Hello everyone! I hope you’ve had a good week, and the rest of your weekend will be grand too!
Today I’d like to talk about silliness. I value humour and playfulness and I believe that, for many people, they are necessary to enjoy life and create a healthy lifestyle balance. Everyone needs to laugh sometimes. We all need to have some ‘smile time’. We need to relax, breathe, and enjoy our lives. I think that these moments of ‘down time’ or ‘Helen time’ are so important to my mental health and well-being. I’m very energetic, active, and outgoing, and I love being busy, but sometimes I just need to chill and do very little, or nothing at all.
Taking this time for myself lets me ‘recharge my batteries’ and regroup my strength, so I can “get up and kick ass” (as my friend Caitlin says) the next day.
Other times, I need to be playful and silly.
When I worked for the Student Justice Centre at my university a few years ago, we had a few student support events that were meant to help with relaxing and enjoying life. A university student’s lifestyle may be busy, full of pressure, and very stressful.
Our office tried to help with that by offering free consultation hours for chats, support with social justice issues, events such as film screenings, and, most importantly, some ‘smile time’ like I mentioned earlier.
Those silly people running around with “FREE HUGS!” signs? They were us.
Those chatty people offering free hot chocolate on cold days? They were us too.
Those friendly people offering free breakfasts in the busy hallway between two buildings? Also us.
“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest declaration.” – Oscar Wilde
It’s the small things we do that have a big impact on others and can potentially change lives.
I know that when I’m having a hard time, a tiny thing can make a big difference: a hug, a hot (or cold) drink, some good food, a chat with friends or acquaintances (or even strangers) can all really cheer me up on a bad day. Friends have done all of these things for me at different times in my life, and I’ve also done them for others. When I received them, they made a difference for me in those moments. I hope they helped others too.
To me, these silly, kind moments give me strength just like my ‘down time’ does. I think that silliness and strength can be more connected than we think they are.
I value random acts of kindness (RAKs) a heck of a lot. I think it’s important to be silly, be kind, and have fun.
They say that “We’re all in this together”. Shouldn’t we do what we can to help ourselves, and each other, along?
Do you take time to be silly? Kind? Both? What do you do? Does it make a difference in your life? Have you ever received or given a Random Act of Kindness (RAK)? Did it make a difference in that moment? Leave me a comment if you want to, I’d like to hear your thoughts!
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