Gah. The news.
I switched off the 24 hour news channel I had constantly running in the background of my daily life years ago, and I'm so much better for it.
That's not to say I'm not informed - I know the main news - but don't you ever find that the news can be a little bit one-sided?
Wouldn't it be nice to refresh your browser or see your phone light up with notifications about good deeds? About things that don't cost anything but make someone's day? Couldn't we all do with a bit more kindness at this time of year?
I think so.
High five to that.
And that's why I'm supporting an initiative dreamed up by Sarah from The School of Balance. Her and a friend committed to doing a random act of kindness each day, and the idea gained momentum. And I can see why. It's a great idea!
We're not talking expensive gifts or lavish gestures. Got some parking time left on your ticket? Poke it in the parking meter so someone else can enjoy the hour or two of free parking. Buy someone a cup of tea. Give a friend a compliment. Let someone go in front of you at the supermarket queue. Write someone a letter. Visit a friend for a chat and a cuppa. Bake someone something nice, as a surprise.
There are so many countless tiny little gestures we can do to give someone else a lift in their day.
You're probably doing many of these already. You readers are so the best.
And this is all good for us, too - science tells us that doing good deeds makes us feel good too. Giving gives you more, or so the psychologist quoted in this article says.
Anyway, record an act of kindness each day - you can post on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, for example - and give it the hashtag #AdventKindness. I'm going to be looking to see what lovely things people are up to. How beautiful.
Keep in touch with me and see mine each day on Facebook and Instagram - I'm in! Are you?
Let's spread the kindness.
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