Craig Fielke | Principal
“Don’t judge each day by the harvest that you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” – Robert Louis Stevenson
Recently, I came across some ‘homemade’ research, which provided a strong sense of satisfaction, hope and inspiration.
Earlier this year, Helga’s Bakehouse commissioned McCrindle Research to explore and measure kindness in Australia. McCrindle developed a ‘national kindness index’ to calculate a ‘kindness score’ for individuals based on factors including behaviour, attitudes, thoughts and feelings.
Full details of the research findings can be found at: helgas.com.au/kindness
Overall, there were some heartening results that emerged. Importantly, Australians both believe the culture of kindness in Australia is stronger than the rest of the world and are living out kindness in their daily lives. The average Australian performs 16 acts of kindness every week through the words they speak, the actions they perform and the time they give.
It is very pleasing to note that South Australians have emerged as the most considerate state in the nation.
Research principal, Mark McCrindle, described the result as a “badge of honour” for SA.
McCrindle also reflected that:
“In the midst of a pandemic, Australians are saying we need this kindness even more because we can’t rely on the normal social interactions, the hugs and the handshakes… we’ve got to go above and beyond to find other ways of being kind and of building social fabric.’
“(This is) the state that truly leads the nation on ‘otherness’, of thinking of the other and that is one of the key attributes – a foundational value – of kindness.
“The good thing about this is, it is not ‘the niceness index’… it is far deeper than that, this is the virtue of kindness, (of being) community-minded.”
It was also significant to note that younger generations scored the highest in the kindness index.
The research also asked Australians how we can be kinder. There were three simple and easily practiced responses:
- Asking more, “are you okay?”
- Helping people when we see a need
- Simply saying “hi” to people when we see them
Kindness can have health benefits for individuals, strengthen connections and relationships and has an infectious effect in our community.
Let’s all commit to living out and sharing kindness.
The following website provides free resources to help individuals, school and communities to help in this worthy aim: www.randomactsofkindness.org/
“Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:3