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Kindness Blog

This series of blogs is designed to spark ideas for building on the positive things that already happen. I’m always on the look-out for new writers, especially from under-represented groups who don’t always get a chance to have their voices heard. If you’d like to write for Time for Kindness, send me your kindness blog idea.

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Research into kindness

I believe that kindness is a positive thing. Whether you are being kind, you are receiving kindness or you notice it take place, you feel better as a result. So I am delighted that there is an increasing body of academic research that is proving this positive effect to be true. The Sussex Centre for […]

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3 reasons to celebrate kindness in young people

I’ve been thinking about kindness and young people. There are so many times when they are kind and it’s good to celebrate that. Kindness tools and attitude Factors such as the pandemic and the cost of living crisis put increasing pressure on young people’s mental health. In response, schools are building on their measures to

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What if… we support others by sharing stories?

This month’s guest blog highlights the impact you can have when you support other people to share their stories. Rupa and Vardeep are experienced communication professionals who bring their skills to this area of kindness and share practical suggestions for how you can do the same. Throughout our working lives, we’ve both had moments of

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What if … change is handled with kindness?

I first spotted this month’s guest, Dee Russell, taking about change on LinkedIn and I was delighted when they agreed to share their experience and tips with us. Change is often difficult but it can be a very different experience for all concerned when it is handled with kindness. I’ve led teams through organisational change

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What if … we practise the skill of thinking kindly?

My guest blog this month comes from the wonderful Rachel Stewart, a coach for career redesign. It’s a fascinating read of how we can take skills from one area of our life and apply them in a different context – in this case, the skill of thinking kindly. As a coach, my engagement with my

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Does the world need more kindness?

There is always room for more kindness. And yet, in telling ourselves that the world needs more kindness, we run the risk of missing all the kindness that we already have. Not the only story It is true that there is a lot of darkness and cruelty in the world right now. Near and far

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How to spot community kindness

I believe that kindness is powerful because it connects us all as human beings. My belief in that power means that I see it in all sorts of settings. One of those settings is within communities. Dictionaries usually define a community as a group of people with something in common. This could be the place

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See kind: what happens when we notice kindness?

Earlier this week I ran a lunch’n’learn session about the power of noticing kindness in the world around you. We talked about definitions of kindness, showed stories of kind actions we had seen and thought about how to take notice more often. At the end of the workshop the participants took turns to tell the

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What if… leaders show the love?

This month I’m delighted to share a guest blog from Kamala Katbamna founder of Chirp, an award-winning leadership catalyst. She shares with us her thoughts and experience of the kindness that results when leaders choose to show love and what that means in practice. The other day a client asked me to define how I

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Using kindness to cope with down times

The end of the year seems to split people into 2 groups with different ways to cope as we head through autumn and into winter. Some people love the shorter days and darker evenings, loving the whole hygge vibe, snuggly jumpers and hot chocolate. Others find the shorter daylight hours and colder weather put them