Giving to others, helping others and making a difference in the world are things that just fill people’s hearts with joy and love. I know this from personal experience, because these three things are what I’m all about. I love being happy, I love helping people, so for me it’s a given… Helping people is hardwired to my “happiness” button.
Now, that’s all very well and good for me, right? Because I’m wired that way … but what if you’re looking to increase your happiness right now and you want to do that by helping people… and what if that’s a foreign concept to you right now?
Let me give ya some ideas of where to start…
Firstly, start by finding out about others by being interested (genuinely). Who are they, what’s their story and what do they want in life (their goals, desires, passions). What’s holding them back from where they want to be in life? From that stand point, you can ask “How can I help this person?”
Here’s an example of how easy it is to contribute. I was sitting in my “local” (cafe that is, not pub) today and began communicating with a cool girl who was sitting opposite me. The conversation began as a result of her friend’s cute little kid who I just couldn’t help but smile with and play hid-and-seek behind my chair with. As I was talking to Tania she asked me what I was doing… I told her … then I asked her what she was all about. She “worked in an office”, which was obviously not her passion (self stated). Moments after telling me about her job she pulled out a folder with pages of printed information about a course she wants to undertake to get more educated in the area of her true passion. Now, the course costs money, which in her life was a scarce resource at this point in time. Being that I’ve had loads of experience in the university/tertiary education system (with two degrees under my belt and 6 years of working in the university setting) I knew of the value of applying for scholarships. She, being Maori and female, has access to a great many scholarships. Many people do not apply for scholarships because they simply don’t think they’ll get them (for whatever reason). I said to her, “If there’s one thing you remember from meeting me today it’s this: Apply for scholarships because you’re the most eligible candidate”. She thanked me and went off on her merry way.
Now, I had knowledge that I was able to give her to help her and I got pleasure out of being able to help her. It didn’t cost me a cent. It didn’t require loads of energy – only 10 minutes of my time where I got to hang out with a cool kid, play AND help someone.
So, do you see how easy it is to contribute? And you know what? The above is a tiny example. There are masses of things you can do personally to help others. Have fun contributing and getting happy in the process.