Kindness begins with thoughtfulness, empathy and intent to make someone else happy. In today’s ‘head-in-smartphone’ culture we can easily forget the importance of actively being kind to one another, and especially initiating random acts of kindness which may inspire others to pay it forward and so on.
Here are Multimedia Design Officer Rosie’s 7 easy acts of kindness:
- Be kind to yourself – this is number one because we tend to leave it until last! It’s so important to remember self-care and well-being, especially during particularly stressful times like exams, job interviews or moving house. Do something that makes you happy, treat yourself; connect with nature, exercise, have a hot bath, eat that piece of cake! Make time to do whatever it takes to help you feel enriched and able to be kind to others.
- Phone a friend/family member – is there someone you have been meaning to check in with? Do you miss time spent with a particular person? Give them a call and ask how they are. No really. Do it now.
- Share – why not pay for the next person’s coffee, hand your paid parking ticket to someone who could use it or donate items to your local Foodbank? It’ll make someone’s day! The olio app helps you share unwanted leftover food with your local community, further information can be found here.
- Volunteer – if you can’t share money you could share your time. Do the washing up for your flatmate, visit an elderly neighbour or contact local charities to find out how you could make a difference in the wider community. The Careers team can help guide you, just visit our volunteer page.
- Make something special – homemade gifts are personal and unique, even the naff ones hold a special place in our hearts! Pinterest has a world full of ideas from home baked cookies in a jar to personalised photo books. Get creative and surprise someone you care about with a bespoke gift they will cherish.
- Manners are free – saying please and thank you or holding a door open for somebody are simple things often forgotten when rushing about daily life. Treat people how you like to be treated and everyone’s a winner!
- Fundraise – participate in raising money for a cause that needs it. This could involve selling items at a car boot sale, doing a sponsored walk/cycle or even holding a bake sale. Get in touch with Marie Dodd, SU Membership Services Coordinator (Activities), for more information about fundraising and current planned events via email@example.com.
Now go fourth and be kind to one another, after all, our impact on the people we leave behind is our legacy that lives on.
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible”
— Dalai Lama
“Try to be the rainbow in someone else’s cloud”
— Maya Angelou
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak but their echoes are truly endless”
— Mother Teresa
Comment below with your good deeds.