Help others Help yourself

Help others Help yourself
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We live in a time where most of us are so busy with our lives that we have no time to help others. Can you blame us? We can barely deal with our own problems or keep up with the many distractions around us, how can we even think of helping someone else? Why even bother, right? Wrong.

When you do good for others, the recipients of your kindness aren’t the only ones reaping the benefits. The benefits of offering help also extend to the giver. Five benefits stand out to me for people who offer their help to others.

Maya Angelou

Helping others will build better relationships for you. People are attracted to positive vibes. Helping others gives off positive vibes, this may improve your current relationships and create new ones. And when you become a source of genuine help to your friends you can build life long bonds.

It will make you feel empowered. Helping someone out can leave you feeling rewarded and fulfilled. It can make you feel empowered, feeling like you can take on monumental tasks.

It helps you cultivate gratitude. When we help others and see what they might be lacking, we can develop a sense of gratitude for the things we have. Helping others can give us a perspective on our own situation and teach us to be thankful for what we have.

Horace Mann

Improves your self-confidence and self-esteem. The experience of helping others can lead to a sense of greater self-worth and confidence. And volunteering can provide you with a sense of purpose, especially in tough times. People who volunteer have been found to have higher self-esteem and overall well-being. Experts explain that as feelings of social connectedness increase, so does your self-esteem. You may lack confidence in your abilities until you discover the countless ways you can enrich the lives of another.

Help you build a network. When you help someone a few times, you make them part of your network. Networks connect us with resources; they can build us and help us when we are in need. Networks empower us. The more people you help the larger your network becomes.

When we offer to help someone else, they benefit. But so do we. Sometimes a lot more than them.

Do you know of any other benefits that you have received from helping others?

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