Here my plan for weekly (or more frequent) acts of kindness I want to put into practice over the coming months. The goal is to make these into a habit. Because helping others apparently makes us happier too and creates a feeling of happiness that lasts longer than any quick fix like a treat or a purchase. Acts of kindness create a positive feedback loop. So what’s not to like about little acts of kindness?
Most of us have good intentions to live more sustainably but at least for me they are often difficult to implement. Small changes can make a big difference and are a lot easier to maintain than radical changes; so here topics I want to think about more in depth to make better choices in the future. It’s simple but beating a habit is tricky, especially if it involves making once own’s choices and versus the barrage of advertising we are fed with on a daily basis.
… you haven’t heard from in a while.
As it gets disproportionally harder to get out of bed in the mornings now that we are losing a couple of minutes of daylight every day, think of those who may suffer from any kind of mild depression or who may be a little lonely – or whom we just haven’t heard from in a while. It’s certainly most difficult to second guess who may be in a dark place, just think of Robin Williams.
Who could say for certain which of our friends, acquaintances or former colleagues may be affected? Not necessarily in a way that they won’t be able to cope with but still I would much rather prefer to have checked and spent a few minutes for a phone call than feeling sorry.
When I was a child we often took in small hedgehogs that still weren’t in hibernation at this time of the year. I have a distinct memory of one hedgehog running around in the living room under the Christmas tree on Christmas Day, he had never gone into hibernation.
Today I’ve decided to make a stranger’s day a little better. On the commute back home from work, in a train full of downbeat and sad looking people I picked my victim (a particularly stressed looking woman). Continue reading “Make somebody else’s day – pay a compliment to a stranger”