In A World Where You Can Be Anything...Be Kind
Why is Kindness good for us?
There’s loads of really insightful information, studies and findings online. Here’s one I came across whilst searching google that I feel sums it up pretty nicely. Thanks to Dr Emma Short for highlight this is her blog for Kindness UK
“Acts of kindness benefit everyone – the ‘giver’, the ‘receiver’ and society as a whole. Research has shown that the performance of selfless acts may have positive health benefits.
A study looking at 1790 adults aged between 57 and 85 reported that those who participated in voluntary activities had lower levels of C-Reactive Protein (CRP) in their blood12. CRP is an indicator of inflammation and is associated with chronic diseases such as hypertension, stroke and heart disease.
Volunteering has also been linked to positive well-being, reduced symptoms of depression, improved self-ratings of health and better control of blood pressure reviewed in 12.”
Kindness in Coventry
There’s so much kindness going on in Coventry. It warms my heart knowing that there are people who are looking out for each other. Here is just a small selection of some of the things I know about. Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to feature on the Feel Good Community Blog…
1. Creative Kindness started just over a year ago at the Central library. The purpose of the group was to bring people together to create small acts of kindness that could be shared with others.
Since being in lockdown they have continued connecting, sharing skills, making and growing. They have a weekly Zoom session that runs every Thursday from 10.30-12. Check out their Facebook and Insta for more details
Home of Coventry’s first Social Supermarket; a community hub for eating well and connecting for wellbeing. Feeding Coventry is a registered charity working towards a hunger-free, food resilient City. During the lockdown, they have been serving the community with food donated by people from across Coventry – a real hive of activity they have continued to stay open despite a break-in and a pandemic!
I was inspired to doodle when I saw one of their recent posts on Facebook. I instantly recognised the chap in the photo as it was our local greengrocer, Tass. He owns Freshest on the Binley Road and we have been going to him for over 20 years. Tass has to be one of the nicest shop keepers we know – always stops to chat and lets us sample his fruit! When my other half fell over outside his shop he made him up a special balm to put on his cut. These little acts of kindness mean so much
My pal and fellow doodler, Spudragon shared this quote with me…I couldn’t agree more!
“A doodle a day, keeps the mental health at bay”
Mandip & Seyedeh are proposing a new movement as a part of Be Kind in Coventry. It called ‘Coupons for Kindness’. It’s a simple promise to come together to ask how we are all doing. This could be in the form of a coffee chat or just a phone call to check-in. They welcome your ideas.
In these unusual times, it is more important that we connect with each other and help everyone. They would like to invite you to join us for a brew & relaxed chat about the acts of kindness in our city. Get in touch via their Facebook
Igers Cov & Warks is a community group that supports and positively encourages all levels of local photographers, videographers and creatives.
They help people to feel good about Coventry & Warwickshire and the amazing creativity from their Community group. They encourage each other to have fun and show off some of the beautiful images captured in Coventry and Warwickshire. You can get involved over on Instagram by following along and sharing your photos using #igerscoventry or #igerswarwickshire for features. Also, check out their newly launched website
5. Be Kind in Coventry: Community coming together is a Facebook group that was started at the beginning of the crisis. The aim of this group is to provide a space for people in and around Coventry to offer support to each other – initially during this COVID period and then they will see what happens.
Global Kindness - become a Ractivist
Imagine finding a whole website full of kindness inspiration! Well Look no further – Random Acts Of Kindness have it covered!
From sharing other kindness movements such as ‘Happy Heart Hunts’ to ‘Peaceful Pen Friends’, sharing resources, blogs and school resources. It really is your go-to place when looking for things to get involved with. This will keep you going for weeks…
Independently social & ethical brand
As some of you may know I am developing a range of Feel Good products that will help to raise funds for more Feel Good events. Whilst looking for inspiration I came across ‘The Kindness Co-op’. I absolutely love what they have created. Now more than ever we need to think about supporting indie brands so I thought I would give these guys a shout out
The kindest approach to business
Lucie & Charlie are two Brighton & Hove based mums who have used their experiences to create a kindness brand that not only raises awareness of why being kind is cool but they also give a % to a mental health charity – Young Minds.
Both Lucie & Charlie have faced life-changing illnesses – one mental and one physical, during which times they were shown enormous kindness and now they feel it’s their turn to pay it forward.
They are the founders of The Kindness Co-op – an ethical brand that promotes kindness towards each other (especially amongst children), ourselves and the environment.
“YoungMinds is the UK’s leading charity championing the mental health and emotional wellbeing of children and young people.
They exist so that young people have the strongest possible voice in improving their mental health. They strive to make sure everything, from Government policy to practice in schools and services, is driven by young people’s experiences and aspirations.
They support parents to help their children through difficult times, they equip professionals to provide the best possible support to the young people that they work with, and they empower young people to change their world.’
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Bye for now and remember Mental Health Matters. Kindness Matters.
As my friend Amber, from Creative Kindness beautifully said…
“Create kindness. Inspire change”
Love as always Melissa x