January 4th, 2021 marked the first day of Insight’s year-long challenge: Make Kindness the Norm. And to say we are excited is an understatement. This past year, our physical health and mental well-being took a big setback due to the pandemic, but we are determined to change the narrative. Scientific studies show kindness has major health benefits: it increases oxytocin (the love hormone), serotonin, energy, happiness, lifespan and pleasure. It is also known to decrease pain, stress, anxiety, depression and blood pressure.
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This year also coincides with our 40th anniversary. We want to celebrate in a way that is meaningful and hope the ripple effect of kindness has a lasting and positive impact within our workplace, at home, in our community and beyond.
Throughout the year, we will spread kindness with local businesses through social media love and other initiatives. How can you help?
We kicked off the year with our friends and neighbour, Steve-O-Reno’s.
Drop in to see them for a specialty coffee, fresh baked goods and comfort food. They are open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
*January Giveaway – Closed @steveorenos
Our staff nominated one of their favourite restaurants – Tokyo Roll – for this month’s feature. Tokyo Roll is located at 1598 Argyle St. It is a new venture by the original owners of Suzuki Restaurant on Dresden Row. After serving Halifax for 10 years, a take-out restaurant with the same superb quality is now available! Open Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m. – 7 p.m.
*February Giveaway – Feb 16-17th @tokyorollhalifax
A big thank you to Nikon Lenswear, our Official Lens Partner, for joining the challenge and showing their support for local businesses.
For this challenge, we were inspired by many individuals and organization from around the around world. One that stood out for us was the Random Act of Kindness Foundation (RAK), which we decided to join as RAKtivist. They have several valuable resources available for everyone.
Let’s upstage the negative stories by sharing your experience of a random act of kindness. Someone left you an anonymous note to lift your spirits? We’d love to hear from you. Share them on social media using #BeKindHFX
February 14-20th – Random Act of Kindness Week – #BeKindHFX
February 17th – Random Act of Kindness Day
November 13th – World Kindness Day
World Kindness Day is an international observance on 13 November. It was introduced in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement, a coalition of nations’ kindness NGO’s.