Why Loving Yourself Is as Important as Loving Others

Cheryl Rickman | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Cheryl Rickman

o be effective in your kindness, must you always put others' needs and feelings in front of your own? As parents and/or siblings and/or carers, we may often and should often do that. Yet isn't it important to take a more balanced approach?

The Random Acts of Kindness That Are Sweeping the World

Zion Lights | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Zion Lights

Sometimes we need a bit of perspective and inspiration to shake off the winter blues, and there's certainly enough goodwill around to achieve it. I suspect that this goodwill extends far beyond the Christmas season every year, but that without high shopping sales and sentimental TV adverts to remind us of a wonderful human trait, many small acts of kindness go unnoticed.

A Friendly Reminder to Everyone About the People Who Serve You Every Day

Gabrielle Leimon | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gabrielle Leimon

I've processed everything through the till as I was trained to do. I counted the change out twice. It is absolutely unknown to me what this man seems to be having a problem with and yet he decides to stand there, a heaving queue behind him, and mocks me for a further five minutes in a moment that was truly overwhelming. It's only my first day.

WATCH: The Science Of Kindness Explained

The Huffington Post UK | Patricia Doma | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Whether you're struggling with your shopping bags or you just need someone to give you a break, random acts of kindness can instantly turn a person's ...

My Friends Are Racists

Gina Lyons | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK
Gina Lyons

People don't mean any genuine harm, on anyone I would have to believe, but like mine, many working class families read The Sun newspaper and early on adopt a belief that all Muslims bomb people, that the country is overran with immigrants and that people on benefits are lazy *****.

Creating Memorable Moments for Hospice Patients

Jonathan Ellis | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Jonathan Ellis

While New Year's resolutions are still fresh, many of us have no doubt been looking at how we spend our time and how we can introduce positive changes this year. Time is precious for all of us, but this is especially true for people who are terminally ill. This affects individuals in different ways but many choose to embrace life as fully as possible and indeed are supported to do this by hospices across the country.

How Plausible Is a Good Person?

Ariane Sherine | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK
Ariane Sherine

"How plausible is a good atheist?" asked Christian Today last week. Given that most people in Britain are de facto atheists, living their lives with only a desultory nod to religion, the question might as well have been "How plausible is a good person?"

Twelve Days of Christmas De-Stress Tips

Jayne Morris | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Morris

Imagine waking up on Christmas morning with the same energy and excitement that you had as a child... I believe that this is something we can all experience, if we consciously make an effort to connect with a sense of inner peace amidst the surrounding chaos.

What Makes a Good Person?

Gina Lyons | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Gina Lyons

I was in NYC recently and overheard a guy describe a girl he was seeing. He explained to his mate that she spoke five languages, was a medical student, had a good family and I swear he finished it off by saying she was also in the Peace Corps. it got me thinking about what people measure someone to be a good person

Pope Francis Blesses & Embraces Disfigured Man (PICTURE)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

Pope Francis put on another touching display of compassion this week as he blessed and embraced a severely disfigured man. The pontiff was holding...

'I Felt Only Love': Disfigured Man Talks Of Moving Encounter With The Pope

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

A disfigured man who was pictured being tenderly embraced by the Pope has spoken for the first time about his meeting with the head of the Catholic Ch...

Six Good Reasons to Create a Compassionate Workplace

Andy Fraser | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Andy Fraser

Before you start picturing boardroom sing-alongs and group hugs around the water cooler, let's define a compassionate workplace as follows: a work environment where people feel valued and supported, and are encouraged to develop their skills and reach their full potential.

Poorna Bell

What's The Nicest Thing Someone Has Done For You Lately? | Poorna Bell | Posted 12.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Every two weeks, we set aside some time to champion the nice things people have done for us. This could be from the stranger who held the door open to...

What's The Nicest Thing Someone Has Done For You Lately?

The Huffington Post UK | Poorna Bell | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle

Here at HuffPost UK Lifestyle, we're great believers in kindness, whether it's helping out a stranger at the supermarket or simply doing something for...

Altruism Online: Five Uplifting Stories From Reddit

James Coe | Posted 28.07.2013 | UK Tech
James Coe

I want to share five stories of when people have used the social media website Reddit to unconditionally help another. The lesson is simple - if we all do whatever little things we can to help one another today, in the future we'll all receive payment in kindness; money isn't always necessary.

What Does 'Try' Mean?

Josh Taerk | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Josh Taerk

It's not about what you say but how you say it that creates the affect words have. So the next time you're faced with a situation that seems impossible at the time, remember that it's not about "trying," but about giving it all of your "try."

Civilian Responses at the Boston Marathon Show the Very Best of Human Nature

Rebecca Meredith | Posted 15.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Rebecca Meredith

While we are reading the breaking news stories, the minute by minute coverage and the messages from friends saying they are safe and well, the most amazing stories begin to be revealed. The stories that will bring hope in years to come, when memorials are laid and the victims remembered.

Charitable Giving in a Cashless Society

Alison Hutchinson | Posted 16.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alison Hutchinson

Traditionally, dropping a few pence in charity boxes has always been a popular way to give. The UK Giving Report found that giving cash is still the most popular donation method. However in recent years we carry less cash and charity boxes are not as evident.

Paying It Forward: The Psychology of Random Good Deeds

Sandi Mann | Posted 09.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sandi Mann

Paying it forward is not a concept that has gathered huge momentum in the UK. I think if some random stranger paid for my coffee here in Manchester, my reaction would be more suspicious than grateful; we in the UK, are simply not used to strangers performing arbitrary acts of kindness for us.

BELT! Why a Black Eye Reveals More About Those That View You

Hilary Robinson | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hilary Robinson

It wasn't a particularly vicious assault, but last week I accidently, and forcefully, whacked my cheekbone with my own tennis racquet and, as a consequence, turned my blue eye black.

Tuition Fees: Evidence of an Unkind System

Hugh Salmon | Posted 01.04.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Hugh Salmon

It was revealed last week that, following the introduction of university tuition fees, there has been a 40% drop in admissions. What a surprise.


Hugh Salmon | Posted 27.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Hugh Salmon

In the face of the horror of Sandy Hook, perhaps now would be a good time to celebrate the kindness of the American people and hope that this basic human instinct will prevail.

8 Spiritual Gifts to Give Yourself for a Less Stressful Christmas

Tony Lobl | Posted 21.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

If this Christmas "state of mind" helps free us from stress during the holiday season wouldn't we want to keep bringing out these same spiritual elements in our lives throughout the year?

I'll Be Doing Myself a Favour on World Kindness Day

Andy Fraser | Posted 12.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Andy Fraser

Today is World Kindness Day, and we're all being encouraged to help change the world by committing one simple act of kindness. I for one fully intend to play my part - and not for entirely selfless reasons.

Essential Spiritual Tips for Living That Even an Atheist Will Love...

Alice Grist | Posted 06.01.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Alice Grist

The most incredible, life changing stuff I have taken from my 'spiritual path' has been the down right sensible, the obvious, the 'tips for life' that take more from a therapeutic, humanistic approach than they do a magical or paranormal one.