That has sometimes meant giving the material things (e.g. money or gifts) or the immaterial (our time, skills, knowledge, enthusiasm, passion and kindness). It has included encouraging our students to reflect on the things that they are grateful for. We have acknowledged the positives that have come from the lockdown period – cleaner air, time for reflection, time to learn a new skill, or simply gaining a new perspective on what is important to us; and learning that the gift of a smile or a simple ‘thank you’ can make all the difference to somebody’s day.
As we reflect on all that has happened in recent weeks, we are recognising the joy of giving back. Evidence shows that helping others is beneficial for our own mental health and wellbeing – it activates the brain’s ‘reward’ area. When we give to others, we strengthen relationships, it helps reduce stress, it improves emotional wellbeing and even benefits our physical health. By showing the people around us that we care, we increase our own positivity about the world and those around us. Doing good does you good!
The following video reminds us that times of adversity often bring out the best in humanity, and that when we witness excellence in others – courage, kindness, bravery, generosity, compassion – it inspires us to do the same.
Please follow the link below to explore the gifts we all have that can benefit others:
The art of giving: