23 wellbeing things. No. 17, Be the mate you’d like to have

FriendsWe are all stronger when we support one another because there are lots of us, so even if we each only send one or two tweets, laugh out loud GIFs, uplifting anecdotes, texts to say “hi” or stop and ask how someone’s holding up (or indeed just complain about the British weather), we all know so many people that it is likely everyone will get to get  a message from someone every few days and then pay it forward, so that the love keeps on rolling.

It feels good to know someone has been thinking about you, and better still to hear from them.  It’s a habit we should all get into to cheer up our friends and acquaintances, making sure everyone feels noticed and valued, and if they’re not okay, giving them an invitation to let someone know so their friends can rally round (you’d be amazed what how much difference just listening to someone can make – they often solve their problems themselves afterwards).  If everyone did that, the world would be a happier place in a short time indeed.

Why not pick up your phone and check on your mates today?  And tomorrow…

Thanks to CALM (the Campaign Against Living Miserably) for today’s title, which was taken from the strapline of one of their current promotional campaigns.  CALM are a charity set up to help men to talk about mental health, support one another and to seek help when they feel distressed.

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