On Sunday 10 May Community Services #1 launched the Kindness Matters project. This new initiative aimed to create community connection and spread joy throughout Canberra and beyond. Research shows that performing acts of kindness can improve feelings of happiness, improve mental wellbeing and relationships.
Each week we will be sharing a suggested act of kindness idea on our website and social channels. We invite participants to share their deeds and see what others are doing by using the hashtag #kindnessmatters.
This project is open to anyone in our community – it may be something for your staff, clients, family or friends.
KINDNESS MATTERS TASK #1
Our first random act for our Kindness Matters project is here! Each week we will be challenging you to do something kind to spread joy in our community.
Task #1 is to send someone an ‘I’m thinking of you’ card!
Cards are just one way to keep in touch as well as to express emotions such as love, congratulations, condolences and gratitude. Although we live in a digital world, a card sent through the post or delivered in someone’s letterbox can mean a lot to both the sender and the recipient. Sometimes it can mean more than a phone call or email.
KINDNESS MATTERS TASK #2
The second act for our Kindness Matters project is here! Each week we will be challenging you to do something kind to spread joy in our community.
Receiving a compliment leads to similar activation in reward areas of the brain, such as the striatum, as receiving monetary gifts, which both motivate people to work and feel better. Giving a compliment also benefits the giver, by creating enjoyable interactions and leaving a good impression on someone.
Maybe you want to let someone know that they’ve done a great job helping you with a task, that you think they are a great singer, or that you simply like their shoes.
Whatever it may be, we know that giving someone a genuine compliment every day this week will truly improve both of your days.
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