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Random Acts of Kindness Day

Written by Roisin O'Neill

Thursday 17th February 2022 is Random Acts of Kindness Day, a day dedicated to encouraging we all #MakeKindnessTheNorm. 

At Nextdoor, we believe a little kindness goes a long way towards making life easier, neighbourhoods stronger, and the world a better place. With 1 in 5 households across the UK already using Nextdoor, connect with your neighbours now and commit to one act of kindness.

If you need a little inspiration, hear how our neighbours in Belfast have got really creative in paying in forward below!

Katy Magowan lives in the Lisnasharragh area of Belfast, just off the Cregagh road. One rainy morning last week, her partner was leaving to take their dog for a walk when he spotted something colourful on their doorstep. He found a note attached to a bright, hand-painted stone, explaining what it was: A random act of kindness from a neighbour. Utterly shocked and overjoyed, Katy and her partner turned to Nextdoor to share their wonderful news.

Katy, how do you describe your neighbours?

“Since moving here, we have received nothing but kindness from our neighbours who were quick to introduce themselves and welcome us to the area. Our area is very quiet, which suits us perfectly.”

Tell us more about the stone, how did you feel opening the door and seeing it?

As I’m sure most people would agree, the first few months of the year can be difficult – especially when the mornings are dark and cold.

Finding this stone brought a warm light to our dark morning and I was so touched by the kindness from this stranger. I love making my garden colourful with ornaments and seasonal flowers, and this stone fit perfectly with our house.

What does kindness mean to you?

I believe that kindness is one of the most important qualities we all have the ability to show. You never know what someone is going through or if they are struggling, and by showing kindness to all, including strangers, we can help to spread some joy and maybe make someone’s day a little easier.

Has this inspired you to commit to a random act of kindness?

Yes! I really love the idea of sending a little sign to anyone out there who is struggling or having a difficult time.”

I have decided to pay this kindness forward by decorating some stones with ‘quotes of kindness’, and leaving them around local parks in Belfast where I frequently walk with my dog, in the hopes that it brightens up someone’s day, just like my stone did for me!

If you’re inspired by Katy’s story, visit Nextdoor to pay it forward. A little kindness goes a long way.

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