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The Power of Kindness

22 November 2021

Celebrating World Kindness Day and Self Care Week at UCL.

Leaflet on library desk promoting a competition as part of World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day was created with the aim of “inspiring individuals towards greater kindness by connecting nations to create a kinder world”. Its main purpose is to encourage people to go out of their way to be kind to others and spread some positivity on 13 November every year.

To kick start the kindness chain the UCL Student Support and Wellbeing team left little treats in the UCL libraries across Bloomsbury. As they write in an article on The Power of Kindness “kindness costs nothing and empathy is everything”.

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GOSH Institute of Child Health Library encouraged their customers to share thoughts, ideas, poems, or art work on the theme of wellbeing. This is the first time that the team have supported wellbeing initiatives with users and it was a stunning success.

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Book of the week display in Institute of Archaeology Library

Institute of Archaeology Library wove World Kindness Day into their popular Book of the Week display. They gave out vegan recipes, autumn leaves bookmarks and cat pens.

The Therapy Dogs also visited campus during the week, making a lot of new friends.

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Be kind to yourself

Self care can take many forms such as finding time to watch a good film with friends or reading an enjoyable book. You can find many resources in the library to help you relax. However you spend this time, remember to take regular study breaks to rest and recharge.

Kindness and self care are important throughout the year. Student Support and Wellbeing are here to support you throughout your time at UCL. You can speak with advisers and counsellors, access online resources and more.