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Remembering kindness at Christmas

Remembering kindness at Christmas

When lockdown first hit the UK in 2020, we introduced recognition for acts of kindness into BetterPoints programmes.

Kindness is win-win-win: it benefits the recipient, the giver and – by creating a knock-on effect – society as a whole.

Giving has been shown to increase happiness, reduce stress, boost self-esteem, and improve both physical and mental health. And it can ripple out to inspire others and create a positive cycle of generosity and goodwill.

But with all that’s going on in the world, it is easy to lose faith in ourselves and each other.

So, this year, we brought kindness activities back to the BetterPoints app – just in time for Christmas. It’s a chance to remind ourselves that little acts of kindness are happening all around us, all the time.

Here, then, are a few heartwarming random acts of kindness from BetterPoints users over the last few weeks to take us into the festive period.

At an airport I helped woman with a kid, who couldn’t speak English and was very much stressed. I offered her help and explained her flight gate and helped with her kid. She was very happy. I left her when she was ready to board her plane.

As I was walking I saw an old man fall over in the heavy wind and was unable to get up. I rushed to him and helped him up. He didn’t want me to call emergency services but ask me to call his daughter. I waited till she arrived and he was ok. I felt good that I helped someone in need and he and his daughter thanked me for helping.

I help people get shelter either for the night or long-term or at least until the bad weather goes. I’ve suffered myself through homelessness and I love to give back as I know people are suffering.

I apply for any Pampers nappy vouchers that are available online even though my daughter was out of nappies years ago. Then I leave them next to the nappies in Asda to help out new parents.

I gave a pair of homemade wrist warmers to a big issue seller who was obviously cold, because I could. 

I also randomly crochet fidget toys and give them to children on the bus.

I take long lunchtime walks with a pre-diabetic colleague to help him exercise.

I saw an old man sitting on a bench on high street. it was very cold day. He told me he was waiting to go old age home and waiting to be picked by dial-a-ride. I bought him a hot coffee and sat with him until he was picked up.

I was shopping in Morrisons and was in a queue to  pay when I overheard a nervous young person telling the cashier he had just moved into his own room in a shared house. He was asking how much his bill was after each couple of items. He didn’t have enough money for all his shopping so chose items to return; He was embarrassed and wasn’t used to shopping and budgeting. I work with vulnerable people so I paid for his shopping. He was so grateful and thankful.

I took my neighbour’s father to a hospital appointment.

I have taken in a traumatised teenager who’d run away from home, and kept him alive and safe for the last six months. Every day we try to unpick a little more of the trauma he’s been through, and give him reasons to keep going.

Somebody was lost in the city centre, and couldn’t figure out how to get to their location using Google maps and the directions were a little complicated, so I walked there with them to show them the way.

An old patient of mine who suffered from mild dementia and sadly had no living relatives, absolutely loved Christmas but had no decorations and this made me sad as I also love Christmas very much!

I put a post up on my local social media page to see if anyone had any festive decorations to donate to this lovely lady. I spent my weekend driving round town collecting so many Christmas decorations, including a massive six-foot Christmas tree, which we decorated together while listening to festive tunes and having a little Christmas boogie. I will never forget the look on her face, as I piled into her home with boxes upon boxes of decorations.

That day she told me she found happiness again and her festive cheer had returned! I will never forget her.

Happy Christmas!

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