Why giving back is catching on!

When lockdown ended the first time, I suggested writing a list of things you had achieved over that extraordinary time.

The idea was to get you to look back in an effort to celebrate your wins and appreciate the lessons those months, when the world stood still, had taught you.

This week, I invite you to do almost the opposite. I’m suggesting to you to set your intentions for what you would like to achieve during this last month, of this exceptional year.

Let’s face it, for most of us December is usually a crazy month at the best of times, I can only imagine the chaos that will ensue if some restrictions are lifted this week.

So, I invite you to take this time to quietly reflect and set some meaningful goals for yourself. Consider including things that should you reflect on New Year’s Eve, they will make you feel as though the month really counted and you were leaving 2020 on a high note.

Setting intentions for myself really helps to keep me on track.

One of mine for this next month will be giving back. Giving back and contributing to my community is so important to me, I know how very fortunate I am and believe I have a responsibility to help where I can.  So, during advent I will continue to be active in my community but with an extra dollop of love and have been looking for other opportunities to help.

My girls are grown up now and thankfully feel the same way and so, we shall be out and about throughout December working with a couple of local charities delivering cheer within our community.

Of course, it is important for the community because without volunteers, so many initiatives and events would not be so readily available. Spending time helping out not only provides an important service for the people who benefit but, I feel I am contributing and that is all any of us really wants isn’t it?

Giving back to the place you call home helps to unite the community and bridge some of the social and economic gaps especially at this time of year.

There is so much research around the positive benefits of giving back and spending time doing it, is a great way to see the world through a different lens. It is statistically proven that people who volunteer regularly are healthier both physically and mentally. People who have volunteered throughout their lifetime typically live longer and have better psychological well-being. In addition to the health benefits, volunteering gives people a sense of purpose. That fulfilling feeling of giving back and contributing to society is everything.

Helping those around you also helps you to find a deeper appreciation for what you have. And gratitude is always a good idea.

One of the greatest aspects for me is that, when you volunteer you will be surrounded by people who are dedicated to making the world a better place too and where better to start than in your own neighbourhood.

So, if you don’t already, might you consider adding giving back to your intention list this month?

If you would like some ideas of places in your area that might be looking for help, contacting your local council might be a good place to start.

Here is to the last month of the year -together let’s make it count, let’s make a difference and be the change we want to see 💛