22 November 2015

Sprinkle kindness around like confetti

I hope everyone has had a wonderfully relaxing weekend. The temperature seems to have plummeted, with some even reporting snow. I've forgotten what wamth feels like!

I had a busy old day on Friday with an outdoor event for work (brrrrr), and my Saturday was spent eating, ice-skating and watching Spice World at the Vaults in Waterloo (an absolute cinematic triumph, I think you'll agree), so today I've been bundled up in bed taking some time out.

A few weeks ago I was approached by Cotton Traders, who asked if I'd be interested in promoting their campaign #CTWorldKindnessDay. Although World Kindness Day was November 13th, Cotton Traders believe that kindness should be celebrated all year around - quite right! I told them I was most definitely on board, and they *kindly* sent me along a little box of kindness to make me smile.

And smile I did!

Inside were the cutest little things - a floral mug, a box of Whittards tea and a caramel bourbon chocolate spoon (mmm!), a cable hot water bottle & socks set and another pair of fluffy socks. So, so lovely.

Having been non-stop for the last few weeks, I thought I'd dedicate my morning (okay, late morning and early afternoon) to enjoying these thoughtful goodies and reflecting on what kindness means in the modern world.

Kindness isn't really a material concept - it's a gesture. Whether that's offering a work colleague who looks a little frazzled a cup of tea (hence the mug), or reassuring a friend in need with a compliment. It could even be treating your Mum to a bar of her favourite chocolate, or accompanying your Dad on a food shop to keep him company (and stopping him buying unnecessary things... just mine?).

But kindness is also about being kind to yourself, which we tend to forget about. It seems especially hard nowadays to take some "me" time without looking self-indulgent or selfish.

However, being kind to yourself shouldn't be a chore. It shouldn't be way down on your list to do - it should be something you bear in mind on a day-to-day basis. Because if you don't know how to be kind to yourself, how can you be on top kindness form for everyone else?

It won't be the same for everyone. For me, I find the best way to be kind to myself is giving my brain a rest. I'm constantly over-thinking and worrying and fretting about everything. So at least once a week I'll make sure I have an early night.

I'll also make a point of having a little pamper session, or making myself a cup of tea (green, peppermint or otherwise - anything is good), and chatting to my Mum about my week to discuss any niggles.

Now that it's getting chilly, I feel like a little kindness will really go a long way. A cup of tea will be readily accepted, and a pair of cosy socks will be enthusiastically received. Oh, and chocolate will never go amiss, whatever the weather, and it definitely won't be melting in England at this time of the year!

The second part of Cotton Trader's campaign is to pass this kindness along by making up your own little kindness box.

After trying on both pairs of adorable socks, I realised the "one size" of the neutral pair didn't fit me! However, I know my Mum gets chilly feet, and I'm hoping because she has slightly bigger feet than me (sorry Mum!), that they will fit her and keep her tootsies warm as the cold creeps in.

Coming your way soon, Mummy!

"Sprinkle kindness around like confetti" is one of my favourite phrases. Kindness needn't cost anything, and it makes life a lot happier when you know you have kind people around you. 

So, a huge thank you to Cotton Traders who sent me this lovely, lovely box and reminded me of both the importance and simplicity of kindness, towards yourself and to others. It's helped my Sunday be that little bit brighter :)


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