17th February is ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ day. There are so many reasons to look out for others in small ways. We take a look at why and explore some great resources out there to help you spread the love!
It might seem like a small kind action might not achieve much, but it can be very impactful. You never know what someone else is going through and how much they might need connection and a boost.
Doing things for others releases ‘happy hormones’ in our brains and gives a sense of achievement. It makes us feel good.
Disconnection has been cited as the number one reason for addictions and all sorts of other issues. When we are kind to others we are creating a more connected world, which helps us too.
How Can We Help?
Action For Happiness
Action for Happiness is an app designed to help us be kinder to ourselves and others, as a way to promote good mental health. Self care and kindness go hand-in-hand and this app has plenty of resources to help with both. There is a calendar of daily actions for each month with themes such as being friendly to others, being active, or finding joy in small things. It’s a great challenge to take on with friends and family. You can also access their local groups, courses and webinars. Once you download the app it will pop up with you daily action plus encouraging words to help you stay positive each day.
Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
The originators of the day itself, the RAKF website has tons of resources to spread kindness at work, home or school. It includes calendars of actions, booklets on creating a positive culture at work, printable workbooks for children, even kindness bingo! We love that their resources go into more depth with concepts like inclusiveness and positive listening that can really make a difference to others.
Want to help the environment as well as your community? The Olio app is a great way to pass on anything you don’t need for free to your neighbours, helping others and reducing waste at the same time. You can list any edible food you don’t need – even opened packets or things that are past their best before dates. You also list unwanted non-food items that can be put to good use. There is even a new feature where you can lend and borrow – why not list something you own that is only needed occasionally? Like DIY tools, lawnmowers or cake tins.
Did you know you can find volunteering opportunities online in the same way as finding a job? Job websites like Indeed have plenty of options, or local sites like VolunteerEssex show where help is needed in your area. It’s a great way to get a sense of what organisations really need. Whether you want to hone your skills, gain experience, or simply give back, there are plenty of options available.