This is the fourth blog in our 5 Ways to Wellbeing series, and we’re sharing some tips on acts of giving and kindness.
Acts of kindness have the potential to make the world a happier place, for everyone.
Doing something nice for someone, such as saying ‘thank you’ or a simple smile can be rewarding, and helps to create connections with others. Research suggests that carrying out acts of kindness, small or large, can increase happiness, confidence, life satisfaction, and general sense of wellbeing.
They may also encourage others to repeat the good deeds they've experienced themselves – contributing to a more positive community! Here are some ideas to get you started:
If you only have a few minutes:
- Quite often, a simple ‘thank you’ goes a long way towards making someone feel appreciated. Why not send a handwritten thank you note to someone? Or put a sign up on your window for the postman/woman or passers-by.
- Reach out to the community and see if there’s anything you can do such as being a phone buddy for a neighbour.
- Make someone laugh! There’s an old saying that laughter is the best medicine, and this couldn’t be more true. Share a joke or tell a funny story to help boost someone’s mood.
If you have an hour:
- Try sharing the things you love with others through an online skill swap. Skillbound is an online platform where like-minded people can meet and exchange skills. You could end up learning a new language, how to cook new recipes and top gardening tips, all in a couple of weeks!
- Reach out to a friend or family member. There is nothing more valuable than hearing the voice of a loved one on the phone or seeing them on video. Video sharing platforms such as Zoom can be easy to use and are great ways to stay connected (if you’re not sure, there’s help here).
- Get involved with local charity projects. Lots of charities are looking for homemade blankets, teddies and children's clothes, as well as scrubs, laundry bags and mask comforters for NHS and social care workers. Do-it is a great place to start for volunteering opportunities, as you can choose from projects that you can do from home.
- Why not drop off a small gift to a loved one on your daily walk? Something small such as a handwritten card, or a sweet treat might just make their day (please follow Covid-19 guidance and note restrictions relating to social distancing and essential travel).
And finally, whilst it’s great to help other people, please make sure you don’t take on too much, don’t forget you need to be kind to yourself as well!
**Any reference in this article to any organisation, activities, products or services, or links to websites of another party, does not constitute or imply endorsement, recommendation or favouring by Guinness Care, and other options may be available which are not mentioned here. Please check directly with each organisation about their activities and services, as these may be subject to change.