Below is a list of things for every day of any month (plus one for luck!) to bring a little kindness into your life, into the lives of others, and to help in making kindness the norm:
- Acknowledge the hard work of a person who has helped you by letting them know you appreciate what they did.
- Pay it forward at a cafe when you’re getting a drink so that a homeless person can have a hot drink.
- Practice a moment of self-reflection to identify ways of overcoming a repeating pattern you notice happening that is unhelpful.
- Fill a small bag (e.g. a money bag) with bird seed when you go out for a walk and feed the birds as you go.
- Phone a friend that you’ve not been able to catch up with for a while to check in to see how they are doing.
- Put some music on, go with the feeling and sway, punch and slice the air, stomp, wring, float and dance.
- On a dry, sunny lie on the ground or gras and like ok up at the sky. Notice the shapes the clouds make and tell yourself stories about what you see.
- Separate your clothes that are in good condition but don’t fit right and donate them via your local reuse group so that they can bring some happiness to someone else.
- Do a household chore that someone in your family usually does and do it up to their usual standard.
- Put together a self-care box of mood-boosting activities for yourself or a friend or family member for when they are stressed out, angry, frustrated, disappointed, fed up or are in a low mood.
- Buy yourself flowers.
- Spend time in nature and recharge by going on a walk or hike.
- Eat something you enjoy mindfully, slowly, and savouring every bite.
- Don your safety gloves and go on a local litter-pick.
- Treat someone you look up to to food they like at a cafe or restaurant.
- Be courteous and offer your seat on public transport to someone else who will appreciate it.
- If you are able, donate blood.
- Donate nice food with a long shelf-life to a food bank.
- On a clear evening go star-gazing.
- Organise a bring-your-own buffet or picnic with friends or colleagues.
- Listen intently to someone without interrupting.
- Listen to an inspirational TED Talk or podcast.
- Take a moment to acknowledge and recognise your achievements, regardless of whether they are big or small.
- Wear an outfit that makes you feel really good.
- Keep a journal of inspiring quotes.
- Watch some comedy.
- Be accountable for everything you say and do for the day.
- Allow yourself to sleep in late one morning.
- Pamper yourself.
- Walk a dog from the local animal shelter.
- Make a list of at least 5 things you are grateful for.
- (And one for luck…) Switch to using cruelty-free products.
Article written by Emma Ross.
Emma is a CCHA tenant. She has worked as a counsellor for Mind for 7 years, and has also worked in GP surgeries for the Cardiff & Vale NHS in Ely and on an Employee Assistance Program. You can find her on social media @WorkSmartLiveHappy
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