The Happiness Lab Delegate's Guide Chapter 2 — Kindness - Page 3

Lee’s story 02 Th inking about others A fter two years at university I felt that this route wasn’t the best one for me and so decided to leave. I was doing fi ne academically, but with no clear career path ahead of me I decided to do something completely diff erent. Now I work at a betting shop and am enjoying the responsibility of my new job as well as the social element. In attending Th e Happiness Lab one of the sessions that I found very useful was the one on practising acts of kindness. I wouldn’t say that I wasn’t a kind person, but I don’t think that I was actively doing random acts of kindness for others. I didn’t spend every day looking for someone I could do something good for. One of the principles that has helped me develop a kinder approach to life has been that of refl ecting each evening on the day’s opportunities to be kind that I have either taken up or missed. I then resolve to act better the following day. It has also helped me to move through the day looking out for new ways to be kind. My brother recently went off to university. With a mix of my own university experience, and having been thinking about acting kindly to others, I fi nd myself regularly on the phone to him off ering 21 him support with his work and with anything else that he could do with a helping hand for. I keep asking myself: What might he need help with? I never really thought through what the impact on me would be after doing kind things for others. It seemed the right thing to do. What I have discovered is that I have better relationships, I am kinder to myself having being kind to others, I am prouder of the person I am, and am more confi dent and sure of myself.