts of Kindness
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted, Aesop’s fable, The Lion and the Mouse.
As social distancing has become a priority these past couple of years, our means of communication has broadened and for so many of us staying in touch without physical interaction has become a norm. For many, this has meant lonelier and quieter times, leaving others looking for a way they can help lift their spirits. So, by showing random acts of kindness this might just be the mood booster needed to show those how much you care and make someone smile this festive season.
Spread the love with these 5 acts of kindness:
1) Choose to Smile More
Did you know children smile as many as 400 times per day but it seems that only 30% of us adults smile more than 20 times a day. Smiling can send endorphins throughout your body, which can actually reduce stress.
2) Listen attentively when someone is talking to you
By showing you are actively listening to a friend or co-worker they will feel valued and supported. Putting your phone away is small act that shows you are in the moment with them.
3) Surprise a friend or family member with home baked goods
Home baking can be a great way to use up ingredients in the kitchen, but can also show how much a friend or relative means to you. Take a look into your cupboards now and see if you can whip up some cookies or cupcakes!
4) Check on an elderly neighbour
You never know how isolated someone who lives alone may be feeling and how a simple phone call or knock on the door could make all the difference to them. Offer to grab some shopping for them, or just call to say hi and see how they are doing.
5) Donate clothes to charity
You know that feeling, when you see that special something in a charity shop that’s exactly what you have been searching for? Donating clothes you no longer want is a brilliant way to give to back charity, and you could make someone’s day!