Its Kindness Week! Practice RAK And Get Happier In The Process!

International Random Acts of Kindness Week is February 9-15, 2015. Take this week to step out of your normal routine or comfort zone and attempt a new random act of kindness each day of the celebratory week.

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If proactive kindness is not normally part of your routine then this is the week to give it a go!

If you want to be happier, then practice kindness. It's scientifically proven that kindness:

a. Makes you happier;

b. Strengthens your relationships;

c. Gives you a healthier heart;

d. Slows down your ageing;

e. Is contagious.

Today, we all live fast-paced, often stressful lives where high-tech gadgets constantly ‘connect’ us to everything, but it is my feeling that we are actually becoming more and more disconnected from those things in life which should hold the most value. Take kindness, for example. Do you set aside time to really practice kindness?

Practicing kindness doesn’t have to be a big thing or a grand gesture, but something we can do as part of our everyday lives. It might mean inviting a new neighbour over for a cup of tea, or leaving a note on a friend’s desk to thank them for being there, bad jokes and all. It might even mean a ’Random Act of Kindness’, like paying for the coffee of the stranger behind you, or leaving a £1.00 coin in your shopping trolley for someone else to find? These little things can really add up to a big impact.

In November 2013 I was involved in organising ‘Kindness Birmingham’, a pioneering event seeking to help people recognise the importance of kindness in their lives and our city. At the event, I was chatting to a doctor who had just moved to Birmingham from London. “I feel like Birmingham has welcomed us with open arms,” he commented. “I have been so touched by the love and kindness shown to us all today - my family and I really feel like we belong here now.” This man had been really touched by kindness in his local community and I was filled with happiness and pride that the Kindness Birmingham team had made this happen.

You see, when you give your kindness away you receive so much more in return. Go on, give it a go and think about what you could do to make someone’s day just a little happier. Believe me, they will not be the only one to benefit.

For more details on International Kindness Week check out the Random Acts of Kindness Organisation.

Jules Mitchell

The Happiness Junkie, Pollinating the planet with happiness, sharing the art of Be-ology and on a mission to always wear flip flops and smile!

I am a ‘Self-confessed Happiness Junkie’ getting my buzz from filtering ‘feel good’ into this amazing planet! I am a columnist, a professional energizer, a speaker, a spiritual mentor sharing the art of Be-ology, a life optimization coach, and last but certainly not least a Professional Giggleologist. (I like ologies) My addiction to happiness is rooted in my serious battle with anxiety and victimitus so it is my personal practice that keeps me sane. I have appeared on ITV, am a regular expert on BBC radio, have featured in numerous magazines and publications and am a regular columnist in the Birmingham Mail. As a Well-Being Consultant for local authorities and education I was very privileged to be asked to develop and implement the UK’s first Happiness & Laughter Well-Being Programme for the NHS. If you are longing to feel a deeper connection to your inner happiness, your ‘Being-ness’ then this introduction to The Happiness Junkie’s way of living and ‘being’ in the world may just provide you with some solutions to your perceived problems. Happiness truly is our birth right. Not the all singing, all dancing, ear to ear cheesy grins of happiness, but the subtle inner calm of being happy from the inside out, that spirit of happiness that lies deep inside our soul; I call this our ‘Being-ness’, our ‘Be-ing’