Would you like to be part of creating a happier and more caring
society? If so please join our movement, add your pledge and take
action - at home, at school, at work or in your community. Together
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I will try to create more happiness and less unhappiness in the world around me
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Whether it's a one-off or something you do on a regular basis,
volunteering is good all round. As well as making a positive
contribution to the happiness of others, it's a great way to meet
people, get the most out of your local area and to increase your
own happiness and wellbeing.
Science shows that we can get as much out of volunteering as the people we are giving our time for or to.
Giving to others through volunteering and in other ways has been associated with reduced depression and anxiety and increased personal wellbeing and happiness. Indeed one researcher described the 'helpers high'. 
What's more, volunteering is one way to actively participate in social and community life, which is also strongly associated with happiness and life satisfaction. 
Step 1: Think
What sort of volunteering would work best for you practically? Although it's definitely good to push our boundaries (see Keep learning new things) we're likely to make the biggest impact if it fits with our situation, likes and skills. 
A good place to get started is to think about:
Step 2. Find an opportunity that fits
There are lots of ways to find volunteering opportunities that are a good fit for you. Here are some ideas
 Post, S. G., & Niemark, J. (2007). Why good things happen to good people: How to live a longer, healthier, happier life by the simple act of giving.New York: Broadway Books.
 Luks, A. (1988, October). Helper's high: Volunteering makes people feel good, physically and emotionally. And like "runner's calm," it's probably good for your health. Psychology Today, 22(10), 34-42.
 Nef(2008) Five Waysto Wellbeing: the Evidence. Prepared for theUKGovernment's Foresight Project
FoodCycle: where communities unite to make sure no good food is wasted
Reach links up skilled volunteers with voluntary organisations
The UK’s leading volunteering and training charity (formerly CSV)
Why Kindness is Good For You
Evidence that kindness can improve our lives
Community project to bring neighbourhoods closer together
Help From Home
Home based microvolunteer actions that benefit so many worthy causes
Volunteering Made Easy
Institute for Volunteering Research
Develops knowledge and understanding of volunteering to support practitioners
v (young volunteers service)
Inspiring and connecting 16-24 year olds with volunteering opportunities
Mentoring programmes for children aged 5-11 years with behavioural difficulties
Pairs runners with isolated less-mobile people in their area
Just Add Spice
Credit systems to increase participation of community members in public services
Orange Mobile Volunteering
Got 5 minutes? Do some good
Brings in skills & expertise to help small charities and social enterprises grow
Spots of Time
Miniature volunteering activities - changing the world starts small
Supports individuals and businesses to find rewarding volunteering opportunities
Supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity
Exploring how the arts can inspire kindness, community and social change
Giving is good for you
Altruistic behaviour releases endorphins in the brain and boosts happiness for us as well as the people we help. Studies have shown that giving money away tends to make people happier than spending it on themselves.
Do things for others
"We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with
- Mother Theresa
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We just need a little bit of information about you before we can add this to ouractions for happiness.
We’ll be in touch soon to give you updates on how the movement is growing