Love and be Loved this Valentine's Day February 2017

Come February 14th will you be looking for more love and/or friendship in your life? Surprisingly, the answer isn't speed dating or splashing out on an expensive meal. It's volunteering.

Research by leading universities, including the London School of Economics and Harvard, reveals that by giving your time and help to a worthy cause you will receive multiple benefits including feeling happier. And let's face it, when we look happy we are far more fanciable.

But it doesn't end there. As well as putting a big smile on your face and a twinkle in your eye, your body will benefit too. Volunteering has been shown to counteract stress, anxiety and even depression which means you'll be giving off some great vibes. Many volunteering opportunities also involve working in groups creating a perfect opportunity to make new friends and maybe find that special someone? And rather than feel pressurised by time constraints, volunteering has also been found to make you feel like you have more time on your hands.

We have plenty of  opportunities both short and long-term so you are sure to find a great match. Whether you're an animal lover, a people person, an art enthusiast or a festival goer why not put a smile on yours and someone else's face this Valentine's?

Michelle Hubbard