A new report has revealed that a quarter of Brits believe the UK’s northern cities to show more daily kindness than the south – but who actually comes out on top?
In honour of Random Acts of Kindness Week, hotel chain Travelodge has conducted a ‘Kindness Report’, surveying 2,000 adults to determine just which UK cities are topping the list for niceness.
The north proved to be champion, with seven out of the top 10 kindest cities being from the northern regions of Britain. In fact, the top three were northern cities.
Coming in at first place was Liverpool, where 55% of residents perform an act of kindness every day. It doesn’t have to be a grandiose gesture either; holding the door open for someone, holding the lift for someone and helping a mum up steps with her pram or shopping proved to be the top nice gestures.
Meanwhile, York took the second spot in the league table, with 51% of its residents doing good deeds every day, including letting others go ahead in the supermarket queue or offering directions to someone who is lost.
Third place went to Manchester, where 48% of residents do nice things every day, from giving another driver the right of way to smiling at strangers.
These may sound like small gestures, but 75% of Brits revealed it made their day when a stranger was nice to them – and it was the smallest acts which proved to mean the most.
Brits themselves are a kind nation, with 33% of adults showing some form of kindness to strangers on a daily basis, whether they’re offering up a seat to strangers on public transport or giving someone a compliment.
The UK’s top 10 kindest cities:
1. Liverpool – 55%
2. York – 51%
3. Manchester – 48%
4. Aberdeen – 40%
5. Plymouth – 38%
6. Wolverhampton – 37%
7. Leeds – 35%
8. Cambridge – 34%
9. Glasgow – 32%
10. London – 31%