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Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness Week is February 11-17, 2024, and its easy to get involved. Simply look for opportunities to share kindness, care and compassion for others- and yourself. No act of kindness is too small and can be informal and simple. Why not try sharing a smile with the person on the supermarket checkout, open a door for someone, greet a person in public or offer an act of kindness in your own home.

Life is a journey, sometimes it feels like we are walking in the blue sky and sunshine, admiring the view from the peaks. Whereas at other times it seems far harder, a struggle which may feel as if were going uphill with storms and difficulties, times when it can feel lonely and cold.

Developing kindness is an important part of being a happy person. Being kind to others can make us feel genuinely happy in a number of different ways. Everyone wants to feel valued, and we can all play an important role in society by making a positive impact, even in small ways. One of the most powerful ways we can do this is through being kind. Genuine kindness lifts us up, inspires and motivates us and pushes us to do more both for ourselves and for others.

Every time we practice kindness, we not only become kinder, but we also improve other virtues that come along with it such as patience, tolerance, gratitude compassion and love. These virtues can be improved by being aware and practicing mindfulness. Perhaps a lot of the time you are so busy rushing through life, going through the motions each day that you feel you are only surviving rather than living. Our book, and course Slow Down and Be helps to teach you how to practice mindfulness, and being kind to yourself, and others. It contains links to free mindfulness audio resources and meditations.


Being Kind to Yourself

Its very easy to be tough on yourself and to let upsetting thoughts take over at times. We can sometimes do this a lot, often much more than we realise – we are often kinder to others than we are to ourselves. Take a step back and consider how you look after yourself. When things seem difficult or hard, whats the tone of voice you use or how do you speak inwardly to yourself? Encouraging and warm … or critical and pulling you down?

What would it be like if you let yourself off the hook of your own self-judgement and critical inner thoughts? Most people just want to be happy, healthy and at ease. We would want that for someone we cared for such as a loved child, parent, or friend. How could you allow yourself to experience the same kindness right now?

Practice recognising and choosing not to listen to your inner critic. Realising that life- and us as human beings- are imperfect. Instead accepting you as you are, with all your strengths and weaknesses. Celebrating who you are and the journey you are on. Like all living things, we flourish in an environment of warmth and kindness, rather than cold and critical. How can you begin to be a little kinder to yourself? 

When we accept our perceived flaws, and show ourselves kindness, we practice self-compassion. Its often a lot easier than it sounds, but with the right approach and repeated practice, we can learn to make it a habit that sticks. Discover more about building kindness towards yourself by practicing mindfulness techniques and kindness meditations in the linked audio files here.

Being Kind to Others

In a similar way, it can really pay to practice kindness towards other people. It is easier to be kind to someone who is kind to you and who you care about. If you have any harsh critical thoughts and judgements around a person, you might like to try and see what it is like to wish that person well. Lets not try to forget that we are all searching for the same thing- to be happy, healthy, and well.

It may be harder to develop compassionate thoughts about others- people you dont know so well, the cashier in the supermarket, the postman or other passengers on the bus. Imagine having a warm and compassionate attitude towards them?  Download our kindness to others linked audio here.

Say Thank You

One of the easiest ways to be kind is by saying thank you. Its easy to notice what you havent got or to focus on the negative things in life. However, if we choose to be thankful towards the people and things in our lives, we acknowledge others and build up bonds.

Being kind and developing kindness does not require much research or planning, there are ways of being kind that may take no more than 30 seconds out of your day! Try saying thank youor I really appreciate you’ and you will most likely see peoples faces light up and youll find theres more kindness in the world than you perhaps thought.

Don’t put it off, you can start today- smile at someone, or everyone you meet. Make connections in any way that you can, by phone, video call or a smiley hello to a passer-by in the street. Remember that what you send out often comes back. Being kind to someone else makes you feel good straight away, so start today spread a little kindness and let your kindness cause a ripple effect of goodness. 

Did you notice anyone being kind to you or others as you went about your business today, or on your way to work or taking the children to school? Or are you just too busy getting on with things…..

Some more ideas for generating kindness.

  1. Compliment a stranger.
  2. Donate some goods to your local food bank.
  3. Make a donation to a charity or donate your time!
  4. Write a note telling someone how much you appreciate them.
  5. Surprise your coworker with their favourite coffee or treat.
  6. Call your parents or family and let them know you appreciate them.
  7. Say thank youto someone who makes a difference in the community.
  8. Reconnect with an old friend.
  9. Email or write to an old teacher, boss or mentor who inspired you.
  10. Write a kind thank you note on the check for your server after dinner.



We hope you enjoyed reading this blog and that it has motivated you to try some of the ideas and see what happens.

If you have been touched by a random act of kindness we’d love to hear about it! admin@llttf.com

The Living Life to the Full Team.

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