Last week I found myself in a bit of a rut. I was feeling sorry for myself for silly reasons. So what did I do?
I decided to do something nice for somebody else…and guess what? I instantly felt better.
It’s amazing how our mind set can change when we take the focus off of ourselves and focus on giving to others.
In reality, I have very giving family and friends. I have more than I need. How can I take the good that has been bestowed upon me and pour it out onto others? How can I take my time, my money, my wisdom and be of help or encouragement to someone else?
I believe the world would be a much better place if we focused more on giving. And in giving we receive something in return – a sense of fulfillment. Giving creates joy. Giving makes a difference.
So without further ado here is a quick list of ways we can give to others:
-offer a smile and warm greeting to those you encounter (cheesy, but it really can make a difference in someone’s day)
-volunteer in your community (in a shelter, at the pound, a senior living facility, the hospital, to coach a kid’s sport, etc)
-offer to babysit for that couple you know needs a date night or the mom that never gets time for herself
-bring someone flowers or their favorite coffee just because (little gifts like this are an easy way to let someone know you are thinking of them)
-pay for someone’s meal
-donate to your favorite charity or cause (I understand not everyone is in a position to give money)
-teach someone a skill you have (knitting, play an instrument, fishing, etc)
-offer your time
There are a great many things we could add to this list. It all comes down to offering your time and yourself. I would encourage you this week to be thinking of ways you can help others. I will be doing my best to continue with the mindset of everyone I encounter…How can I help this person in anyway? How can I encourage them? How can I give?
Please share and add to this list. What are ways we can give to others?