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    Do you feel able to give something to a friend, or even a stranger? This doesn’t have to be money. Sometimes being kind, asking someone how they are, or helping with a task can mean much more! A simple thank you or a smile to someone else can be enough to help you and the other person lift their mood. You could even volunteer your time or join a community group.

    Belonging to part of a community can promote a greater sense of happiness. Research has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week, over a period of six weeks, is associated with an increase in feelings of positive wellbeing. Here are some suggestions to help you get started.

    • Volunteering is one way of giving back your time to others. It can also be a way of learning a new skill and meeting new like-minded people.
    • Give a friend or relative a few minutes of your time, you could arrange to meet up with them or give them a call and check in on how they’re doing.
    • If you’re worried about someone you know, send them a text just to know you’re there. Here’s a link that may help starting those conversations.
    • Offer to fetch the shopping, or look after the children of a neighbour so they can have some time to relax.
    • Share your favourite recipe with your friends, or cook it and invite them over for tea!
    • Raise money for a good cause – supporting others can make you feel valued.
    • Donate some unwanted clothing to your local charity shop.
    • Offer your seat to someone who may need it more than you.
    • Give way to another driver, or someone in the queue.
    • Offer to help someone with heavy bags.
    • Tell someone “well done”, “I really appreciate you” or “thank you”
    • If you can, donate blood at your local blood donor centre. 

    VOLUNTEERING

    Volunteering is a great way of meeting new people, plus ‘giving’ to others can really help improve your mental health.

    You can get more information about local volunteering opportunities at the Volunteer Centre Sheffield, which is run by Voluntary Action Sheffield

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