Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of wellbeing research.
Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.
Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.
I am at my happiest when I am helping someone else. Whether that is my family, friends or my colleagues at work. When I give a little bit of my time and energy to helping others, it makes me feel really good.
We all need a little help every now and then and I believe that it is important to pay that support forward when you can.
There are lots of studies that show that helping others is good for your mental health and I believe that I am living proof that this is the case.
Estelle - Office Administrator