Simple ways to spread kindness during the COVID-19 crisis
Kindness is good for the soul. Here are 17 ways to spread joy during the COVID-19 crisis.
If ever there was a time for sharing a little kindness, it is surely now. Science has shown that when we do something good for others, it not only benefits them, it also boosts our own health and wellbeing.
Researchers at the University of Sussex found that when people act with kindness, they feel better themselves. The 2018 study, which examined the brain scans of 1000 participants, found that acts of kindness measurably activated the reward centres of the brain. They also discovered that the more altruistic the gesture the more the brain’s reward areas glowed. The scientists declared the “warm glow of kindness is real”.
Closer to home Geelong’s Aamir Qutub, who set up the Angel Next Door website to connect people wanting to help others with those needing help, believes many of us feel an instinctive desire to be kind, but don’t know where to start.
Since setting up his secure anonymous website in March, more than 10,000 people have signed up to either give or receive help, such as picking up groceries or medicines. Each call for help receives an average of six offers to assist.
The good news is, being kind doesn’t have to involve a formal network or require grand, expensive gestures. It doesn’t even need to take up much time. Sometimes all it takes is a kind word or a heartfelt thank you to make someone’s day.
Here are 17 everyday things you can do to give someone else – and yourself – that warm inner glow that comes from kindness.