Feel Good Friday: Lend a Helping Hand
Feel Good Friday is a new segment that will post each week providing thoughts and tips for healthy, feel-good living. This is a day late due to my travels without internet access.
We are visitors on this planet. We are here for ninety or one hundred years at the very most. During that period, we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives. If you contribute to other people’s happiness, you will find the true goal, the true meaning of life.
When was the last time you did something for someone else, no strings attached? You did it simply because you knew it would benefit them, or as the Dalai Lama states would “contribute to someone’s happiness.” You did it simply because you know that helping others selflessly just plain “feels good”.
Opportunities to provide service to others, on a large or small scale, are readily available. Here are a few examples:
Something as simple as a complement to a friend or colleague. “Hey! You look great today.”
Helping a neighbor in need. True Story: Last week I was scheduled to shoot an episode of my soon to launch online TV show when at the last minute my guest canceled. Her sister’s house burnt down in the middle of the night. I don’t know her very well, I contacted her to check in.
Helping with world disasters such as the devastation in Haiti. One way my family and I are helping the people of Haiti is through an organization called Heart to Heart International. My friend and colleague Susan Hammond offers a short post on how to give wisely to ensure your dollars are being spent appropriately. For a list of organizations helping in Haiti and how to “impact your world”: http://edition.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2007/impact/
Volunteering your time with local organizations. For instance, I am a volunteer “Big Sister” with the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston.
I’m not suggesting you take on every cause. Instead, identify what you believe in and what feels good for you and then devise a plan to help. Your contribution counts, no matter how large or small.
Whether long term or short term, time or money, lending a helping hand is feel-good living.
How can you help today?