Choosing kindness is a choice each of us can make every day - for yourself and others.
Kindness begins with practicing self-compassion. Self-compassion involves being kind to yourself, accepting your mistakes and shortcomings and showing the same understanding towards ourselves as we would a friend experiencing a tough time or setback. How each of us treat ourselves influences our treatment of others. Respecting each other’s values, beliefs and lifestyles, and showing kindness can positively impact the well-being and safety of individuals, as well as the community.
What can I do? Join the Choose Kind movement! It’s easy!
- Participate in "Crack the Kindness Code" throughout February. Look for interactive signs with fun virtual code cracking activities around Strathcona County. There are six unique codes to crack, can you crack them all? For sign locations view the map below.
- Attend a Choose Kind lunch & learn workshop. Topics include Self Compassion: Re-filling your emotional cup, Cyber safety for youth and creating safer spaces for 2SLGBTQ+ people. Register for free.
- Perform an act of kindness and enjoy the benefits of overall self-worth and well-being. Inspire the community by sharing your acts of kindness on social media using #SCchooseKind
Join the Choose Kind Throughout February, everyone is invited to join the Choose Kind movement and support our community-driven social outcomes of safety, connectedness & inclusion. This year’s Choose Kind initiative includes activities related to Safer Internet Day, Random Acts of Kindness Day and Pink Shirt Day.! It’s easy!
Small acts of kindness take little effort and provide instant personal benefits, as well as benefiting others and the community. Research has shown that giving and receiving kindness can increase happiness, help us feel connected and reduce stress.
Did you know…
- Giving and receiving kindness strengthens our physcial and mental health by easing anxiety, lower blood pressure and increasing creativity and energy levels.
- Being kind to yourself can increase self-esteem, happiness and feelings of self-worth.
- Kindness is contagious! When we witness kindness, we feel good and are more likely to be kind to others. Your kindness can starts a chain reaction that impacts many.
Kindness begins with practicing self-compassion. Self-compassion involves being kind to yourself, accepting your mistakes and shortcomings and showing the same understanding towards ourselves as we would a friend experiencing a tough time or setback.
2. Ideas to support kindness and self-carePermanent link to Ideas to support kindness and self-care
Every day we have a choice on how we show up in our communities and for ourselves. Choosing kindness is appreciating and celebrating the beauty around you and in others.
We challenge all community members to flood the internet with kindness . Capture and spread kindness using the hashtag #SCchooseKind
The month of February contains opportunities for us to support the community-driven social outcomes of safety, connectedness & inclusion and larger campaigns including:
Learn about Safer Internet Day • February 9
- Together, we can make the internet a safer and kinder place for all, especially for our children and young people.
- Check out Random Acts of Kindness Foundation for kindness ideas
Show your support on Pink Shirt Day • February 24
- Lift each other up by treating others with dignity, respect, empathy, compassion and kindness.
Is it rude? Is it mean? or is it bullying?
When someone says or does something unintentionally hurtful and they do it once, that is rude
When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they do it once, that is mean
When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they keep doing it - even when you tell them to stop or show them you are upset, that is bullying.
Bullying is never okay. Everyone has the right to be treated with respect and to feel safe
How can I help?
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.
If you witness bullying behaviour you can help by 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.built on a foundation of trust, safety and respect..
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.
If you or someone you know is experiencing bullying and need support, please visit our resource page
Strathcona County is committed to supporting residents in accessing programs and services. If you are unable to travel throughout the community you can still participate in the Crack the Kindness Code interactive virtual activities.
About Mental Health Capacity Building
Helping to create a supported, safe and connected community: Strathcona County’s mental health capacity program is made possible through Alberta Health Services and Strathcona County.
Want to find out more about Mental Health Capacity Building and its initiatives?
Disclaimer: Family and Community Services wants to empower residents by giving them the tools to improve their personal wellbeing and relationships. Some of the information provided is offered by external sources and is intended as an information resource only. Strathcona County is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability or currency of the information supplied by external sources. Users wishing to rely upon this information should consult directly with the source of the information.
For more information:
Share kindness on social media
Join the #SCChooseKind Twitter conversation
Join the #SCChooseKind Twitter conversation
Follow @strathcocounty on Instagram to hear stories of kindness in our community throughout the month of February.