For the love of community

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Looking for ways to raise your positivity? You can ‘level up’ in so many ways. One of the easiest ways to level up is to get involved in your community. It is amazing how your outlook and mood can change when you immerse yourself in local activities.

You can volunteer at events and for charities. Charities in particular are always looking for volunteers. Do an online search for ones in your area.

Think about causes you are passionate about such as fighting cancer, anti-bullying or humane treatment of animals. Then use local resources like libraries to find out how you can get involved.

Places like museums and senior’s centres are often looking for helpers too.

Don’t have time to commit to something? Perhaps volunteering isn’t your thing. Check out local places to do fun things. Recreation centres have drop-in sports. There are great places such as Create-It Emporium to try your hand at crafty things. You can even sign up for classes there or through the Surrey Leisure Guide. No matter what your idea of fun is, you can find things to do in your community. In Cloverdale alone there are at least three pubs that have karaoke if you are a keen to belt out a tune.

Getting involved in your community builds self-esteem, gets you out of the house, encourages creativity and helps you meet some new friends.

All of those benefits help you ‘level up’. When you embrace and explore your local area you will start to feel important and empowered. Besides, it’s a great way to avoid being bored. Have fun and level up!

– Dawn Carson is an author and public speaker who lives in Cloverdale.

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