24 Days of Kindness Challenge: Day 24

ByLeah ✨ Community Manager /

Today we challenge you to slow down and make space for kindness.

One way to make space for kindness is to let someone cut in front of you at the grocery store, the bank, or even on the road. If you see someone lost, offer directions. If you see someone needing help with their car, an errand, a chore, practice kindness by helping out. There will be someone you cross paths with today who can use a bit of kindness. Give up your seat, give your time, donate, use any of the prompts from the last 24 days to offer support.

‘Tis the season of giving. Ironically, altruism benefits us in massive ways. Giving makes us happy, whether we are giving our time, money, or acts of kindness. Generosity releases oxytocin, which triggers feelings of pleasure, connection and trust. It also promotes cooperation and social connection. Furthermore, giving is good for our health! Helping others can decrease stress and lower blood pressure. Volunteering or offering emotional support has even been linked to longevity; studies show that people who give of themselves receive a physiological benefit.

When we slow down, when we are not in a rush to get anywhere or do anything, we have the space – both mentally and physically – to practice kindness. Where can you share your time? Where can you make a difference?

While today is the last day of the challenge, it doesn’t mean that our kindness practice is over.

Kindness is a muscle we must strengthen over time. Plus, sharing acts of kindness creates a ripple effect. Reading others’ acts of kindness releases oxytocin and serotonin, and also inspires others to share too.

Share your experiences on our world map. See previous 24 Days of Kindness Challenge prompts here.

 

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Favourite Acts

  • Today when I was at a coffee shop an older man and his young friend asked me to take a picture of them together. No problem! They were so thankful they offered to buy me a coffee. All I did was take a picture?? Really surprised by their gratitude and generosity! So lovely to have made this connection today!
  • KAZ

    You know how everything is about a line up these days? Well, it turns out the lineups for public restrooms, especially the Women’s at the beach on a sunny day, are epic. A friend of mine was in such a line, when she heard the woman behind her say she didn’t think she was going to make it. This poor woman was getting increasingly stressed so my friend, stepped up and went to the front of the line, braving angry looks to advocate for this complete stranger. She managed to get her in behind the woman who was first in line and then went back to her old spot. The woman who she advocated for came out a few minutes later, filled with gratitude for my friend. I admire this act of advocacy and kindness for a complete stranger.
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