12 Days of Xmas Wellbeing: Give out love

Over 12 days in the lead-up to Christmas, I’ll be writing 12 posts all about boosting your wellbeing…

On the 10th day of Christmas my true love gave to me…

12 quotes to inspire and live by11 song lyrics and movie quotes to boost and motivate, 10 websites for when life gets tough, 9 ways to de-stress, 8 ways to improve your low mood, 7 mood boosting foods, 6 ways to show yourself some love, 5 ways to stop people pleasing, 4 good ways to get moving… and

3 ways to pass on some love!

Helping a person will not necessarily change the world, but it will change the world for that person. (1)

There is no better time than now to do something selfless which will make someone else happy. Do you remember the FRIENDS episode in which the group argued if it was really possible to do something completely selfless? The answer (in my opinion!) is no…because doing something selfless ultimately makes you also feel good about yourself. Does this matter? NO! Even better – you are making others feel good, and you feel good – double win!

So, what can you do to pass on some love to others?

  • Volunteer. It’s an obvious one, and one that I am actually hopeless at signing up to (NY Resolution maybe?), but it makes such a difference. Also, the Institute for Voluntary Research has found that volunteering can help reduce stress levels and depression, and have a positive impact on your relationships and your self-esteem. See the full report here.

Convinced and want to sign up? Radio 1 have been running a campaign called #1millionhours to increase volunteering. Check it out here.

  • Send a thoughtful little something. I always remember when I was at a particularly low point, I received a card and small gift from a close friend in the post. It gave me an uplift for the first time in weeks and really made a difference, as I knew someone out there was supporting me. If you know a friend or family member is going through a hard time, or just because you want to let them know you love them, send a small gesture in the post to make their day.
  • Help someone out. Christmas can be stressful for the people who have to cook the dinner, clean up and provide entertainment for guests. Help them out to reduce their stress… As much as they might shoo you away, you can always help them out in some way – make them a cuppa, do some clearing up and pour the drinks for the guests!
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