Updated: May 18, 2020
A few weeks back, I witnessed the beginnings of a brilliant act of kindness. Back then, we were only just coming to realise what the immediate consequences of the lockdown would be; many of us were getting furloughed by our employers, or even let go from our jobs. While lots of the UK would be spending time stuck at home, many others were needed on the frontline, working tirelessly to keep society functioning, and look after us all.
In response to this, a fellow coach of mine, Ashleigh, decided to set up a programme, to help people get through this incredibly difficult and challenging time. The coaching programme runs under the name 'MoreHappi', and offers coaching to key workers, struggling business owners and those who have been furloughed or made redundant as a consequence of Covid-19. The coaching is completely free of charge.
So far, MoreHappi has mobilised +170 coaches, including myself, to support frontline staff with free coaching. In addition, through a partnership with online store Trouva, over 900 business are able to get support for their employees that have been furloughed, or been made redundant, and are struggling with the uncertainty of their futures.
The effort that has gone into this has been outstanding – and what prompted this rapidly growing network of support? Kindness.
For me, this is a great example of what we are capable of when we see people around us struggling with their mental wellbeing. MoreHappi, of course, is a huge project that will benefit hundreds of people over the coming weeks and months.
But, kindness doesn't have to be on this kind of a scale. Even the smallest things can make a huge difference to others. It is important that we create awareness around the challenges others may be facing just now, and act with compassion when an opportunity arises.
There is no right way to feel at the moment. Therefore, allow your kindness to take centre stage as others are trying to navigate through this crisis. They may be relying on it more than you can imagine.
What acts of kindness have you experienced or shown to others over the past weeks? It would be great to hear your thoughts.