6 ways to show kindness every day.

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Kindness is a choice and the more we choose to respond with kindness the more natural it will become. We must remember that It isn’t always apparent on the outside what struggles others may be facing are on the inside.

The good thing about kindness is that it’s contagious… it all starts with one act – one smile, one coffee for a person in need, one favour for a friend.

Here are a few simple ways to show kindness:

1 – Have a judgement free day.

Make today a day free of judgement in your words, thoughts and actions. Don’t let your fears or insecurities get in the way of truly getting to know someone.

2 – Encourage a classmate.

Who doesn’t love a little cheering on? Sometimes a few words of encouragement really go a long way if someone is feeling uncertain or unmotivated.

3 – Make a donation.

Even the smallest amounts can help.  Whether this is donating a food tin to the collection box at the check-out in the supermarket or sparing a few pennies to local charities.

We know that being a student means that sometimes funds can be tight, why not donate your time instead? Volunteer a few hours at a local charity shop, not only does this do wonders for the soul and the community it looks great on your C.V.

4 – Smile more.

“If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours” Smiling not only shows people that you are happy it is proven to make you feel happier and those around you.

5 – Strike up a conversation with a stranger.

For most people, striking up a conversation with strangers can be intimidating. However, doing so can lead to rewarding conversations and maybe brighten someone’s day that you took the time out to say hello. Why not strike up a conversation up someone in the library or the canteen and ask them what they are reading or what’s on the menu today?

6 – Give up your seat.

We all dash to get that last seat on the bus or the tram and feel some satisfaction that we don’t need to stand up hanging on for dear life to our stop. However, next time you are on a crowded tram or bus, why not give up your seat to the struggling mother or elderly person? Your kindness will not go unnoticed. 

So, if you want to feel instantly happier, try one of our top tips and spread the kindness on.

Help stop hunger in the UK

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailAs the term draws to an end and Christmas is fast approaching, you’re probably feeling excited and getting ready to head home to your loved ones for Christmas.

And although for many, Christmas can be an exciting time of year, for those people living in poverty, this time of year can present its own difficulties. Some people are struggling to buy the basics, like food, and being able to afford toiletries and cleaning products can be out of the question, let alone having the money to buy extras like a Christmas tree or gifts.

But that’s where charities such as The Trussell Trust come in. They help to make a difference and provide support to those in desperate need – not just over this festive period, but all year round.

The Trussell Trust runs a network of over 420 foodbanks, which work out of more than 1,200 centres across the UK and provide emergency food to people referred for support. Offering food, support services and signposting, the foodbanks all over the UK are there to help people out of the cycle of poverty.

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That’s why this December, we’ve chosen to support The Trussell Trust with their Christmas Appeal. In the reception of Lace Market Studios, you’ll find a very festive looking collection box where students and staff can donate any unwanted food items.

So, before you head home, why not check your cupboards and see what’s lurking at the back that you’ve not yet used. Whether it’s pot noodles and pasta, or soup and cereal, as long as it hasn’t been opened and is a non-perishable food item, we’d really appreciate your donations.

Although providing emergency food will not make someone’s Christmas perfect, it will help stop people going hungry, and remind them that they are not alone or forgotten.

To find out more about our collection at Lace Market Studios please pop down to Reception.