Acts of kindness have the potential to make the world a happier place. While we want to see a world where kindness is built into business decisions, government policy and official systems, we also want to shine a light on the ways that kindness is already flowering at this time.
Almost two-thirds of UK adults say that being kind to others has a positive impact on their mental health.
Dr Suba Thiyagalingam is a locum Doctor in A & E who has been working throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. She told us that while it has been a very challenging time, as anticipated, the one thing she didn’t anticipate was the immeasurable acts of kindness and gratitude that she has experienced. These have been Suba’s saving grace – as she says "the cumulative effect of these acts of kindness have kept my jug filled so I can keep doing my job" - Read Suba’s story.
Another way to life out spirits is singing and it is also great for our mental health, so I am delighted that Rock Choir, the largest contemporary choir in the UK, are hosting a 24hour fundraising extravaganza raising money for the Mental Health Foundation, running throughout today AND tonight - this is Rock Choirs own act of kindness to us. Featuring singing sessions, songs from across the decades, as well as video messages from their own key worker choir members and their celebrity friends, such as Jess Glynne, Michael Ball and Sir Cliff Richard, to name but a few!