Kindness has been chosen because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. Kindness strengthens relationships, develops community and deepens solidarity. It is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health. Wisdom from every culture across history recognises that kindness is something that all human beings need to experience and practise to be fully alive.
Many staff who work in the housing sector at at the frontline of the coronavirus crisis. Caring for old or vulnerable residents and continuing to carry out essential repairs in homes – making sure residents are safe and secure.
Kindness is defined by doing something towards yourself and others, motivated by genuine desire to make a positive difference. We know from the research that kindness and our mental health are deeply connected. The research shows that kindness is an antidote to isolation and creates a sense of belonging. It helps reduce stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships. Kindness to ourselves can prevent shame from corroding our sense of identity and help boost our self-esteem. Kindness can even improve feelings of confidence and optimism. What have we been doing?
Our residents continue to inspire us. Supporting their neighbours. Lifting Spirits.
These community actions inspire others as we discover our connection to each other and extend kindness to ourselves. Please watch the video below which shines a light on the acts of kindness we have seen in our communities over the last few weeks: –