The Art of Kindness
6 Acts That Will Reconnect You With The World...
The benefits to mental health whilst gardening have been widely reported. Incredible Edibles have a “vision to create kind, confident and connected communities through the power of food”. Inspired by disconnected communities around the UK, they began in 2008 when founders Pam Warhurst and Mary Clear shared their hopes and stories of their vision for what they believed their town could be. Their idea was simple:use abandoned and unloved patches of public land to plant food to feed the community. By 2016 100 groups locally in the UK exist and 600 globally. Get some friends together and start a group.
A great way to beat eco-anxiety and get your nearest and dearest together is to organise a clean up party. It’s a beautiful world we live in so let’s all keep it that way. Choose an area (your favourite park or pond), get together and start cleaning up the debris. Why not take a flask of mulled sloe gin with you to keep you warm. Although here at cuirl we are technically separate from our mothership Pernod Ricard, they run a Responsib’All Day every year where 18,500 employees stop working one day a week to devote 1 million hours worldwide to make the world a better place.
It is just as important to be kind to yourself as it is to be kind to others. Why not get some fresh air to improve your mental health whilst spending some time with others. Research carried out by the University of Michigan found that, “Group nature walks are linked with significantly lower depression, less perceived stress and enhanced mental health and well-being.”
We all know that bees are becoming more endangered in the UK. Why not support local communities by buying their honey. You could even gather some buzzy friends together and book a local beekeeping course. The British Beekeepers Association has all the information you will need here. Friends of the earth even provide a Bee Saver Kit to gift at Christmas in exchange for a donation. Complete with bee friendly wild flower seeds and instructions on how to build your own bee hotel.
One of the greatest shows of love is caring for others. Altruism is defined as “caring about other people and acting in someone else’s interest.” It has widely been shown to be good for your wellbeing. Why not treat your friends to this recipe for sherry and tarragon chicken. It might warm them up as much as it warms your heart.
One of our favourite acts of kindness here at cuirl HQ is to get together and support local charities. You could support a local children’s charity. (Gifting toys, mobiles or games to Great Ormond Street) You could raise money for a homeless charity such as Crisis giving vital care and support.