World Kindness Day: 13 powerful ways to be kind in a socially distanced world

Just because we’re staying physically apart from each other, doesn’t mean we can’t bring out the best in ourselves.

With social distancing the new normal, the ways we can show kindness towards others in our day-to-day lives aren’t always so obvious anymore.

But there are ways we can still rally together to boost the collective mood in our communities. Here are some safe ways to practice kindness on World Kindness Day (Nov 13)…

1. Volunteer for a phone call with an elderly person. Age UK runs a fantastic ‘Telephone friendship service’ that partners volunteers with an elderly person for a friendly 30 minute natter each week. The Crisis Project is also calling for volunteers to write letters to elderly people living in care homes, who can’t have visitors call in to see them at the moment.

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2. Offer to mentor someone. Lots of university graduates are facing a tough job market right now. Your expertise could be invaluable, and remotely mentoring a young person could make all the difference when it comes to them landing their first full-time gig. ReachOut for instance can partner you with a GCSE or A-level student from a disadvantaged background.

3. Donate to food banks. It’s often as easy as adding some extra items to your weekly shop and depositing them in a food bank donation box at your local supermarket. Check out The Trussell Trust’s website to find your local drop-off points.

4. Order flowers for a friend. Nothing will cheer up their day more than receiving a special bunch of blooms, just for being a great pal that’s always there for you.

5. Safely collect litter. Picking up rubbish with your bare hands isn’t advised, but you can safely clean up your local area with a litter picker, some gloves and a bin bag.

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6. Lend your creativity. Glimpse is a collective of creatives who help NGOs, grassroots organisations and ethical brands turbocharge their campaigns and burst through into popular culture. If you’re a copywriter, video producer or social media buff, you may be able to help use your skills for good.

7. Hang up a bird feeder in your garden. You’ll be amazed at the variety of birds that will visit it, especially during winter when their usual food is more scarce – not only will they get a delicious meal, but you’ll get to watch the wildlife from your window too.

8. Give blood. It only takes around 45 minutes but it could save somebody’s life. Visit to find your local donation point and arrange an appointment. They’re still open across the country, but there are some new checks and rules you’ll need to read before booking.

9. Shop sustainably on Black Friday. Put your money where your ethics are and choose to shop from sustainable brands that pay their workers fairly. Some ethical brands are even offering to donate a proportion of their Black Friday discount to their workers too, like Adelante Shoes and Lora GENE, so the people that make your discounted products get an extra thank you.

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10. Compliment someone in your next Zoom meeting. It could be the great way they handled a work project, or simply a nice outfit they’re wearing that day. Giving a genuine compliment is an amazing positivity boost – not just for the recipient, but for you too.

11. Do something kind for the people you live – or are bubbling – with. You could do a bit of DIY around the house, make them a cup of tea in the morning, or give your home a deep clean so it’s a comforting place to spend time.

12. Leave a nice comment on someone’s Instagram photo. A few positive words and emojis could be the confidence boost they needed.

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13. Use the power of gratitude and positivity. Try and move away from stressing out and moaning, and say more nice, positive things about yourself and the world around you. You’d be amazed at how great it can help make you feel.

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My self have had nothing but kindness I ride a Mobity scooter l ride it into the coop and it makes my day those who works in there moves things to make way for me and tell me to call out if I need anything I tell them it’s the highlight of my day makes me smile just writing this all the things that isn’t nice at the moment will pass so always try and wish folk good morning and smile

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