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Do something nice for a friend, or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time. Join a community group. Look out, as well as in. Seeing yourself, and your happiness, linked to the wider community can be incredibly rewarding and creates connections with the people around you.

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  • Volunteering at Carlisle Eden Mind gave me a purpose in life and provided me with the opportunity to meet new people and engage with people that I wouldn’t otherwise come into contact with. It's that that's given me the confidence to start applying for work again.

  • I’ve just come back from helping an elderly woman in the town with some simple DIY tasks. She was so grateful. Perhaps the most useful thing I’ve done in years.

  • I volunteer with Moving On Support, and I really enjoy befriending. It’s nice to know that I can give something back and help people feel better.

  • I tried volunteering at a local care home but found I didn't always have much time. Instead, I now simply try to 'give' all day, every day. I help people when before I might not have done - lending a stranger 20p for the bus, picking things up when people drop them, holding the door open for someone, letting someone else have the last loaf in the shop! Now it just comes naturally, and I feel better for it.

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    Treating others as we'd like to be treated is the first step towards treating ourselves better. We're often hard on ourselves. But if we can say, truthfully, 'I am someone who gives back to others' then we learn new confidence and new love for ourselves. The rewards of giving are endless, and you can give far more than money and, in a lot of cases, it will be better appreciated!

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