Helping others and being involved in our communities makes us feel good about ourselves. This can include anything from volunteering for a charity to helping a neighbour to simply smiling at someone on the street.

The science of kindness

You may recognise the expression “it is better to give than receive”, but did you know this is backed up by research?

People who are kind and compassionate see clear benefits to their wellbeing and happiness. Take a look at the Mental Health Foundation’s Kindness Matters guide.

In this webinar from Unmind, Michaela Thomas, clinical psychologist, couples therapist, and founder of The Thomas Connection, tackles the topic of self-compassion and kindness, and explains why being kind to ourselves and the people around us is a key foundation for our mental wellbeing.


Why kindness is contagious

In a recent edition of his Feel Better Live More podcast Dr Rangan Chatterjee chats to pharmacist-turned-author Dr David Hamilton.

David explains why kindness is contagious and how just one small act of kindness is proven to have a ripple effect that reaches over 100 more people.

Watch below:

Dr Chatterjee also challenges us to make time for a five-minute act of kindness today. See it as something extra, a conscious effort to go above and beyond what you might normally do for others.


Volunteering

Take a look at the NCO website for information on volunteering and coronavirus.

The Community Action Network volunteering hub includes volunteering opportunities and support and advice on all aspects of volunteering across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

And Volunteer Centre Dorset has information on volunteering opportunities, too.


Random acts of kindness

The Random Acts of Kindness blog has loads of kindness ideas, plus lots of kindness printables, including this list of 50+ ways to be kind:

From the Random Acts of Kindness blog