As we head, we hope, toward a move out of lockdown, our Executive Chair has been thinking about the incredible compassion and benevolence that we’ve all seen and experienced during this unsettling time.
From the clapping we've taken part in to celebrate and thank our amazing NHS and other support workers, through high profile fundraisers and volunteers like Colonel Tom Moore, as well as those quiet and unassuming ‘normal’ people who are helping their communities through this shared crisis.
Here's what he has to say…
Kindness and The Mental Health Foundation
Of course, we all know what kindness is, but it’s always interesting to look at the definition of words from time to time, reminding ourselves of the deeper meaning. Kindness is defined as a behaviour marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition and concern and consideration for others. It is considered a virtue, recognised and valued in many cultures and religions.
The Mental Health Foundation have chosen kindness because of its singular ability to unlock our shared humanity. Strengthening relationships, developing community and deepening solidarity, kindness is a cornerstone of our individual and collective mental health.
The Foundation’s research shows that kindness and mental health are deeply connected and that, as well as being incredibly important for those receiving kindness, it also acts as an antidote to isolation and creates a sense of belonging. It helps reduce stress, brings a fresh perspective and deepens friendships. Kindness can help boost our self-esteem and can improve feelings of confidence and optimism. Incredibly important right now!
Kindness and community spirit all around us
Over the past months, at Ryan’s we’ve been collecting examples of kindness from our employees. From giving time to support vulnerable neighbours through to making scrubs and scrub wash bags for NHS, care and support workers, it’s humbling to see how much of a giving community we’ve established at Ryan’s and we’re incredibly proud of our teams and what they do for others.
This unfettered community spirit extends out, too, with businesses and their people locally, regionally and nationally, across the insurance industry and throughout every sector, finding fantastic ways to give back.
I sincerely hope that this coronavirus pandemic and lockdown will soon be over so that we can return to life and work safely and without fear. I also hope that the silver linings many have experienced will be sustained. And that the remembered qualities of kindness, thoughtfulness and community spirit will remain as a permanent fixture. After all, #KindnessMatters always.