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  • Give and share

    Giving is about give something of yourself (your time, money or kindness) for a friend, or even a stranger! A simple thank you or a smile  to someone else can be enough to make you happier. You could even volunteer your time, or join a community group?

    Feeling 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 wellbeing.

    • Volunteering is one way of giving back your time to others, and 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 can give them a call and check on how they’re doing.
    • Offer to fetch the shopping, or look after the kids of a neighbour so they 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 needs 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” or “thank you”


    You could donate blood at a local blood donor centre:


    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 volunteering opportunities at the Volunteer Centre Sheffield, run by Voluntary Action Sheffield

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