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The Place of Kindness

Kindness is an important, often underestimated, virtue to hold and something we are perhaps all guilty of taking for granted, ignoring even, in a fast moving society. For those of us who are time poor and have lots of people around us, we don’t always appreciate how a simple act of kindness can impact an individual, and in turn society.

Breaking the Spell of Loneliness and Building Wellbeing Together

Loneliness could be considered the antithesis of happiness and wellbeing. Leading research shows that the single most important action people can take to enhance wellbeing is to ‘connect’ with others. This offers a valuable clue as to the links between loneliness and wellbeing: as loneliness increases, wellbeing and happiness tends to fall, and vice versa. This is one reason why here at the Network of Wellbeing (NOW) we are proud to support the ‘Breaking The Spell of Loneliness Tour’ run by leading journalist George Monbiot and folk singer Ewan McLennan. This Tour has sought to directly address loneliness and build wellbeing by bringing people together to connect, share and enjoy inspiring music.

Time and Experiences Make You Happier Than Stuff

In today’s arguably hyper-materialist world we are often fed the idea that stuff will make us happy: if only we could get that latest phone, that new TV, that great new pair of shoes, happiness would be ours! Or so the marketing messaging goes. However, an increasing amount of research tells us that this is simply not the case; that, in fact, more free time and positive experiences give us more happiness and wellbeing than new stuff can offer.