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Three in four Britons admit they could be kinder

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Published at 12:51pm 20th May 2019. (Updated at 1:04pm 20th May 2019)

Three in four Britons admitted they could do more to be kinder to others, according to a recent survey.

  • 74% of people in the UK admitted they could be kinder to others according to British Red Cross.
  • Preventing others from feeling lonely was ranked as the top kind act people would do.
  • 97% of people agreed the world would be a better place if we all did one act of kindness each day.
  • British Red Cross is also launching their 'One Kind Thing' campaign.

It costs nothing to be kind to others, and a recent survey by British Red Cross has found that most of us know we could be kinder in our everyday lives.

Three in four Britons (74%) admitted they could be kinder, whilst an overwhelming majority (97%) agreed the world would be a better place if we all did one act of kindness each day.

Experts believe one act of kindness is also one of the greatest cures for loneliness, something people voted as the top kind act they would do.

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97% of people agreed the world would be a better place if we all did one kind thing each day.

Among the acts of kindness that people shared that had a big impact were:

  • A stranger at a petrol pump lending them 2p when they had no cash and were just over the £30 limit to use contactless
  • A neighbour nipping next door to replant a rose bush that had died, as a surprise
  • Coming home to a houseful of happy post-it note messages from a flatmate
  • Being met at the door with a cheesecake after a particularly bad day at work

One Kind Thing campaign

British Red Cross is also launching its One Kind Thing campaign, encouraging everyone in the UK to do something kind to support their work.

From donating money, time or unwanted clothes, the charity is inviting us all to choose ‘one kind thing’ to ensure their volunteers can keep connecting people in crisis with people’s kindness across the world.

Find out more about the One Kind Thing campaign on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook or LinkedIn using the hashtag #OneKindThing.

Beth Parsons from Stray FM's Family Show spoke to Clinical Psychologist Dr Sarah Davidson about how acts of kindness can positively affect everyone involved:

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