The smallest act of kindness can make a huge difference, whether it’s a kind word, a thank you or even just a super smile! There are larger acts of kindness such as volunteering or going shopping for someone who needs your help – all of which can help improve your own mental health and wellbeing whilst building new social connections. Why not think about three acts of kindness that you could do during Scottish Children’s Health Week ?Remember that being kind will make you and others feel good.
ACTIVITIES FOR YOU TO TRY
Here are three Super Saturday ideas for you to try during Scottish Children’s Health Week.
ACTIVITY 1 | MAKE A FAMILY KINDNESS JAR
To make a family kindness jar you need a pen, jar, paper and your family members! When you are ready gather everyone together and then take it in turns to come up with random acts of kindness that you would like to complete as a family. Write these down on your pieces of paper and then put all of your papers in the jar. Decide between you how often you are going to complete these acts of kindness. Weekly, bi-weekly, monthly? Then take turns drawing an act of kindness out of the jar and completing it as a family! You can also do this activity with your friends. If you want to get even more creative, you can decorate the jar too!
ACTIVITY 2 | TIDY UP
We all love games, and there are so many ways to make tidying up a game. Why not give everyone in the house a small basket and then ask them to walk around the house (or their rooms) and find items that are out of place on the floor, counter, under the couch, wherever they see a mess, while a timer is set. Whoever has the most items at the end wins.
ACTIVITY 3 | RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
Take action and carry out a random act of kindness for someone else. Research shows that helping others can be beneficial to our own mental health. It can reduce stress, improve emotional wellbeing and even benefit our physical health. Some ideas you may like to try include: sending a handwritten note to a friend or relative; carrying the shopping into the house; spending time with a friend or family member who may be lonely; telling your family you love them; or volunteering to help a family member with a task.