A couple of weeks ago I had popped into my coffee shop, and on return to my car, I found a note under my windscreen wiper. It said ‘this is a random act of kindness, for their 30th birthday, and may it bring me happiness’. The gentleman from the book shop came out and asked what it was, he had received an envelope too. In his envelope, he had a scratch card, he told me how happy he was that someone had thought of him, as he had been having a bad day. My envelope had a box of chocolates that my daughter and I went on to devour. With this in mind, I wanted to bring some optimism to your feeds. Even the smallest acts of kindness and compassion can have a such an impact on peoples’ lives.
In my latest article for Worth Living, I talk about thriving after depression, http://worthliving.co/2019/01/12/thriving-after-major-depression/, in this there are lots of examples of people who go on to thrive after having depression, and this is a way we can help.
Paige (18) lives in Sunderland (UK), she wrote 40 small notes and attached those notes at the Wearmouth Bridge in Sunderland. She wrote beautiful words on those notes with positive life statements such as “Even when things are difficult, your life matters, you are a bright light in a dark world. Hang in there!” or “Don’t give up! Not today, not tomorrow, never!”.
Her goal was to show that it is totally okay to not be okay.
One of the people who saw her notes, when they were feeling desperate, said it was hard to live with depression, and they were so lonely, which is why she had gone to the bridge. She needed someone to acknowledge her feelings and tell her everything will be okay. She added that without those notes her boys wouldn’t have anyone anymore.
Research shows that helping others can be beneficial to our own mental health. It can reduce stress, improve our emotional wellbeing and even benefit our physical health.
I hope this gives hope and it shows how small acts of kindness can make a difference. Even if you don’t feel that it is such a big deal. For someone else it means the world.
So thank you to the person who thought of me on that day and Happy Birthday. I hope all the kindness you put into the world comes right back to you.
Today why not…
- Carry out a random act of kindness for somebody else
- Note a random act of kindness someone does for you