Kindness is a type of behaviour marked by acts of generosity, consideration, or concern for others, without having an expectation of praise or reward.
Kindness is such an easy thing to do. It does not cost any money or really much time just a moment to think of others: smile or say thank you to the delivery man, open the shop door for a stranger or let someone in front of you in a queue, send a Christmas card or take time out to stop and check on how a friend is doing.
It’s often said that it’s better to give than receive but did you know that this is actually backed up by research? Research shows that helping others can be beneficial to our own mental health. It can reduce stress, improve our emotional wellbeing and even benefit our physical health.
The Aspire students have been counting down to Christmas by following a Random act of Kindness Advent calendar completing a random act of kindness each day.
As we move closer to the big day and afterwards why not follow the students’ idea and try out doing a random act of kindness each day.
Remember also be kind to yourself; give yourself that 10 minutes to finish that book, sit quietly with a hot chocolate or watch your favourite Christmas movie.
In a year that has be difficult for everyone what a positive way to end 2020 and welcome 2021 with kindness.