#KindKeynsham Daily #Kindness Themes

#KindKeynsham Daily #Kindness Themes

As part of our Kind Keynsham initiatives we have started the idea of different daily kindness related themes.

We start small, and as the week progresses move outwards, so that we create a ripple of kindness starting with ourselves and moving as far as possible right out into the wider world.

Aside from helping other people, we want to encourageeveryone to get involved regardless of what matters to them, so kindness canmean:

• MONDAY : Kindnessto self: often very hard for people to do! It may be something as simple as taking a few minutes' breather to do a mindfulness breathing exercise

• TUESDAY: Kindnessto loved ones: expressing appreciation, running a hot bath, doing a choreunasked, writing a letter or email to someone or phoning them

• WEDNESDAY : Kindnessto colleagues: making a cup of coffee, praising work etc.

• THURSDAY: Kindnessto strangers : open a door, let someone out in traffic; maybe buy a #suspendedcoffee at one of our participating coffee shops

• FRIDAY: Kindnessto the community : helping in a local group, shopping in local shops, donatingitems to charity shops etc.

• SATURDAY: Kindnessto animals: your own pets (re-home a cat/dog), wildlife (feed the garden birds,or the ducks at the pond), support RSPB, RSPCA etc.

• SUNDAY : Kindnessto the environment: picking up litter, buying sustainably sourced productsetc., planting wildflowers

All these small deeds not only help the people on thereceiving end, but also those giving the kindness, and this helps to connectpeople with each other and with the world.

Why not follow our #kindness themes on our Kind Keynsham facebook page www. facebook.com/kindkeynsham or Twitter feed @keynshamaction and please do join and and post suggestions or experiences using #kindness_connects

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