Would you be kind to a stranger?



 

Would you be kind to a stranger?

In celebration of World Kindness Day on 13th November, we took to the streets of London to conduct a social experiment on the power of giving. Watch our video to discover how the general public reacted when asked to pass on a single yellow rose to a stranger, all in the name of kindness.

10 ways to a be kind to others
Share your umbrella
with a Stranger
Treat colleagues to doughnuts
just because
Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind Henry James
Compliment a stranger
on their outfit
Listen to someone
who has a problem
Be kind to unkind people - they need it the most. Ashleigh Brilliant
Leave your favourite book on a train
for someone else to enjoy
Reach out to someone
who is lonely
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Plato
Bake a cake or cookies
for one of your neighbours
Offer up your seat
on a train or a bus
Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa
Write a hand-written
thank you note
Donate your unwanted clothes
to a charity
Meet the expert - Dr George Fieldman

We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. Sir Winston Churchill
A random act of kindness is doing something spontaneous and generous to someone without expecting anything back in return.

Science shows us that people who act altruistically tend to be happier, healthier and, in fact, to live longer themselves. This is an amazing finding!

Promoting the altruistic side of our personalities encourages us to look beyond ourselves in what can all too often seem an impersonal world. Even so, people need to be brave and optimistic that a recipient won’t be offended by a kind gesture.

Selfless acts are good for society and good for oneself. An act of kindness is likely to make the giver feel good about themselves and the receiver to feel empowered and valued.

The concepts of ‘paying it forward’ and of ‘what goes around comes around’ highlight the notion that selflessness promotes social cohesion. Societies that embrace altruism foster cultures in which people become integrated, co-operative and empowered, which is of benefit to us all.

Dr George Fieldman
BSc, PhD, CPsychol, CSci, BABCP, UKCP, FRSA
Chartered Psychologist - Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist - Executive Coach - Expert Witness
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