Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” Giving back to others, without expecting something in return, does not only help us find ourselves when we feel lost, but research has shown that having a purpose outside ourselves is good for our mental health, our physical health and longevity.

According to the Mental Health Foundation, helping others promotes positive physiological changes in the brain associated with happiness, and volunteering can reduce loneliness in a world where isolation is getting worse due to extensive social media usage and fast pace of life.

Helping others in need can transform our perspective and model of our world, as it can be an opportunity for us to feel more grateful for what we have in life. Contribution makes us feel good, and as a result, stress is reduced allowing our immune system to function better.

Last but not least, giving may also increase how long we live. Studies of older people show that those who give support to others live longer than those who don’t.

Now that you know some of the physical and well-being benefits you can experience through contribution, why not join us in Basket Brigade 2018 on Sunday 23rd December. You will not only help us deliver hundreds of food baskets to unsuspected families in need on Christmas day, but you can also improve your happiness and self-esteem in a meaningful and fun way.

To participate in Basket Brigade London 2018, please register here

We look forward to hearing from you!