Tips around how to spread some sunshine and kindness





Our tips on random acts of kindness

We’ve always been told to ‘be kind’, but this message has become a lot more prominent in recent times, and so it should! One small random act of kindness can make someone’s day, turn a person’s frown upside down or even completely change their bad week into a good one. We’re all about spreading some sunshine, putting smiles on people’s faces whether they’re on holiday or at home, and we think that being kind to one another during these uncertain times should be our top priority.

Now more than ever, people are needing that little boost that a random act of kindness can give them. From friends to family, your partner to the neighbour next door, or even a colleague to a complete stranger – why not spread a little sunshine and make their day by being kind? Big or small, if we all make an effort to spread some happiness, everything will seem that little bit sunnier! So, if you like the sound of spreading some sunshine, here are some ideas on how you can do it…

Have a socially distanced chat with your neighbour and ask if they need anything from the shop

Why not knock on next door for a socially distanced chat with your neighbour? Whether they live alone or live in a house full of kids, we’re sure they will appreciate a friendly face to have a natter with. Plus, you can go that extra step further and see if they need anything picking up from the shop when you go.

Send someone a letter or card to let them know you’re thinking of them

Knowing that someone is thinking of you is such a lovely feeling, isn’t it? If you’re missing someone special, or you’re just hoping that someone is ok, write them a letter or a card to let them know you’re thinking of them. Writing letters might be a bit alien to some of us now, with texting and social media being our main source of communication, but a letter or a card is something that seems more thoughtful and can be kept forever!

Arrange a zoom gathering

Whether it’s with friends, family, or you’re arranging a surprise for a loved one – arrange a zoom gathering one evening so you can socialise with your favourite people again! It might not be the same as meeting at the pub or hosting a dinner party, but a catch up with your loved ones is definitely needed from time to time and will leave everyone in high spirits after a virtual reunion.

Support small businesses

Small businesses need our help now more than ever. If you want to make a difference, try buying your groceries from the local green grocer, or order your take away from an independent restaurant. If you’re wanting to treat yourself to a new candle or want to send someone a gift, search for small independent businesses who will deliver, as they need our custom more than any big brands do and even the smallest purchase from their shop will put a smile on their face!

Make someone laugh

If you have the ability to tell a good joke or make someone chuckle, do it! Not everyone has that skill, but we all need a giggle from time to time, so why not show off your humour? Send a funny text, post something silly on your social media or even crack a joke with the checkout staff at your local shop – you know what they say, laughter is the best medicine…

Volunteer

If you’re fit and well and have some spare time or are struggling to keep yourself busy, why not volunteer some time to those in need? Whether you volunteer to help the NHS, go to the supermarket for a couple of your elderly or shielding neighbours, or sign up to a phone call scheme where you can have a chat with those living alone – every little bit of volunteer work goes a long way!

Volunteer

If you’re fit and well and have some spare time or are struggling to keep yourself busy, why not volunteer some time to those in need? Whether you volunteer to help the NHS, go to the supermarket for a couple of your elderly or shielding neighbours, or sign up to a phone call scheme where you can have a chat with those living alone – every little bit of volunteer work goes a long way!

Be kind to yourself

Yes, we’re all for being kind to others, but don’t forget to be kind to yourself too! Make sure to look after your own wellbeing by taking time out for self-care, making sure you get enough sleep and being kind to your mind. Try not to put pressure on yourself to complete house projects, excel at a new hobby or get into a strict workout routine – none of this matters. All that matters is that you’re feeling physically and mentally well through these tough times, so be kind to yourself!

Donate coats or food

Food banks, homeless shelters and refugee charities are all in need of supplies. If you have any old coats or clothes that you never wear, or even have some spare tins of food that you won’t eat, donating these to charity will make a huge difference to those who are struggling. Plus, you’ll be de-cluttering your home at the same time.

Call a friend

Possibly the simplest of them all, but oh-so effective. You never really know what’s going on in other people’s lives and minds, so a phone call to a friend could mean so much more to them than just a chat! Whether it’s to your loud friend, shy friend or a long-distance friend that you only really speak to twice a year, hearing your voice on the other end of the phone could be the mood booster they needed.
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