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Active Kindness

Active Kindness


As we lead up to the holiday season our focus has been on kindness – at work, at home and in our community.


Our 2023 holiday message focused on –

Believe in self love,

Believe in empathy,

Believe in gratitude,

Believe in mindfulness,

Believe in good hearts,

Believe in BIG dreams,

Believe in the power of good stories to change lives,

Believe in KINDNESS -

Believe in YOU!


I was at a holiday event last night and I was speaking to a group of colleagues about active kindness in the workplace. Too many of them had no idea that there was a drastic difference between kindness and active kindness.


Active Kindness

Imagine a world where you can succeed by being nice.

Where we all pay it forward.

Where people look out for each other.

It all starts with an act.


Here are a few examples:

  1. Call a friend that you haven’t spoken to for a while

  2. Send a letter to a grandparent

  3. Send flowers to a friend

  4. Offer to pick up some groceries for your elderly neighbour

  5. Send someone a handwritten note

  6. Offer to babysit for a friend

  7. Walk your friend’s dog

  8. Tell your family members how much you love and appreciate them

  9. Help your parents with household chores

  10. Help a friend get active

  11. Make someone laugh

  12. Offer to cook for a friend or family member

  13. Make a cup of tea for a friend or family member

  14. Help with a household chore at home or for a friend

  15. Host an informal get together and invite your neighbours to get to know each other

  16. Tell someone you know that you are proud of them

  17. Tell someone you know why you are thankful for them

  18. Send a motivational text to a friend who is struggling

  19. Send someone you know a joke to cheer them up

  20. Send someone you know a picture of a cute animal

  21. Send an inspirational quote to a friend

  22. Send an interesting article to a friend

  23. Put a surprise note or drawing on someone’s desk

  24. Contact someone you haven’t seen in a while and arrange to meet face to face

  25. Engage in conversation with a shop assistant when paying at the till


Gestures of active kindness can also be used in the workplace.


Things to consider:

  • Sing a colleague's praises to their boss.

  • Gift your favourite book to a colleague.

  • Say good morning.

  • Leave motivational messages on sticky notes in random places.

  • Pay for the person behind you in the coffee shop.

  • Volunteer to make a round of tea.

  • Tidy up a mess you didn’t make.

  • Invite someone to lunch.

  • Speak to someone you've never spoken to before.

  • Listen to a colleague.

  • Leave a thank you note for the cleaners.

  • Give someone a compliment during a meeting.

  • Become a career matchmaker.

  • Help someone complete a task.

  • Offer to give someone a lift home.

  • Check in with someone you've not spoken to for a while.

  • Offer to mentor someone.


Research shows that helping others can be good for our mental health. It reduces stress, improves our emotional well-being and even benefits our physical health. In short, doing good does you good.


It’s essential to look out for each other in and around our communities. This is how we protect and maintain good mental health for all.


If you do nothing else today, keep an eye out for an opportunity to help someone with a random act of kindness or hold onto that warm feeling when someone helps you.


Doing something nice for someone doesn't cost a lot of time or money. It's the small things in life that can make a big difference.


As we transition into the New Year, lets all practice Active Kindness.


MCCA Executive Director



 

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