We didn’t think it would be possible to find a silver lining in a global pandemic, but there is one small shred of light amidst the darkness: we’re all being a little bit kinder to each other, and to ourselves.
From big acts to small gestures, stories of kindness have punctured the general gloom that has taken over our news feeds since Covid-19 first started to spread. We’ve seen footballer Marcus Rashford successfully campaign for free school meals for children during lockdown and half term, and small businesses step up to help. We’ve seen people in Italy gather onto their balconies to sing together to ease loneliness, and the term “caremongering” spread in Canada as people joined together to provide food and medicine to those in need.
The acts of kindness have been so widespread across the past few months that Covid-19 has even been dubbed the “pandemic of kindness”.