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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.

Share Shed Totnes: Sharing Uni-Cycles, Guitars and Valuable Conversations!

The Network of Wellbeing helped launch Share Shed Totnes in April 2017. It acts as a type of “library of things”; a place where people can borrow tools and other equipment that they need, but might not be able to afford or want to buy. Two months on, NOW’s Director, Roger Higman interviewed the Share Shed Manager, Mark Jeffreys to find out how things are going. He finds people are using Share Shed Totnes to borrow and lend a wealth of items, including uni-cycles, guitars and strimmers. And that it turns out one of the most important things shared is often lovely conversations!

Museum of Happiness: A Happier, Kinder and More Playful World

Our friends at the Museum of Happiness have launched a crowdfunding campaign to help them to create a happier, kinder and more playful world.

They aim to raise £25,000 in order to open the world’s first dedicated Museum of Happiness in Camden, London. They’re offering amazing rewards for supporters – so through supporting them you will help a fantastic project and you’ll receive a brilliant new gift or experience too!

They have already passed the £15,000 mark, but they need your help to reach their goal!

Can You Be Well When Others Aren’t?

Guest post by Duncan Fraser, Project Director of Useful and Kind Unlimited

I believe that I can only be truly well when my brothers and sisters, be they neighbours or on the other side of the world, are well too. It is about celebrating diversity and difference. Giving and not counting the cost. Not fighting for what we believe is right, but loving and willing it into being.