Recent research carried out by the Mental Health Foundation has found out that the old phrase ‘it’s better to give than to receive' is indeed true.
Being kind to others can improve our own wellbeing and make us happier and help us live longer.
Kindness is choosing to do something that helps others or yourself, motivated by genuine warm feelings.
We’d like to encourage kindness while walking. Here are some examples of things you could try:
Acknowledge others you see while out walking. It could be a smile, a friendly hello, or a relaxing socially distanced chat.
Encourage your neighbours, friends, or family to get outside every day for a stroll.
Share your favourite local routes on social media, or talk to your neighbours, friends, or family about nature you've spotted on your walks. It might encourage them to get outside too.
Do something small that will make your local paths more pleasant to visit. You could prune an overhanging branch, remove 2 or 3 pieces of litter, or clean a sign or interpretation panel so they are easier to read.
Be kind by helping nature, here are 10 easy ways you can help.