Every year we hold a 'Random Acts of Kindness' week in Cornwall and this year is no different. Join us between 28th October and 5th November to spread kindness through the county.

There are many good reasons why we should all practice more kindness. Apart from the obvious, that it makes the world a nicer place for everyone, it also has proven personal benefits to your own health and wellbeing as the Mental Health Foundation's excellent publication "Doing Good Does You Good" explains:

1. Helping others feels good - When you help others, it promotes positive physiological changes in the brain associated with happiness.

2. It brings a sense of belonging and reduces isolation - Being part of a social network leads to a feeling of belonging.

3. It helps to keep things in perspective - Many people don't realise the impact that a different perspective can have on their outlook on life.

4. It helps make the world a happier place - Acts of kindness have the potential to make the world a happier place. An act of kindness can improve confidence, control happiness and optimism.

5. The more you do for others, the more you do for yourself - Evidence shows that the benefits of helping others can last long after the act itself by providing a 'kindness bank' of memories that can be drawn upon in the future.

And as if that wasn't enough, it can reduce stress, help get rid of negative feelings and help you live longer! So what are you waiting for? What we'd like you to do is plan and carry out your own random acts of kindness. If you are stuck for ideas, this link may offer some inspiration

Once you have completed your acts, we want you to tell us about it (with pics or videos if you can) on the Random Acts of Kindness Cornwall Facebook Page so we can encourage others to do the same.

Remember - stay safe (Random Acts of Kindness can be carried out alone but are more fun when with friends or colleagues) and stay legal (respect the rights and property of others)