Sunday, 13 June 2021

Reading District Oddfellows

THE Oddfellows organisation has more than 200 years’ experience in helping people to get more out of life

THE Oddfellows organisation has more than 200 years’ experience in helping people to get more out of life and to form lasting friendships.

Our top five tips for feeling happier in later life are:

1. Keep your brain busy. Challenge yourself with crosswords, start a course, catch a talk or play, or write a letter. Research has found that staying mentally active can increase your brain’s vitality. If anything, you’ll be impressed by your productivity and have fun along the way.

2. Help others. Not only does volunteering encourage you to mix socially, it can supercharge self-confidence, self-esteem and life satisfaction. More than two million people over 60 help out with at least two different charities, citing one of the reasons as enjoying having a purpose in life.

3. Join a local club or society. More often than not, regular contact with those who share a common interest or hobby will result in meaningful friendships. Research has shown that people in mid to later years who have a wide circle of friends tend to be happier and healthier.

4. Get physical. There are so many rewards to regular exercise aside from keeping trim. It reduces many cardiovascular risks, including high blood pressure and heart disease. It also gives your mental health a boost, helping combat stress, anxiety and depression. Weight-bearing exercise, such as running, is also good to protect against osteoporosis. For the less mobile, “chairobics” is a great option.

5. Seize the day! Society research revealed that one of the benefits of retirement was being able to shop during less busy hours and not having to leave household chores to the weekend. By using time more wisely, you can do more of what you love — including steps one to four!

Reading District Oddfellows can certainly help people on their way to achieving most of these points.

We have 1,800 members throughout our district who meet regularly to get involved in all sorts of activities, such as crafting, walking, quizzes, trips and meals out together.

We invite anyone of any age to come along and give us a try — call it a happiness trial!

In addition to running social events throughout the year, we offer volunteering opportunities and care and welfare support to members who may feel lonely, unwell or who are facing other difficulties.

We are starting a variety of new ventures in 2016 so please come along and give us a try. We have branches that meet in Henley, Pangbourne and Reading, among other places.

For information, call Debbie Jex on 0118 957 3354 or email or check out our Reading Oddfellows page on Facebook.

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