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Kindness makes you happier and healthier and it starts with yourself, if you’re focusing all your kindness onto others and ignoring you then in the end it will make you feel tired and resentful.

To be truly kind, we need to slow down a bit and take the time to be more aware of ourselves and other people. But in our over-busy world that can be a challenge.

If you’re like most Mums, life is pretty full on – working, kids and all their activities, maybe you’re hoping to meet the person of your dreams, a busy social life and keeping with all those Facebook and Instagram posts. Then there’s our natural tendency to put our hands for that extra thing – a fun run, organising a play date. Why do we think we’re the only ones who can do this?

We can start to bring more kindness into our whole lives by cultivating feelings of positivity towards ourselves. Think about the people you love and how your treat them – doing things to help them, hugging them, making them feel special, safe and secure. How often do you that for yourself? It’s easy to be dismissive of our own health, our time.

And, really, it starts with baby steps. Start to notice small things that are positive, quite ordinary things.

  •          How lovely your baby smells
  •          The soft fur of a pet,
  •          The wind caressing your cheek,
  •          Birds chirping overhead,
  •          Sand between your toes

…. At the end of day just jot down some of these things, aim to make a list of 10! Don’t stop at 4 or 5. Do this every day for several weeks and remember even the smallest things. And you can write the same thing every day it doesn’t matter. What matters is we noticed the little pleasures.

Then see after while if you can expand this kindness out to others. Small acts of kindness towards others help us to connect and that’s good for our overall health and well-being. These are few things that you can do and notice how they make you feel.

  •          Pay for a stranger’s coffee
  •          Phone a friend just to see how they’re going
  •          Give someone your favourite book
  •          Show gratitude to the bus driver, the shop assistant, your barista
  •          Smile at everyone you see

As we begin to practice being kind to ourselves and other notice how it makes you feel.  Keep the following in mind: Kindness isn’t weakness or self-serving, it takes courage. It’s easy to slip into sentimentality or pity and if you feel that then maybe just do things for others with a light touch. Remember to maintain the balance between giving and receiving.

How do you practice kindness? Share with us in the comments.

  • you really can make a person’s day by being kind and it costs nothing! kindness and caring is a great trait. It is absolutely wonderful to see these traits in the younger generations so let’s teach them well.

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  • A smile and a pleasant comment is so great to receive and also to give.

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  • One day I could see a young Mum stuggling to pacify a small tired baby and load her groceries onto the checkout at the same time. I offered to help the lady and was interrupted by another one who basically told me to mind my own business. It upset the Mum terribly…and I have to confess I felt annoyed with the other person becuase of the impact on the Mum. Then the other person was rude enough to tell her to go home and do her shopping when her baby wasn’t crying. The Mum then turned around and said “Do I starve myself and in the process starve my baby? There is very little food left in the house. My baby has reflux and is hard to settle”. No apology was given at all.

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  • If you have to think about how to do random acts of kindness then quite simply you are not a kind person and you probably won’t ever be all that happy.

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  • I live my life with random acts of kindness and always give books and other items away that I no longer use. I love passing on things that someone else may enjoy. It is easy to make money from items, but I prefer to pass them on and get the reward of just feeling good – the feeling is priceless.

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  • I think we should all commit random acts of kindness every day. It will improve someone else’s life as well as your own


    • I agree and it is easy to do too and the feel good endorphins are just so good.

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  • So true, acts of kindness kind can make the day for the other but has also such a positive impact on yourself !

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  • some good advice there. Some people really ought to try harder to be kind to others. It costs nothing.

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  • Yes, simple acts of kindness are too easy to do and can really make someone’s day

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  • A smile is a lovely gift to give and it doesn’t cost a cent!

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