The Dalia Lama said: “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.  If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

Lending a helping hand should be a natural human characteristic and there are many opportunities to contribute your time and your skills.  We can do small acts of kindness for our neighbours, community, family, friends and our co-workers.  These actions let us feel the happiness of connecting with others.   Your reasons for helping others are as individual as you are but no matter what your reasons you can learn a little something about yourself. 

Here are some advantages to helping and supporting people you care about:

  • Makes us feel better about ourselves
  • Connects us with other people
  • It makes our work or home environment a better place
  • And as we all know, kindness is always passed on, like that contagious smile or maybe a sneeze!

Am I doing enough to help others? Is there more I could be doing to make an impact in my workplace or community? How can we apply some of these techniques?  While it is important to put yourself first, sometimes it is even more important to help others whenever we can. Here are a few simple tasks you can consider.

  • We can smile and be friendly and this act alone can make another individual feel welcomed and make their day
  • Some of us volunteer, either alone, with a group or with our families and this is one of the most amazing things that we can contribute even if it’s once a year
  • Teach your parents to use email or a young child to knit, take the time to teach someone a skill you know and watch what happens once they have mastered that skill

There are hundreds, maybe thousands of ways that we can help others. What are some of the things you have done in the past, or are currently doing to help someone?

Carole Marinier | Monthly Blogger | Agilec


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