Pay it forward
WORLD KINDNESS Day takes place on November 13th, a moment to reflect on what being kind means, as well as think about how we can be more compassionate to those around us. A report from earlier this year found that a third of Brits show a gesture of goodwill every day, while three-quarters reported it makes their day when a stranger shows them a small act of kindness. Being kinder is empowering and fulfilling, offering a meaningful connection with others. Here’s how to make sure your kindness cup is full…
A simple smile has far-reaching effects. It’s the universal language of kindness that doesn’t cost a penny yet can help to make you and those around you feel fantastic.
Give the gift of love by smiling at those who cross your path.
And try smiling inwardly – in ancient traditions like Taoism and Buddhism, this exercise is a powerful way to express gratitude. Close your eyes and visualise yourself smiling at every part of yourself.
This simple act will direct healing energy around your body so you feel happier and healthier.
Holding a grudge creates negative energy in your body, which is harmful for your physical and mental health. And while forgiveness isn’t always easy, it’s an empowering response that allows you to free yourself of unwanted emotions.
One way to exercise kindness when you’re feeling hurt is to write down how you’re feeling and visualise setting the person free of the anger you’re carrying. It takes practise but, over time, this exercise will help to heal emotional wounds.