The 12th – 18th February mark some of the nicest days in the calendar. Random Acts of Kindness Week is powered by an internationally recognised non-profit organisation called, incidentally, Random Acts of Kindness, and is founded upon a strong belief in the transformative power of being kind. They are now dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness in order to make the world a better place. So, to celebrate this feel-good week, we’ve teamed up with our ambassadors, who have some wonderful stories to share about how a random act of kindness has made their day a little nicer, and their world a little brighter.
“When I was still a new mum, struggling in the local park with my two little ones – one bolting off in one direction and the other refusing to be strapped into the buggy, a lovely stranger appeared out of the blue. She grabbed the buggy arms as I quickly strapped in my baby and wordlessly nodded for me to run after my pre-schooler. When I returned to thank her, she just said: “I’m a mum too. We’ve all been there. We help one another. It’s a special club and we look out for each other”.
It all happened so quickly and so naturally, and it has stuck with me ever since. It was such a fabulous moment when I was so in need of a miracle!”
“Thank you to the lady (Laura) on the tube at Highbury and Islington station in August last year. I fell over running up the escalator, which was highly embarrassing and painful!
A lovely lady followed me out and onto the overground platform where I was waiting for the train. She asked how I was, ensured me that even though I was wearing a dress I didn’t flash the entire escalator, offered me her first aid kit, cleaned up my leg and asked if I needed help getting home, which was totally out of her way.”
“My random act of kindness is from my son Reuben, age 11.
Last year, I was really quite ill and bed bound for a few days with a virus. The children had to help around the house, as well as look after each other and me while I wasn’t well.
I woke up late, around 11am after a night of fever to find he had made me a cup of tea and left it quietly on my bedside table with a note sellotaped to it. It said “From Reuben and sorry about yesterday and hope you enjoy. Made at 10.07 it might be too cold in 10 minutes.”
It was a simple act that put a huge smile on my face and reminded me that even though I’m the mum and usually the one doing the caring, I’m loved and cared for back.”
“When I was working in Ecuador in my early twenties, I once fell asleep on a long cross-country bus journey, only to wake up 50 miles from home, late at night and with my wallet (including my ticket) mysteriously missing.
A stranger overhearing me explaining this to the conductors paid for my ticket home, and even gave me $10 to make sure I got something to eat. I have no idea what on earth I would have otherwise done. I never saw them again to repay them.”
Will you be participating in Random Acts of Kindness week? If so, we’d love to hear your stories!
The Liz Earle Team x