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Friendship Really Matters: How garden therapy can nurture friendships and help lives to blossom

Making real connections with others can be challenging, whether you live in an isolated village or at the heart of a city. Add a disability to the mix and finding friends can get considerably tougher, with barriers such as access, speech difficulties and transport issues coming into play. Livability Holton Lee, in Dorset’s tranquil countryside, …

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Friendship Really Matters: Getting to rock bottom and back again

Being part of a close-knit community is important to everyone, but crucial to those struggling with mental illness or addiction. Holton’s Lee’s Flourish programme is a wellbeing project that helps connect people and set them back on the road to recovery. Stuart and Rachel both know what social isolation feels like. Following job loss, divorce …

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A new angle on Happiness: Livability launch a new wellbeing and community building resource

Giving happiness a new angle and helping churches tackle anxiety and social isolation was the order of the day at a community event this week. Hosted by Livability and attended by church and community leaders from around the country, the charity has just launched an updated course called ‘Happiness’ – and have plans to take …

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Do you know what you need to be happy? The Happiness Course could help you find out

What makes us happy? It’s a question that has been debated by philosophers and scientists for centuries but are we any closer to knowing the answer? Our competitive culture encourages many of us to pursue goals that have very little to do with real contentment. We get so caught up with chasing success and material …

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10 ways to bring more happiness into your life

We spend lots of time searching outside ourselves for things that make us happy. People in our society are encouraged to think that happiness lies in success, money and good looks, but studies show that the key to wellbeing lies closer to home. Here’s how to boost your happiness levels: 1. Spend time with the …

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Growing thriving communities from the soil up

Gay Search takes a look at how community gardens nourish neighbourhoods and help wellbeing to flourish. Over the last thirty years or so, the steady rise of community gardens have done wonders to green up our towns and cities and have often brought beauty and nature to what had been areas of dereliction and urban …

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Powerful plants – the therapeutic benefits of gardening

[x_blockquote cite=”Gay Search, Television Presenter and Writer” type=”left”]Gardening has so many therapeutic benefits, it should be offered on prescription.[/x_blockquote] It is no coincidence that paradise, in several of the world’s great religions, is portrayed as a garden. There is something elemental in our relationship with nature that speaks to something very deep within us. Until …

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Building strong connections is the key to overcoming isolation in communities

Strong community connections and the good relationships that sustain them have been proven to make us healthier, happier people. There is no doubt that, whatever our worldview, personality or preferences, we are all ultimately better together. As a Christian ethos based organisation, one of Livability’s core beliefs is that people are created to live in …

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