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How helping others can make us more positive and happier within ourselves – especially at Xmas :)

Hi my name is Danielle and I am a final year Psychology student at Liverpool John Moores University. I have explored First Person Project thoroughly and love the amazing work they are doing! Matty and Jonathan are working extremely hard to empower others and are helping us to unite together as a community. They are both extremely passionate, encouraging and positive, and do an outstanding job in allowing people to better understand themselves; providing them with the tools and self-confidence needed to make positive changes.

I have decided to write a blog about positive psychology and how we can introduce it in to our everyday lives, to improve ourselves and others. Positive psychology looks at happiness and how each of our lives can be more fulfilling. It allows to focus on our strengths rather than weaknesses, and build on the good things that happen in life.

For me, helping others gives a feeling of happiness and fulfillment, its good to make others feel good. But before we can help others we must ensure we are positive and happy within ourselves. My advice - We should take time throughout the day to think positively and be thankful for the little things in life. When we are feeling positive it is much easier for us to uplift others too!

Hello Positivity....please come on in!

Here are some simple ways we can introduce positivity in to every day life:

1. Smile more often

2. Tell someone what the best thing about your day has been

3. Instead of focusing on flaws we should embrace our imperfections – point out something you love about yourself when you look in the mirror

4. Get some exercise – a walk into town or a jog around your local park

5. Listen to your favourite music

If you have any problems or worries that arise throughout your day, try talking about them with a friend or someone close 😊

Helping others often increases our own happiness. We all experience positive feelings from helping others, whether this be something as simple as helping a neighbour with their shopping or being a listening ear for a friend. This is not so easy given the current circumstances of COVID-19, however we can still be there for, and help one another. And what better time to help others than Christmas time?

"It is necessary to help others, not only in our prayers, but in our daily lives. If we find we cannot help others, the least we can do is to desist from harming them."

- Dalai Lama

Here are a few positive ways we can help out others, particularly during the festive season:

1. Volunteering

Volunteering is an amazing to meet new people and make new friends! It is a great way to boost your confidence as well as being a helping hand for those in need. There are so many volunteering opportunities available and you can definitely find something to match your interests. As Christmas time is approaching, spending time with the elderly in care homes is a good way to show acts of kindness towards others. Many people in care homes have no family, family who cannot spend much time with them and/or suffer from mental/health difficulties. Giving them with some company and having a simple chat and a ‘cuppa’ is sure to perk them up. Volunteering for me is so rewarding and something I love to do! It offers so much flexibility and the support from staff is always great.

2. Holding the door open for someone

This is such a simple yet effective way in which we can help someone. It’s a simple way to cheer someone up and shows that we care! Next time you see someone struggling with their Christmas shopping bags, simply hold open the door and help them out 😊

3. Paying a compliment

We can all agree paying a compliment can have such an impact on another person and their mood. It lets someone know you noticed something good about them and is sure to bring a smile to their face!

4. Giving used items to charity

Sometimes when we have items we no longer need or want we are quick to dispose of them. However, giving these unwanted items to charity is great for others. As they say “one man’s rubbish is another man’s gold” 😊

5. Donate to others

Find your local foodbank online, clear through the cupboards and donate or buy some tins. Help out people who need it the most, especially at Christmas time! You can make online donations or drop off to your nearest foodbank centre. Another option is to donate pyjamas to children spending Christmas in hospital or to donate presents to those children who may not receive presents this year.

Stay positive!!!

Try your best to stay positive! Appreciate the little things, appreciate those around you and give back the positivity and support you get from others! Focus on the good things in life and be the best version of yourself. Be there for others who are not feeling so good and remind them that things will get better and focusing on the negatives is not the way forward 😊 we can all introduce positivity in to the lives of ourselves and others. Also – take on board that doing little things for others can brighten their day as well as yours!!

Thank you very much for reading 😊

"The high road and positivity is never the easy way but always the best way"

-Nancy Wilson

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