08th December, 2020 by Katharinet

It’s a scientific fact that helping someone makes you feel good. The simple theory is that being generous, compassionate and selfless produces endorphins in the brain that boost positive emotions, otherwise known as Helper’s High. Better still, acts of kindness lower stress levels and can lead to better health and wellbeing.

In our world of digital skills and digital inclusion, we only have to glance over at the Digital Champions in our Network to see the Helper’s High in full glory.

In fact, around 80% of our Champions say the most valuable aspect of their role is the satisfaction of helping others and that it improves their own wellbeing.

Like Sandra “Being a Digital Champion is very rewarding, you get an awful lot in return”

And Peggy, “I love interacting with people, and helping others makes me feel happy”

Quite simply our Champions deserve their Helper’s High because they have done something amazing.

Digital skills are essential for everyday life

It’s a staggering fact that, despite our technology age, 1 in 5 adults don’t have good enough digital skills for everyday life¹.  For tasks such as online shopping, applying for jobs, accessing information and services.

And in the face of a global pandemic, digital helps people stay connected, stay informed and stay safe. Indeed 80% of people said that technology has been a vital support to them during coronavirus¹.

So that’s why we’ve launched our Connect@Xmas campaign - to urge everyone who can use the Internet to help someone else who can’t. To use this festive season to spark a digital fire that will last beyond Christmas. Chances are you already know someone you could help.

We’ve got a free toolbox to get you started with ideas and resources and even some bite-size e-learning too. So go on, help someone find their digital sparkle this Christmas and enjoy your Helper’s High in return.

¹ Lloyds Bank UK Consumer Digital Index 2020 https://bit.ly/3gmLijD