Things to consider before you start giving
Doing a good deed can be beneficial to our mental health and wellbeing. Before you get started, you may want to consider the points below.
1. Do something you enjoy
If you love shopping, you could find out if an elderly neighbour or someone who doesn’t get out of the house much would like to come with you. If you are a cinema fan why not take a friend to see a film that you know they would enjoy? And if you enjoy a cuppa, put the kettle on for some friends at the weekend.
2. Keep others in mind
Although carrying out good deeds for other people can make you feel good, don’t forget to keep in mind why you’re doing it – for their benefit not yours.
3. Don’t overdo it
It’s important to make sure you don’t overdo it! If you find that you are giving too much of yourself or have gone beyond your means, why not take a step back. We recommend starting small so that you don’t become overwhelmed or give more than you are financially able.
Helping others doesn’t have to cost you money or take a lot of time - you could start by calling a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while, or donating a small amount of money monthly to a charity close to your heart and within your budget.1
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- Choi NG, Kim J. The effect of time volunteering and charitable donations in later life on psychological wellbeing. Ageing Soc. 2011;31(4):590–610.