The Coping Kete

No. 77: Practicing Random Acts of Kindness

This week, to attain, maintain or regain my sense of wellbeing…

…I will focus my attention on making other people, a stranger or someone I know, smile. So often a search for better wellbeing can require us to be inwardly focused on ourselves, but this week I will live the knowledge that my wellbeing comes largely from my relationship with those I co-exist with. This week I will practice making other people smile with random acts of kindness.

I will practice opening the door for my companions, giving way to fellow road-users, smiling and saying hello to the people I walk past on the street and paying compliments to the check-out operator at the supermarket. I might write a thank-you note when someone does me a favour or pick someone a bunch of flowers  or offer to help someone struggling with their bags in the street or call someone’s attention to a beautiful view.

Each time I do this, I will share in a positive moment with another person. I will also be practicing the art of reaching out to others.  This will be an important skill to get comfortable using, as I work to build stronger social support network and sense of belonging. This week I will enhance my connection with those around me.

For those of us who struggle with anxiety, this kind of strategy can be particularly powerful in helping us see that we can survive reaching out, but it can take some time to build up to. Start small, like the odd smile at someone on the bus, and when that is easy, move on to something a bit bigger. 

Once I am comfortable practicing random acts of kindness in the course of my day, I will add this to my Personal Coping Kete as a way to shift my mood when things are tough.

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