I know that gratitude gets most of the attention these days when it comes to feeling good about your life and it’s blessings, but doing something nice for someone else really ranks high as well.
Many of you who follow me on Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn know that I do a lot for my Dad. Sure, he’s family, but I realize how much he did for me during my formative years and beyond, that I get enormous joy from doing things for him.
This past week I put two coats of paint on his front porch and picked out a new sofa on the Internet so he could see it and had it delivered. Some of his furniture dates back to the middle of last century and really needed replacing. He’s picked up another easy chair and a new stove is in his future…the stove is a 1952 Crosley that is completely functional. You know those Depression era folks know how make things last!
If you have anyone in your life who needs assistance, offer your time, your energy, your happiness and bring some to them. It could be a neighbor, family member or friend who could use a kind voice and a willing back to work. We are so concentrated on our own lives with the selfies, families, work and hobbies that we don’t take the time to look around to see who might need something and is afraid to ask for help.
I was brought up to help others. It was talked about in our home a lot when I was a kid. My Mom helped through her Methodist church and the Interfaith Task Force to give aid to locals who needed assistance…that organization still exists and does good work. But, you don’t have to join with a charity, look around in your community to see who might take advantage of your kind offer.
Being independent and responsible is what most of us want for our own lives, but at certain times in life we can’t be and a helping hand is very welcome.
The feeling you get from helping others is like no other:
- You feel happy from being kind and of value to others.
- You feel rewarded with their smile and appreciation.
- You feel energized to live a life filled with gratitude because you “can” do for someone else.
- And remember, happy people live longer and better lives!
In the end, it’s just one man’s opinion…mine!