Kindness is one of the greatest gifts a person can receive. It’s one of the easiest gifts to give, but so often is forgotten in a world where everyone is busy and often people can be self-involved.
Oxfam are launching a campaign called #KindnessChangesLives which encourages people to think about others and to kindly donate to help change the lives of people all over the world.
I’d really like you to consider the kindness you’ve given out or received today. It can be such little gestures that go a long way. I think about some of the acts of kindness that are considered to be quite little, but probably mean a lot to people.
When I leave work, it’s raining hard. I see one of my colleagues about to leave who is walking to the train station. I offer them a lift, knowing it’s the opposite direction to where I am going. They arrive at the train station dry. It has only delayed my journey home by 10 minutes. It’s a kind thing to do.
I’m stopping at the supermarket on my way home from work to pick up some ingredients for dinner. I decide to buy a big tub of sweets for my colleagues. It’s impulsive, but I know they’ll enjoy them.
A friend texts me the other night, she says I’ve been very quiet on our group chats. She’s checking up on me to see if I’m okay. I tell her I’m fine, I’ve just been a bit busy. It’s a kind act like this that makes me feel I have special people in my life.
We had a Halloween party the other night, I’d made alcoholic drinks with lychees in them, to look like eyeballs. One of my guests is pregnant. I made her a version with blackcurrant juice and lychees. She didn’t feel left out as she could also have a fun Halloween drink. Again, just little acts of kindness can go a long way to making people feel involved.
What have you done this week? What could you do differently to be kinder to someone? It’s not always the grand gestures, sometimes it’s the littlest things that can have the most impact.
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