Imagine the change we would see in the world if all of us just did one extra act of kindness. Lead the way by spreading kindness and respecting each other’s values, beliefs and lifestyles in our day to day lives.
1. Why be kind?
Small actions can have a significant positive effect on others, including increased overall sense of belonging, self-worth and feelings of safety. Those who share kindness also benefit from higher overall feelings of well-being and self-worth.
Did you know…
- Giving and receiving kindness reduces stress, depression and anxiety.
- Sharing, experiencing and witnessing kindness helps us to feel calm and happy, which contributes to our overall health.
- You can be kind to yourself by focusing on things that make you feel confident and proud of yourself.
- Kindness is contagious! When you are kind to someone, they feel good and are likely to be kind to others. It starts a chain reaction of kindness!
2. What can I do?
We challenge all community members to flood the internet with kindness . Capture and spread kindness using the hashtag #SCchooseKind
Share your experience of receiving or choosing kindness by having conversations in person or online (#SCchooseKind) during the month of February.
Visit the giant Choose Kind board located at Community Centre’s artrium and write your kindness message on the speech bubbles provided.
3. What if I need help?
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Strathcona County FCS Walk-in Counselling https://www.strathcona.ca/community-families/well-being-and-mental-health/walk-in-counselling/
Strathcona County FCS Counselling Group - Free, facilitated education and support counselling groups for adults https://www.strathcona.ca/community-families/well-being-and-mental-health/counselling-groups/
A national network of leading researchers and organizations, working together to stop bullying in Canada.
4. What is bullying?
- Bullying can happen wherever people gather to live, learn, work or play, online and off.
- Bullying is not rude or impolite behaviour. Being mean can be mistaken as bullying behaviour.
- Bullying is intentional, targeted, abusive behavior that causes harm to another person.
- Bullying is defined by the use of aggression, repeated over time, by a person with greater power towards a person with lesser power.
- Bullying is never acceptable. Everyone has the right to be treated with respect and to feel safe.
We can make a difference to those who are affected by abuse and bullying by letting them know they are not alone. Ninety percent of bullying incidents are witnessed by others and can be stopped within 10 seconds when bystanders choose to intervene. What can you do when you see someone being bullied? Witnesses to bullying can help by not encouraging bullying, telling the bully to stop, getting help and supporting the person who is targeted.
The key to end bullying is to build awareness and understanding and promote respectful and healthy relationships.
Healthy relationships are built on a foundation of trust, safety and respect. We all want to feel safe and connected to others.
One way we can achieve this is by being kind and respectful to ourselves and to the people around us. In every moment, we have a choice about what we say and do. In that moment, choose acceptance and kindness.
When we practice kindness, compassion and respect for one another, we build connections in our relationships and communities. Together, we create a supported, safe and caring community for all.
The month of February offers activities and events that support the community-driven social outcomes of safety, connectedness & inclusion and larger provincial campaigns including Safer Internet Day (February 6), Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 11-17) and the anti-bullying Pink Shirt Day (February 28)
1. Attend the Choose Kind Proclamation • February 6th
When: February 6, 2018 @ 2 p.m.
Where: Strathcona County Community Centre (2001 Sherwood Drive), Council Chambers
- Wear pink and show your support towards healthy relationships and creating a community that respects individuals’ differences.
2. Learn about Safer Internet Day • February 6th
"Safer Internet Day is an invitation to join in and engage with others in a respectful way in order to ensure a safer digital experience. Pledge to keep the internet a safer place for all. Go online and post your commitment to "Create, connect and share respect.” A better internet starts with you." SaferInternetDay.Org
3. Join in Random Acts of Kindness Week • February 11–17
When: During the week of February 11–17, 2018
Choose Kind challenge: Join the challenge and step up your kindness and express your gratitude to others during the week. Help spread kindness and inspire others.
- For a list of kidness ideas check out randomactsofkindness.org
4. Get creative at Spread Kindness • February 16
When February 16, 2018. 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Art Gallery@501 (501 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park)
Express your creative side with FREE drop in activities:
- Community kindness t-shirt design: first 200 individuals receive a FREE white t-shirt to design their t-shirt to wear on Pink Shirt Day (February 28th) showing what kindness means to you.
- Button making: design a button showing what kindness means to you to wear February 28th on Pink Shirt Day.
- Make your unique kindness paper fortune teller
5. Show your support on Pink Shirt Day • February 28
When: February 28th, 2018
- Be a champion and show your support towards healthy relationships and ending bullying by wearing pink.
- Capture and spread kindness #SCchooseKind
6. Check out the Choose Kind Showcase • February 28
When: February 28, 2018, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: County Hall Conference Centre #1
FREE drop in activities:
Thank you for your participation in Choose Kind and spreading connectedness and inclusion in Strathcona County. It’s time to celebrate your dedication and commitment to creating a supported, safe and connected community for all.
Enjoy ice cream while connecting and sharing your stories, experiences and feedback as well as to talk about what might be possible in the future.
Remember to wear pink and/or your individual designed t-shirts showing what kindness means to you for a community photo at the end of the night.
Strathcona County’s KEYS program is a Mental Health Capacity Building Project funded by Alberta Health Services and a Healthy Relationships Project funded by Alberta Community and Social Services and delivered by Strathcona County’s Family and Community Services.
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