We've all seen someone struggling and offered to lend a hand, but do you know that helping others is actually good for your health?
When I was a brownie I remember chasing a man's hat in the wind, I caught it , gave him it back and he was grateful and I was pretty pleased with myself!
Good deed done and not only was I in line for a badge (Yey me!) but I felt happy to have helped. 🙂
A positive impact
It's been proven that doing good, does you good! The Mental Health Foundation has written a fab article to prove it here!
I enjoy helping others and I feel amazing when I do so here's how doing good is good for you:
How can you help others?
Donate to your local food bank
When you're doing your food shop, put a few extra things in your basket . There are people near to you who are struggling to feed their families so why not help them out? Find your local food bank here!
Whether it be struggling to reach a shelf, someone looking lost or a vulnerable person hesitant to cross the road, you can help!
Get on your tip-toes, offer directions and escort them across the road!
(I was once so helpful that I offered to help a lady over the road who was in fact just waiting for lift...) 😏
Do you have any spare time? Okay so that might seem like a joke to some of you, but if you do have some free time, why not volunteer?
Click here and you'll discover lots of organisations asking for help. 🤗
I don't just mean money.
If you're a crafter drowning in your own creations, consider selling your amazing things to raise money? You could even can donate your wares to a local organisation?
If you have a skill or talent that would benefit someone, donate your skill! 👍
Remember the basics
Saying hi is simple but overlooked.
Ever sat next to someone on a train and spent an hour in silence? I'm not pressuring you to have a full conversation, I have friends who would rather sit in peace!
But saying hello as you take your seat isn't just polite, it might make someone smile! If you're going to sit that close to a complete stranger for an hour you may as well break the ice! 😳
Helping others doesn't always mean strangers.
If a friend is down in the dumps, treat them to coffee. If your parents are struggling with the housework, get your marigolds on! If your yummy mummy friend needs a break , offer to have the kids. 🙂
My good deeds
I like to crochet and knit, some would say it's a Granny hobby , I say it's relaxing and creative! I've donated my creations and I've sold some to raise money for charity and I'm pretty proud of myself!
An added bonus is, keeping my hands busy stops me raiding the food cupboard out of boredom! 😆
I help out at a primary school and I love it!
It's nice to interact with the kidders now that my daughter is all grown up! 🙁
I always come home smiling and hearing their reading improve week by week inspires me to keep helping!
Health & Happiness
There you have it, helping others is good for your health and who doesn't want, health and happiness?!
I hope I've inspired you to do a good deed but if you need further inspiration, click here! and feel your heart go all fuzzy!
Share your good deeds by dropping us a comment!
Are you feeling the cold?
It may look beautiful in the photo but it's so cold out there! You know it's chilly when your morning stroll becomes a power walk just to stay warm!
I'm one of those people who feel the cold and often have cold hands (warm heart apparently!) I love woolly jumpers and chunky socks but that's not always enough so the heating goes on, and I curl up in the toasty cocoon that is my home.
Are you the same?
Imagine then, being so cold that you want your heating on, but you know you have to afford food too.
Do you heat or eat?
This is where Cumbria Community Foundation come in. The foundation is giving people the opportunity to experience what it's really like to suffer the cold.
To support a good cause!
In 2010 the Winter Warmth Appeal was launched to help people who are forced to choose between spending their money on heating or food.
The amazing appeal has saved lives by donating funds to those who struggle to keep their homes warm, so definitely a good cause!
Did you know that during a bad winter, an average of 300 deaths occur in Cumbria? 300!
So remember that opportunity to experience what it's really like to suffer the cold?
I'd like to introduce The Big Sleep!
A night camping in the Lake District, sounds appealing right? If you enter The Big Sleep, you'll be lucky enough to be camping under the stars in the grounds of the Low Wood Bay Hotel . But let's take a moment to remember that it's January and it's the Lake District!
You'll soon be feeling the cold! But I guarantee you'll be making a difference to vulnerable people in Cumbria.
Want to help?
There are all sorts of ways you can help so have a look at these links to see how you can do your bit:
How will you help?
I'm spending all my spare time crocheting like the clappers!
I'm no crocheting specialist but I enjoy it and I'm proud to be raising money for such an important cause. I find it had to comprehend that basics such as food and heating are competing against each other, so I'm doing my bit.
My handmade coffee cosy's will be on sale at The Big Sleep so pick one up while you're there and keep your drink and your hands warm!
If you want to help in some way and would like further information then click HERE!
Now you know all about The Big Sleep, make sure everyone else knows!
Good Luck to everyone involved, you're all amazing!
Yes today is apparently Blue Monday, a day filled with feelings of post Christmas blues, an extra notch on the old belt and that glazed over look that says 'back to work'!
Are you feeling the effects of Blue Monday?
Happy new year by the way, some may say I've neglected my beloved blog recently but I prefer to admit that I gave myself three weeks away from the blogosphere! I focused on Christmas, family and friends and not only survived but thoroughly enjoyed it.
(Apart from those three days before Christmas when we frantically trawled the shops for gifts. That's right, we were the ones who left it until last minute because we were suffering with the foggy world of post 40th birthday! 😳)
So is Blue Monday really a thing? Apparently it was established by a professor who created a formula to calculate which date we'd suffer the most!
Thank you kind Sir/Madam! 😐
I'm not sure we need a formula to be honest, I ask anyone who isn't feeling the January blues in one way or another to step forward!
So for me, January itself is a bit weird, that not knowing what day it is thing seems to last forever and I'm going through that familiar phase of 2̶0̶1̶7̶ 2018! On the upside I'm using my initiative and counteracting chocolate with blueberries by way of maintaining a balanced diet 👍
I'm fortunate to have a few things planned this month which will fight the January blues. The sky might be grey and I might be enduring a case of January lostness (possibly one of my made up words) but I push my shoulders back, lift my chin and declare:
We can fight this, we can beat the January blues together!
Eat the chocolate but get some steps in.
Drink the booze but don't get paralytic.
Ignore the grey & meet with friends.
And as a wise man/woman/person/human being once said -
Live, love and laugh.
Happy new year, happy Monday & happy Blue Monday
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