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We all love being on the receiving end of kindness. A kind word, a friendly smile or help before we’ve even asked for it. Scientists love to talk about the ‘ripple effect’ and how one simple act of kindness can spark another, and another, and another!
Kindness can take courage. It can mean choosing not to gossip, find an encouraging word, and celebrate someone else’s success full-heartedly when you may be hurting. Gently telling the truth or caring for someone who may not return the favour shows incredible strength of character (something we love to talk about at Citywise!)
Showing kindness to yourself by looking after your mind, body and emotions is such a powerful way to boost your wellbeing. Being kind to yourself isn’t about letting yourself eat the entire tray of donuts, but giving your body what it needs to stay healthy, and do more of what you love.
This lovely Kindness Chart recently made its way home to lots of children in our programmes to help them nurture kindness at home. We encouraged children to see how many activities they could tick off in one week. Why not give it a go? (You can also download a PDF here)
“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
— Desmond Tutu