A surprising way to make yourself feel good
What are your resolutions for 2015? Less food, caffeine, "screen-time".... more exercise?
These are good goals, which will no doubt give us a kick - if we succeed.
But could our resolutions be even more rewarding?
More often than not they centre around us – what will make me happy, what will improve me? But, what if our resolutions for 2015 were to centre on those around us? Perhaps counter-intuitively, the research suggests that it is doing things for others and doing good that actually makes us feel good.
In this spirit, I’ve decided to make this goal my resolution for 2015:
To make my street the friendliest in the neighbourhood - to build the already healthy community spirit where I live and make Queensmill Road famous for the strength of its community spirit.
I’m gathering a small team of neighbours and together we’re going to put on a few events over the course of the year. We haven’t decided what, but our early thoughts are that we’ll choose three of these ideas:
- Pot Luck Dinner – we’ll provide the baked potatoes and everyone else can bring a filling – any time of year
- Give and Take Event – a day for neighbours to put out unwanted furniture and other things on their street – any time of year
- Eurovision Song Contest Fancy Dress Party – a chance to – at least for a day - celebrate Europe, kitch and extravagance - 16th May
- Big Lunch – lunch with your neighbours that now happens in thousands of streets across the UK - 7th June
- Rugby World Cup Final – the third biggest sporting event after the Olympics and the football World Cup - 31st October
What else could we do to make our street more friendly?
I’m excited by the prospect of 2015 – of the difference my neighbours and I could make where we are – and the sense of purpose and belonging we’ll get from this community experiment!