get involved and get happy

How to Get Involved and Get Happy

By VODA, BLAST Gateway Site Coordinator

Have you been feeling lonely? A little bit down right now?

We spend so much time on our phones looking at people living ‘perfect’ lives online, it can be hard to find happiness in your own skin. The constant bombardment of our phones has impacted us more than you can imagine!


As someone who’s grown up in a generation swamped by social media, I can tell you that one of the leading factors to loneliness for us is the fear of missing out (FOMO). Every time we open our social media accounts and scroll through everyone else’s seemingly amazing lives, it leaves us with a crater on our hearts. A part of us just feels missing… and it could just be the feeling of belonging.

One of the most vital parts of life is the community we surround ourselves with. Whether it’s our family, friends, peers, coworkers or extra-curricular activities, there’s something about being a part of a community that gives you a sense of belonging and happiness that it’s hard to do without.


One cure to loneliness and feeling down is finding a community that is vibrant and passionate about the same things you are into.

  1. Make a list of things you are interested in.

This is the starting point. Keep going!

  1. Find groups in your community that align with your interests.

Make a list, and number the groups from your favourite to least favourite.

  1. Join the group.

This is hardest part of the process, but it’s totally worth it!

  1. Commit.

There’s nothing like dedication. Don’t give up. Stick with it and accomplish your goals.


Clap your hands? (and wash them too!!!)

… So you’ve clapped your hands, now what?

It’s not easy to get back to feeling happy but when you manage it, being happy is worth sharing. So think of someone that you think needs the same thing you once needed. Invite them into your community and get happy together!

Check out this cool video from our BLAST kids!

Join our Community and Get Happy!

From our after-school city programs to our overnight summer camp, our subsidized programs help kids develop the skills they need to be happy, healthy citizens!

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An Update from Lynda on COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and public health advice to stay at home, Moorelands Kids’ office staff are working remotely and our office will be virtual from Monday March 16th to Thursday, April 30th. After-school programs will not run. Staff members are available by email or phone. Please visit our contact page to get in touch via email or our staff directory for a list of phone numbers.

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Stay safe and healthy,

Lynda Tilley, Executive Director | Moorelands Kids