Kindness. It’s something that everybody has the ability to use, but as an adult it’s probably a personality trait that seldom gets a look in. It’s a sad truth but as we get older, we forget about the small things. We become more self-obsessed by getting the upper hand even if that means treading on other people to get there.
We teach our children to be kind, to share, to say please and thank you. We value kindness as a trait that we want to instill in our children, but how often do we do that as an adult? Not often enough is the answer and we often don’t even realise that it’s slipped away from us. Being kind has somehow evolved to be uncool, to be a trait for small children only. But that’s rubbish. We should all be more kind, more positive. A bit like a Clanger 😉
Being kind makes us better, more thoughtful people.
How I’m being more kind
I try to do one act of random kindness a day to try and beat the negativity. I’m not talking about grand gestures, but small things. Like letting somebody out when in a queue of traffic. Let’s all be honest, we’ve been on both sides of that scenario. You’ll swear at the person that doesn’t let you in (pretending that they don’t see you), yet sometimes nudge up to the person in front of you to make sure somebody doesn’t steal ‘your’ spot. But really? It’s only one spot. It’s not going to make you late to wherever you’re going. What it will do though is make somebody else happy and that’s the point of kindness.
It’s about opening a door when you see somebody behind you instead of being in such a rush to let it slide, or maybe getting up to help someone who is struggling rather than letting them carry on like you’ve not seen them. They’re only small things, but they all matter. Everybody needs a bit of kindness and what goes around comes around.
Clangers for Kindness
I’ve hooked up with the Clangers* to help continue to spread a bit more positivity. They sent me some beautiful books (I know, the delivery charge from the Little Blue Planet must have been astronomical) to review and to have an extra set to giveaway to one of you lucky lot!
To enter, head over to my Instagram page and find the picture of the books – leave a comment to let me know how you’ve been spreading positivity and kindness recently and I’ll pick the best (and most kind!) answer to win on Wednesday 9 November 2016.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the Clangers for Kindness campaign, head over to their website www.clangersforkindness.com
The prize for this competition is as follows:
- Major Clanger’s Soup Machine (hardback thin-board book)
- Clangers Little Library (four board books)
- The Brilliant Surprise (I kid you not, I had a tear at the end of this one but I won’t give it away!!) (paperback)
- Small’s birthday treat (paperback)
These are now firm favourites of my daughter who won’t just accept that we’ll read one… oh no, she has to bring the complete set for us to binge read. The illustrations and stories are all about the kindness of Clangers. The paperback books also don’t have a lot of text which is great for my daughter who has a short attention span for long stories!
*This is a sponsored post
Terms and conditions
- Only one prize available as noted above
- To enter, head over to my Instagram account, find the picture of the Clangers books and comment with how you’ve been kind recently
- One winner will be chosen (UK resident) on Wednesday
- Winner will be notified by Instagram message and your email address passed onto Clangers to deliver your prize.