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Be Kind this December

As 2022 has been a pretty rubbish year for lots of people, we’re running a completely free BuddyBoost challenge called ‘Be Kind’ with the aim of getting as many people as possible to do something kind every day from 1-24 December.

Why kindness?

Well, kindness is actually really good for our mental health. When you are kind to another person, your brain’s pleasure and reward centres light up, as if you were the recipient of the good deed-not the giver. This phenomenon is called a “warm glow” or “helper’s high”. Plus kindness is proven to reduce stress, lower blood-pressure, slow ageing, reduce inflammation as well as making you feel amazing. Plus it's catching, so let's spread some kindness this December!

You can read more about the benefits of kindness here.

What kind activities can I do?

Everyday you log that you have done a kind activity. It can be anything you like, but here are some suggestions:

  • Give someone directions.

  • Do a litter pick on your street.

  • Call an elderly relative for a chat.

  • Do shopping for a neighbour or friend, especially if they are elderly or unwell.

  • Stop and talk or buy a Big Issue from a homeless person.

  • Volunteer for a charity or at an event.

  • Give up your seat on the bus or train.

  • Babysit for your friends and give them the night off.

  • Babysit for your friends and give them the night off

  • Donate something to a charity, whether it be money, unwanted clothes, or even giving blood.

  • Do a chore that your partner or housemate hates.

  • Leave a positive message on a social media post.

  • Spread some positivity by leaving someone a nice note or text.

  • Leave a nice review for a local business that you've visited.

  • Simply smile at everyone you see today.

  • Say thank you to someone you think is doing a good job.

  • Take some time to be kind to yourself, or do a gratitude journal.

How do I join?

To get you in the mood for your kindness challenge, watch our kindness poem by Elvis McGonagall and enjoy!

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