All Right? Campaign update: March 2017
Life has lots of up and downs for all of us.
You never know what any other person is dealing with at any time. Maybe the driver who just cut you off has been up all night worrying, maybe the man in the call centre just got some bad news, or maybe the barista who got your coffee order wrong is waiting on test results.
Everyone has a story and being kind to those you encounter can make a huge difference to their day. And if you read on… you’ll find there’s something in it for you too!
The All Right? team
Kindness and happiness go together
Kindness is one of the Five Ways to Wellbeing and one of the most powerful activators of feeling good.
Being kind makes you happier than writing a gratitude journal or spending 20 minutes a day in silent meditation. That’s according to Neil Pasricha, author of the best-selling book The Happiness Equation.
Listen to Neil Pasricha speaking on Radio New Zealand this week. Quoting Stanford University research, Pasricha said that committing five random acts of kindness a week - such as holding the door open for someone, giving someone a flower, or writing a three sentence email to your old boss - will you make feel good about yourself all day.
One of the reasons kindness has such a big effect on your wellbeing is that it produces serotonin and oxytocin, two ‘feel good’ chemicals that help you feel happier, calmer, and more energetic.
Check out the All Right? website for more on the benefits of being kind.
Kindness - Canterbury's not-so-hidden strength
Over the last six years we’ve all faced more than our fair share of challenges. Earthquakes, floods, a few more earthquakes, and now fires. While each event has tested our ability to bounce back, they’ve also brought kindness well and truly to the surface. From baking for volunteers to offering up your spare room to those most affected, we’ve been great at finding ways to help following a scary event.
Last year All Right? encouraged Cantabrians to complete an online quiz designed to help people discover their top strengths. Not surprisingly the most common of the 24 strengths to emerge was kindness - closely followed by honesty and humour.
Start your kindness mini mission
Whether it’s catching up with a friend who needs a pick me up, letting a car into the traffic, or giving someone a compliment, there are thousands of ways we can share the love in Ōtautahi.
Are you up for a kindness mini mission? A great way to start would be throwing some compliments around…
Your kindness is contagious
Order one of our compliment posters to make your kindness mini mission even easier!
Try the All Right? App if you’re up for more – it’s full of great mini missions designed to give you a quick wellbeing pick me up.
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