I recently wrote an article about how donating to charity (particularly our fundraising shops) can have a positive impact on your well-being. The knowledge that you’re helping others is hugely empowering and, in turn, can make you feel happier and more fulfilled. Giving to charity strengthens personal values and ties in with my favourite Anne Frank quote:
“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
But because it is National Random Acts of Kindness Day, I thought I would look at ‘giving’ in a different format and see how random acts of kindness to others can be so important for long-term recovery.
Let’s first look at what random acts of kindness can look like… they don’t have to be grand gestures. Sometimes simply receiving support or having a shoulder to cry on can give someone the comfort and care they need to satisfy long-term recovery. Even something as small as a smile or compliment may be just enough of a ray of sunshine to pierce through the darkest of times.
In recovery, it is important that we maintain a positive outlook, and helping others is one of the best possible ways to do just this. A random act of kindness, in any setting, can take you out of your own mental space and refocus you on others, on their needs, and on their joy and gratitude. After all, why waste time worrying about your own self-misgivings if you’re busy helping make someone else happy? Why doubt your own self-worth if someone else’s gratitude towards you is right there for the world to see?
It’s like an old saying that runs in recovery settings, “To improve your self-esteem, you must do esteem-able acts.” Finding these esteem-able acts and making them happen can help you get out of your own head and powerfully change how you see yourself and the value you can add and do add to this world.
“Humans are social creatures and the isolation and introspection of drug and alcohol abuse break down the connections and relationships that we rely on in both conscious and unconscious ways. Helping others through random acts of kindness can re-establish personal bonds and provide the short- and long-term feelings of positivity and connection that even introverts crave so deeply.”
– North East Addiction Centre
There are countless simple but meaningful ways to impact those in your life if you look for the right opportunities to do so. Here are a few small acts of kindness you can do today:
If you struggle with substance abuse and the negativity that comes with it then we are here to help. Silkworth Lodge has proven to be a much-needed establishment that helps people to come to terms with their addiction and puts them on the road to recovery. We provide a tailor-made programme of treatment that helps the client to rebuild these relationships, regain their self-esteem, and most of all, enable them to integrate back into society on a new footing.Back to resources