I once read a book about a woman that tried to do something nice for someone 365 days one year. I thought it was an amazing goal and one I wanted to try. I've never been successful at doing it a complete year. But, I remember just trying to remember peoples birthdays or bringing dinner to a friend that just had a baby left me feeling amazing. The relationships that are formed from just trying to do something nice for someone are ones that wouldn't have happened any other way. For example, I once lost a baby during 5 months of pregnancy. I was devastated. A gal that I knew from church had lost 2 babies this way. I hardly knew her, but there she was on my porch one day with a beautiful framed picture of a baby. She came in and we discussed our feelings. I will never forget that act of kindness. No one had helped her when she lost her babies. She could have been angry and decided that because no one helped her she wasn't going to help anyone else. I'm thankful she didn't, because now she one of my most treasured friends.
Anyway, I truly believe that helping others is the key in this life to finding true happiness. Making true friends that last a lifetime. Doing kind things for others is one sure way to combat the feelings of loneliness. This post is not meant to make people feel guilty. I'm in no way perfect at this. Plus, every one of us is busy these days. I'm just suggesting trying to do something nice for someone somehow makes life easier. I Promise, just give it a try.
Some examples of ways to help others to get your creative juices flowing:
- Visit an older person that lives alone or is a shut in.
- Bring neighbors dinner, because they're sick, they had a new baby, etc.
- Take someone flowers or cookies for their birthday.
- Call someone and tell them you appreciate them.
- Spend an hour just playing with your kids. (Yes, doing service for your family counts too).
- Babysit someone else's kids so they can go to an appointment
- Write someone a note.
The possibilities are endless. Right! I'm sure you've thought of some I didn't.
So hurry up already. Get to helping your friends and neighbors right away. Happiness is awaiting right around the corner. Of course, I'm just kidding. But, I promise if you try you'll never be disappointed with the results.
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