Mental Health Awareness Week: #KindnessMatters

As Mental Health Awareness Week draws to a close, we outline the benefits of altruism - otherwise known as 'being kind' - based on research and Home Instead Brighton, Hove & Shoreham's experience, we know #KindnessMatters.

The Mental Health Foundation charity announced kindness as the new theme for this year’s awareness week in response to the coronavirus outbreak. During the week and beyond we are celebrating the many acts of kindness that, now more than ever, bring us together and sustain our mental health.

We know that poor mental health is not an inevitable part of ageing and kindness is at the heart of what we do. The good mental health and wellbeing of our Clients and CAREGivers is paramount, particularly during these difficult times. People who are kind and compassionate see clear benefits to their wellbeing and happiness. They may even live longer. Kindness can also help reduce stress and improve our emotional wellbeing.

Here, we outline the benefits of being kind – showing that doing good does you good:

1. Helping others feels good

Research shows that when you help others, it can lead to changes in the brain linked with happiness. CAREGivers have also told us that helping others has improved their support networks and encouraged them to be more active, improving their health, sleep and self-esteem.

2. It reduces isolation and loneliness

Helping others can help us feel a greater sense of belonging, we make new friends and feel part of our community. Interacting with people helps reduce our own loneliness and isolation and that of others, whatever their age.

3. It helps a more positive outlook

Helping others and doing good can help you to have a more positive outlook. Research shows that knowing you are being kind, along with an awareness of things you are grateful for in your own life, can increase feelings of happiness, optimism, and satisfaction.

4. It’s contagious!

As well as improving your own feelings of confidence, control, happiness and optimism, kindness can also encourage others to repeat the good deed that they’ve experienced themselves. This all helps contribute to a happier and more positive community.

5. Doing good does you and others good

The benefits of helping others can last long after the act itself, both for you and them.

More information and a 'Kindness Matters guide' from the Mental Health Foundation for Mental Health Awareness Week 2020.

We are looking for kind and compassionate individuals to join our wonderful team of CAREGivers. You will help to enrich the lives of our lovely clients by assisting them to live safely and happily in their own homes. You will be providing a range of services from meaningful companionship to non-medical personal care, tailored to each client.

We invite you to come and find out what makes us different to other care companies and how we are working the change the face of ageing! More here.