Recently my Mother-in-Law’s Aged Care Home held a mini fete to raise funds for Downs and West Community Appeal run by the Sisters of Charity.
There was feverish activity over the last few months as residents formed a committee, organised the day and made items to be sold.
The staff at Marycrest are wonderful and try to include as many of the residents in the activities as possible. My almost 91 year old MIL felt so proud to be included in the preparation, as they asked her to help in preparing some of the coconut ice bags to be sold on the day. No matter how small the task, the staff made the residents feel so important and this is such a great boost for their mental health & wellness.
As the day of the fete drew closer, I offered my services to help. I was given the job of working on the Devonshire Tea stall, serving cake, coffee or tea. We were so busy for the 3 hours but it was so special for me to spend time with the residents and their families.
There was music, various stalls with homemade craft and jams, raffles and lots of laughter. It was certainly a happy day and warmed my soul.
Showing kindness, especially random acts of kindness has health benefits both ways for the giver and the receiver.
Kindness improves your health & wellness
Research has shown that acts of kindness can reduces anxiety and increase our social interaction
Over a period of 4 weeks, researchers at the University of British Columbia asked participants who had high levels of anxiety to do acts of kindness for others at least six time a week. The results showed that being kind or doing something nice for others significantly increased people’s positive moods and reduced anxiety. Results also showed an increase in relationship satisfaction and more social interaction.
I will now be volunteering for a few hours each week and look forward to spending more time with the residents. We can learn so much from them and I hope I can bring some happiness and kindness to their day.
My post 10 Benefits of Showing Kindness – Why not try? lists various health & wellness benefits when we show kindness to others. These include feeling more compassionate, happier, learning tolerance.