Participation in social and community life has attracted a lot of attention in the field of wellbeing research.

Individuals who report a greater interest in helping others are more likely to rate themselves as happy.

Research into actions for promoting happiness has shown that committing an act of kindness once a week over a six-week period is associated with an increase in wellbeing.

"The act of giving means different things to everyone – everything from expensive gifts from something as simple as giving a few minutes of your time to a stranger who just needs someone to listen.

The best part of my job is knowing that I’m part of a fantastic team that listens to the needs and concerns of our customers and is there to give the advice and support that they need to support themselves, their staff, and their loved ones.

No matter what it is you do, even the smallest gesture can brighten someone’s day."

Gareth Shephard - Information & Communications Advisor