Giving to others can stimulate your brain to release endorphins which are associated with trust, pleasure and social connections. Whether it's your time, your ear by listening or your money, giving to other people will also make you happier and give you more satisfaction than spending it on yourself. Being happy means you’re more likely to give to others so it’s a great way to begin a cycle of generosity and happiness. Why don’t you start off by trying a one of these?
- Volunteer – Find your volunteering match
Would you like to help other people in your community, inspire a young person, take on a new challenge or use your experience in a different way?
Throughout Surrey there are thousands of ways to volunteer, and it’s now easier than ever – just sign up via the Surrey County Council website, and in return you’ll get help finding an opportunity that fits your interests, skills and the time you have available.
Head to surreycc.gov.uk/volunteer or call 03456 009 009 to sign up. Your details will be sent to your local volunteer centre, who will get in touch to arrange an informal chat in person or over the phone. Once they’ve found out a bit more about you, they’ll match you with different volunteering options – and your volunteering adventure can begin.
- Donate to charity – it’s really easy to set up small monthly donations that can make a big difference to people’s lives.
- Sponsor a friend – if you know someone who is doing something amazing to raise money for charity you can show your support by sponsoring them.
- Give blood – it’s very easy to do and could save someone’s life. Find out how to do it here.