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Kindness at Christmas

15th Dec 2021

Christmas can be a time when emotions are magnified and when feelings can feel more intense. With this year, like last year, looking set to keep us on an emotional rollercoaster right to the end, it’s never been more important to show kindness to those around us. Kindness creates a positive impact not only upon the recipient, but also upon the giver, meaning its impact creates a ripple of happiness to all involved. It means that with just one random act of kindness, we can create such a difference in the lives of others at what may be an extremely difficult or emotional time for them. Sometimes it can feel hard to be kind to others when we are struggling ourselves, but that’s the time when we perhaps need to dig deep and remind ourselves of the impact we can make. It’s also worth remembering that in carrying out a random act of kindness for another, it also makes us feel better about ourselves too and reinforces to us the value we can add to the world. At times when we feel overwhelmed or mentally drained it can be hard to see that and by just one act, we can so quickly see the power of our influence.

So, what can we do to ‘add value’ and be kind to another this Christmas?

  1. Consider donating unwanted or used, but in good condition, toys to either refuges or offering them up on local social media sites to other families to allow those struggling to provide for their families this Christmas.
  2. Consider a reverse advent calendar donation to your church this year. For every day of advent fill a box with foodstuffs and hygiene products that could help a homeless person over the Xmas period.
  3. Check in on your friends and neighbours. It costs nothing to ask, ‘Are you ok?’ to another. A little bit of kindness can go a long way when we are feeling alone.
  4. Consider giving the gift of a charity donation this year. If there is one close to your heart or to the heart of someone close to you, consider a donation to it instead of a gift this year.
  5. Do you know of someone struggling, either mentally or financially – could you do something to help? Even if you can just spare half an hour to lend an ear that can sometimes make all the difference.
  6. Smile at strangers. Smile at those you see in the street. It could make all the difference to their day. It’s nice to be nice
  7. Say thank you to someone. If you have seen them do something kind either for you or another, take the time to acknowledge that to them.

Let’s give the gift of kindness to one another this Christmas and watch the difference it makes.

 

Written by Lucy Howard, BulliesOut Head of Media and Content

 

 

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