Updated: Jul 17, 2020
You don’t just have to take our word for it that this headline is true. A seven day 2019 study found that those who were kind to others, themselves, or actively observed kindness around them, felt a boost to their happiness.
Randomactsofkindness.org says that being kind increases the love hormone, energy levels, happiness, lifespan, pleasure and levels of the feel-good hormone serotonin. It also says that it decreases pain, stress, anxiety, depression and blood pressure.
So there you have it – it’s science!
So we’ve pulled together some of the campaigns circulating around kindness at the moment, so you can see how to get involved. Whether you can give time, money, goods, or support, it all counts!
1. #COVAKchallenge – What Can We Do?
This is our own COVID-19 Acts of Kindness challenge, which aims to spread the love and kindness as far and wide as possible. It’s super easy to get involved:
Here are some of the amazing things people have been up to so far:
“I’ve subscribed to The Big Issue, generating income for vendors who are unable to continue working at this time, many of whom are homeless or in very vulnerable situations. You receive the magazine weekly, and it’s a fantastic read, so an act of kindness for the charity and also me!”
2. #KindnessMatters – Mental Health Foundation
The theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness Month is kindness. This year, Mental Health Awareness Week will take place from 18-24 May.
There are many ways to get involved, including on social media, sharing your acts of kindness using #KindnessMatters and #MentalHealthAwarenessweek; hosting a fundraising event; or attending their online Mental Health Arts Festival.
Find more information on their website or on their Instagram @mentalhealthfoundation
3. Kindness will keep us together - British Red Cross and Anthony Burrill
The British Red Cross has partnered with 11 artists across the UK, including British graphic artist, printmaker and designer Anthony Burrill, to sell limited-edition prints, postcards, mugs, t-shirts, tea towels and more which read ‘Kindness will keep us together’.
We can’t help but agree with that sentiment!
Browse their online gift shop and buy something to support them.
More info can be found on their website or their Instagram @britishredcross.