Small acts of kindness towards other people, or larger ones – such as volunteering in your local community – can give you a sense of purpose. It can make you feel happier and more satisfied with life. Sometimes, we think of wellbeing in terms of what we have: our income, our home or car, or our job. But evidence shows that what we do and the way we think have the biggest impact on mental wellbeing.
Helping and supporting other people, and working with others towards a shared goal, is good for our mental wellbeing.
Positive mental wellbeing means feeling good – about yourself and the world around you – and being able to get on with life in the way you want.
Giving helps your mental wellbeing because…
- Research suggests that acts of giving and kindness – small and large – are associated with positive mental wellbeing.
- Giving to others and co-operating with them can stimulate the reward areas in the brain, creating positive feelings.
- Helping and working with others can also give us a sense of purpose and feelings of self-worth.
- Giving our time to others in a constructive way helps us strengthen our relationships and build new ones. Relationships with others also help mental wellbeing.
How you can give more…
Giving can take lots of different forms, from small everyday acts to larger commitments.
Today, you could:
- Say thank you to someone, for something they’ve done for you.
- Phone a relative or friend who needs support or company.
- Ask a colleague how they are and really listen to the answer.
- Offer to lend a hand if you see a stranger struggling with bags or a pushchair.
This week, you could:
- Arrange a day out for you and a friend or relative.
- Offer to help a relative with DIY or a colleague with a work project.
- Sign up to a mentoring project, in which you give time and support to someone who will benefit from it.
- Volunteer in your local community, or speak to a member of staff at Visions Thurrock to enrol on the volunteering or peer support scheme.
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Thurrock Community Voluntary ServiceVisit their website to learn more
Thurrock CVS (Community Voluntary Services) is a membership organisation that supports, develops and promotes the voluntary, community, faith and social sector in Thurrock.