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Kind Britons rack up 132 good deeds every year

  • Big-hearted Britons reckon they do 132 “good deeds” every year, a survey has found.

From holding doors open to taking in parcels for neighbours, some claim to carry out as many as 11 acts of kindness a week.

But while eight in 10 people believe 21st century Britain is just as community-minded as it has ever been, the nature of our good turns is a little different.

Good deeds for the modern age now include “liking” social media posts for friends who feel down – named by 43 per cent.

And 31 per cent said they stuck up for people being trolled, while 40 per cent said they ticked Gift Aid boxes when buying online.

Also on the list were promoting small businesses by leaving good reviews (36 per cent) and endorsing people on the networking site LinkedIn (20 per cent).

Meanwhile, other small kindnesses have fallen by the wayside, with more than one in 10 Britons saying they have no time to write and send birthday cards.

Need Just 23 per cent said they helped neighbours with shopping and 33 per cent now cook meals for those in need.

Good deeds we are most likely to perform regularly include holding doors open (72 per cent), taking in deliveries for neighbours (62 per cent) and donating clothes to charity (59 per cent).

The survey of 1,500 Britons, commissioned by GOFUNDME, crowned Plymouth the kindness capital of the UK, with its inhabitants dealing out 14.6 good deeds a month on average.

It also found people would be more likely to do more good deeds if they had the time (41 per cent) and had someone to tell them how to do it (35 per cent).

Women have been quicker to take up the online trend, with 54 per cent saying they clicked like on social media posts to make friends feel better, compared with only 29 per cent of men.

John Coventry, from GOFUNDME, said: “As we have moved our lives increasingly online we have found incredible ways of showing kindness and support for others, whether it is being there when they are down or chipping in at times of crisis. At its very best the internet brings people closer together and gives them tools to help each other.”

Jaime Thurston, the author of Kindness, The Little Thing That Matters Most, said technology “has opened up additional avenues of kindness”.

He added: “Even a small act of kindness can make a huge difference to someone’s life. Both giving and receiving kindness has positive effects on the brain and on the heart.”