2020 has been a rollercoaster. The first couple of months were normal enough but life has been strange since the UK was placed on lockdown in March due to the threat of COVID-19. We’re all trying to stay positive but sadly, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight right now.
Some days are better than others for me personally. It can be nice staying at home, knowing that my family is safe and having extra free hours to spend on video games and finding new hobbies; but sometimes I feel like I’m climbing the walls and just need to get out of the house. Spending so much of my time in front of my laptop for both work and socialising tends to leave me digitally drained and there are some evenings where I can’t bear to pick up the controller.
I think this is normal though and similar feelings are likely to be hitting a lot of people. Humans are wired to focus on the negatives affecting them so, even if something good happens during the day, we almost immediately go back to our previous state. But what if we started paying more attention when those positive things appear? And what if we took it a step further, by making a point of trying to create those moments that put a smile on someone else’s face or make their afternoon a bit brighter?
This is what World Kindness Day is about today: to stop seeing them as random and begin thinking of them as intentional acts of kindness. We’re all encouraged to look for ways to make kindness the norm in our daily lives and take some time to recognise when those positive moments are happening. Even something small – sending an uplifting text message, paying someone a compliment, letting a driver out in front of you with a smile – can make a big change to how we’re feeling.
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Kindness starts with one little act and if there are enough of them, then there are definitely brighter days ahead.
Video game lover, Later Levels blogger and SpecialEffect volunteer. Big fan of wannabe pirates and fine leather jackets.