Happiness and Giving Go Hand in Hand

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Byline: MIRANDA CASHIN

AS ANYONE who has spent time volunteering or committed a random act of kindness would know, you tend to get just as much out of it as the people you have helped.

Australian Rabbi Jacqueline Ninio says we all know that helping others can make us feel good but few people's lives reflect that knowledge.

aThe happiest people are the most altruistic and the most caring and giving,a said Sophie Scott, the author of Road Testing Happiness: How To Be Happier No Matter What.

June Appleton has been volunteering two days a week at the Buderim Bloomhill op shop for the past nine years and said she could not imagine life without it.

She loves the social interaction with the other volunteers as well as the sense that she is giving back to the community in which she lives.

aYou feel like you are doing something good for the local community, but really you get so much more back yourself. I just love it.a

If you cannot commit to regular volunteering you can still reap the benefits of altruism by simply committing random acts of kindness.

This could mean letting someone go in front of you in a queue, opening the door for someone, complimenting someone you meet or telling those you work with what you appreciate about them.

Sophie Lee loves to leave little notes in library books or the pockets of clothes hanging in shops.

aI got the idea from a book I read a few years back and I have been doing it ever since,a she said. …