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February 6th, 2015

Random Act of Kindness Week

9th – 15th February is Random Acts of Kindness Week, a time to celebrate the ways in which we might all be able to improve each other’s lives through small acts of kindness that can make a real difference. If you haven’t heard of this before then it’s a relatively new idea that has been spread by those who want to make the world a better place to live in. It’s gathered a huge amount of momentum and now is a genuine movement – with Random Acts of Kindness Week the time when everyone can try it for the first time. Given the increasingly isolated world we all inhabit with less and less human interaction and fewer genuine communities this is a great way to recreate some of those all-important human connections. So, how can you get started?

Smaller acts of kindness are easy enough to incorporate into daily life first:

- Be on time. It’s not just for your benefit that being on time is better but it also shows other people that they’re important to you and you care about them. It’s respectful, makes you trustworthy and shows that you’re not going to waste anyone’s time.

- Recycle plastic and turn off the lights. Kindness doesn’t have to be on an individual basis, you can be kind to the environment too. Reducing the amount of rubbish we deposit in landfills, cutting the plastic waste thrown into the ocean and reducing the resources used in the production of energy to power our homes are all much kinder to the world around us.

- Make someone laugh. When someone makes you laugh it can really make your day. Whether you crack a joke, tell them a story or tickle them, laughter has always been the best medicine.

- Greet people. Saying “hello” and “Good Morning” to people is an easy way to make someone feel good – you’re acknowledging them which is a great compliment and instantly raises a smile. If you have more money, time and resources then why not try some bigger acts of kindness:

- Sponsor a child from another country. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have security, education and people who care about them and sponsoring a child can help them get the best start in life, no matter what their situation.

- Donate time/money to charity. Even the smallest amount of time or money can make a big difference and donating either to charity is an act of kindness that will also make you feel good.

- Forgive someone – holding on to anger and resentment is bad for you and hurtful to other people and learning to let go is an act of kindness in itself. Remember that everyone is human and we all make mistakes – forgiving isn’t weakness but the ultimate strength.

And finally why not give a friend who has had a bad week a gift like a Ski mousse or yogurt?! It’s a simple way to put a smile on someone’s face.