The New Zealand Government ‘policy’ in relation to fighting COVID-19 is the emphasis the importance, and need, for kindness. Seen to be an incredibly powerful way to show that as a country and community we are united.
One of the greatest expressions of kindness is to smile. In supermarkets, in communities, in hospitals, on rest homes, and out of a quiet walk in the neighbourhood, people are making the time to smile.
Given the seriousness of the pandemic some might argue there’s not a lot of reasons to smile…until the opportunity, or outcome, presents itself and the power of the smile wins through. The mantra of the movement Random Acts of Kindness is simply: Kindness is making someone smile if only for a moment.
The infectiousness of a smile can wipe away concerns about the virus that has the world under attack.
Making a difference is another manifestation of kindness. Expressed by:
- checking in on older relatives or vulnerable people over the phone, to make sure they have everything they need.
- talking to friends, whānau and neighbours over the phone to see how they are and if they need support.
- acknowledging the support you receive from those who care for, and about, you with a smile of thanks.
Just hoisting a few facial muscles producing a smile also pays dividend.