Kindness. It’s a small word, but kindness can have a huge impact on the wellbeing of people around us.
So much so that 17th February has been officially designated Random Acts of Kindness Day.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines kindness as: the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.
So, how can we put kindness into practice, both in the workplace and in our day-to-day lives?
Kindness in action
At work, why not…
• send an email to a colleague saying thank you for their hard work or, better still, tell them in person
• surprise a teammate with a kind Post-it note on their desk
• bake a cake, and share it around the office
• ask people to bring in spare coats and blankets for donation to a homeless shelter
• if someone’s stressed or snowed under, offer to help, or…
• make them a cup of tea and ask them if they need a minute to chat.
To really embed an ethos of kindness in the workplace, why not present a monthly award to the colleague for the most inspiring random act of kindness?
Inspire a smile
Outside of work, random acts of kindness can range from simply saying thank you, paying for a stranger’s cup of coffee, or leaving a note to someone you love.
Kindness can take many forms, from a planned activity, to something spontaneous – the list is endless. You could check on an elderly neighbour, volunteer to pick up litter, or adopt a rescued cat or dog (although make sure you think properly about that one…)
Equally as important – be kind to yourself! Take time to sit down with a good book, relax in a bubble bath or arrange to meet a friend for lunch.
Everyone can embrace random acts of kindness – and, as an added bonus, kindness can be free!
For more inspiration, take a look at https://www.randomactsofkindness.org