The Debate Is Over; Survey Finds That Northern Cities Are Kinder Than Southern Cities


As a Northerner trying to make his way in London, I can categorically confirm that when it comes to kindness, we are light years ahead of Southerners.

Don’t get me wrong, I love London, but the folk who call dinner ‘tea’ and insist on having gravy with fish and chips are just inherently nicer people.

They say that northerners are the salt of the earth, and it’s true; everyone says hello, random people chat on the bus, and your neighbours lend you sugar and teabags when you run out.

Down here, I genuinely wonder if someone would come to my aid if I was having a heart attack in the middle of the street, and don’t get me started on the Underground – one wrong look can land you in a whole world of trouble.

But don’t take my word for it, in honour of ‘Random Acts of Kindness Week’, hotel chain Travelodge has conducted a ‘Kindness Report’ to determine which UK cities are the kindest.

And guess what? According to the survey of 2,000 adults, the north came out on top, with seven of the top ten kindest cities hailing from the northern regions of Britain.

See, told you so.

Coming out on top was the great city of Liverpool, where 55% of residents perform an act of kindness every day.

From holding the door open for someone to helping a mum up steps with her pram, Scousers are the crème de la crème of all things nice.

Apparently, the national average of random acts of kindness every day is 33%, but York and Manchester smashed that with 51% and 48% respectively.

Oh, and Oxford came last.

Here’s the top ten in full:

  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%

That’s a lot of northern niceness.

Shakila Ahmed, Travelodge spokesman, said:

“A random act of kindness can be something very small but it can have a major impact on someone’s life.

Every day we see random acts of kindness being performed from our hotel teams across our 542 UK Travelodge hotels.

One hotel manager offered to be a city tour guide for a couple traveling from Canada and a receptionist went the extra mile and decorated a couple’s bedroom with red roses on the day of their surprise engagement.

This research shows we are certainly a nation that likes to dish out random acts of kindness, which is a powerful force as receiving kindness not only improves our happiness, physical health but our general well being.”

So there we have it, northern cities are kinder, and now I have the definitive, scientific evidence to back my claim up.

Thanks, science – you never fail to astound me.

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