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Think back to all the times you’ve done something nice for someone without expecting anything in return. You probably remember that it gave you a warm, fuzzy feeling. This is because helping others makes us feel good. It gives us a sense of purpose, improves our self-worth and contributes to strong relationships.

Generosity can also start in small ways – at work, at home and with friends. It can be as simple as taking the time to check in with an old friend, or offering your seat to someone on the bus or train. If you take some time to practise empathy and identify ways you can improve the lives of those around you, everyone will reap the benefits.

Did you know?

Scientific studies show that helping others makes us happier. It increases life satisfaction, provides a sense of meaning, increases feelings of competence, improves our mood by releasing endorphins, and reduces stress.

How to help others:

  • Giving doesn’t have to be grand. Take time to really listen when you ask someone how their weekend was, or bake a treat for someone who is having a tough time.

  • Write a colleague a note letting them know that you really valued their help or advice. The more specific you can be, the better.

  • Volunteering is an awesome way to help others and get involved in the community.

  • Read up on how to ask a friend how they’re going, helping a friend who’s stressed and looking after yourself while volunteering.

Somewhere along the way, we must learn that there is nothing greater than to do something for others"- Martin Luther King Jr

What can I do now?

  • Support students how to develop a growth mindset.

  • Learn more about student wellbeing.

  • Teach students about resilience.