On kindness at Christmas

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Kindness is such an important and yet underrated quality in our society, so why not spread some this festive season? Here are several ways to do just that.

  • If you’re at university, thank your lecturer/s or seminar tutor/s personally. So often we sit through our lectures without even interacting with whoever is teaching us, so at the end of your final lecture before Christmas, go up to them at the end and just say thank you, especially if you’ve enjoyed it! I know sometimes this can feel daunting, in which case you could always write them an email if you prefer that.
  • Help your flatmate/housemate with something, whether big or small. It could be something as simple as taking the rubbish out, which we all hate doing! Or it could be helping them revise for an exam by testing their knowledge. They will be sure to appreciate your help and kindness.
  • Help out at home: When you go home for the holidays, it can be so tempting to just slob out on the sofa and relax, while your parents do everything. But, as tempting as it is, try not to fall into this habit, and instead offer to help with whatever needs doing.
  • Personalise Christmas card messages: I love to receive Christmas cards, and the ones that mean the most are always the ones where you can tell that the person has made an effort to write something thoughtful and personal, as opposed to a generic Christmas message. It’s also a good opportunity to perhaps thank a friend if they’ve really helped you through a tough time, and show how much you appreciate them.
  • Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, while all these actions are good ways to show kindness to people, remember that kindness should not just be something we practice at Christmas but all through the year. So, use this as a reminder to look out for others, make people happy, and be loving and kind not just during December but on every day of the year.
Hope Elliott

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas!
Words by Hope Elliott

Hope and Vicky are your lifestyle editors.

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