A few weeks ago, I wrote about acts of kindness, and wondered what has happened to them. You just don’t see many these days.
I was so happy though with the response from this post. So many readers shared their experiences of having someone do something kind for them, or stories of what they had done for someone else.
It restored my faith in humanity that there are still so many kind people out there.
So let’s continue this, and help to bring back acts of kindness.
The media tends to bombard us with sad news and bad news. Very rarely do they highlight the wonderful things that people do for each other. Occasionally we hear stories of good Samaritans coming to someone’s aid, or of a story of survival in the aftermath of a natural disaster. But more often than not, these good news stories get buried under stories of sporting stars behaving appallingly. Overshadowed by stories of violence in our communities.
I understand that we want to know about what is going on in the world, but must we hear of so much sadness and cruelty? I, for one, would love to hear more stories of kindness. How people are helping others in their community. How people are making the effort to brighten someone else’s day.
So here is some information and ideas about how you can help others in your community. How you can brighten someone else’s day.
I recently came across a great initiative called The Nappy Collective. This operates across Australia and helps a lot of families. The Nappy Collective collects unused, unwanted disposable nappies and distributes them to some pretty amazing organisations that help families in need. And the good news is, you can get involved and start helping straight away.
They are collecting unused disposable nappies from 1-15 May, so if you have any unwanted leftover nappies that bub has grown out of, please consider donating them to The Nappy Collective. They have 214 collection points to make it easier for you to donate, and all details can be found on their website – http://www.thenappycollective.com/. They run two collections a year, so don’t panic if you can’t make the May collection. Pop those unwanted nappies aside ready for the next collection.
For my overseas followers who would love to get involved with something like this, check with your local community groups, councils and family support services to see if they have a similar initiative. If they don’t, this could be something amazing to start yourself. The Nappy Collective was started only a few years ago by a small group of mums, and has now managed to collect and donate over 226,000 disposable nappies. It only takes a few, to start something amazing.
I’m also on board to help spread the word of Make a mum smile in May – an idea by Michaela over at Not Another Slippery Dip. It’s all about simple acts of kindness towards mums and cheering each other up. Something as simple as telling someone that they’re doing a good job. You can read more about Make a mum smile in May, here.
Please seriously consider getting involved. It doesn’t cost a thing. Let Michaela know you heard about it here, and help spread the word using #makeamumsmile.
You don’t have to be a mum, or even know any mums though, to help us bring back acts of kindness.
Think of something simple you could do for a colleague.
Bring in a packet of chocolate biscuits to share at a meeting.
Offer to weed your elderly neighbour’s garden bed.
Do some volunteer work for a charity.
Donate some non-perishable goods to an organisation that supports families in crisis.
Smile at others instead of staring down at your phone.
Send a card to a friend to let them know you’re thinking of them.
Pick up rubbish at your local park.
If you still have time left on your parking ticket from a car park, pass it on to another driver as they enter the car park.
We can all do small, simple things.
Help us bring back acts of kindness. I’m excited about this, and I hope you are too.
What are some of the small things you have done to help brighten someone’s day?
Has someone done something kind for you?