Kindness and mental wellbeing

Research has shown that being kind to other people can also have a positive impact on our own mental wellbeing. It can help:

  • reduce stress  
  • create a sense of belonging
  • reduce isolation
  • boost overall mental wellbeing
  • get rid of negative feelings

You can find out more about kindness and mental wellbeing, from the links below:

Kindness Matters guide
The Mental Health Foundation's (MHF) site explains how being kind to others, can also be good for your own mental health. The guide outlines what is meant by kindness and encourages people to be kind to themselves, as well as to others.

Acts of kindness during the COVID-19 pandemic
The MHF has a page on kindness and COVID-19, with suggestions for random acts of kindness you could try. A kind act doesn't need to take a lot of time, or to cost any money. Small acts of kindness can make a huge difference to someone’s day. The site also has more general pages on looking after your mental health during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Under the dropdown headings below you'll find additional information about mental wellbeing and kindness.

Action for Happiness

BBC Bitesize

Kind to Your Mind Localresource

Make Time and the Five Ways to Wellbeing Localresource