Sometimes it is very easy to forget that our Lives Matters! No one is self sufficient. Everyone relies on others at some point in their lives. We are all an important part of this world.
Our life can serve as an inspiration and motivation to others. It may very well be to those near us who rely on our immediate help (shelter, food or clothing) or those others we may not have realized we have helped through our example, a word of motivation, a smile, or even with a friendly greet. Those small details may have even changed their lives.
Your life at those moments may have even become of great help to others. What we have to be aware of is that our life and behaviors are able to impact the lives of others for better or worse. Your life does indeed have a Purpose! Let me be upfront about this… It doesn’t even matter where you’re currently at right now, YOUR LIFE M-A-T-T-E-R-S!
When we are used to living with the goal of just acquiring material things and only living for ourselves, we start becoming selfish. We make the mistake of believing that being selfish is when we only think about ourselves, when in reality; selfishness is when we fail to think about others.
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This way of living will not bring balance and inner peace into our lives. It will not bring lasting satisfaction to our days. Sooner or later this lifestyle will lead us to a lonely life without purpose.
The quote ‘no man is an island‘ expresses the idea that human beings do badly when isolated from others and need to be part of a community in order to thrive. Which is directly linked with the concept of service. The action of helping or doing work for someone, a favor, an act of assistance, kindness, help or aid.
Most living creatures are able to survive on their own shortly after birth. As humans, we are sadly not included in this statistic as we are completely unable to survive without proper care after being born. This fact is proof that since our birth we are in complete need of each other for survival.
You will start to understand your true purpose when you start reaping the fruits of your service. It will also become apparent that we are not here only to work for ourselves, but to understand that the world around us needs us.
Volunteering your time, talent, money, or energy to help others doesn’t just make the world better—it also makes you better. Studies indicate that the very act of giving back to others boosts your happiness, health, and sense of well-being.
You can go days with your only interaction being with your touch screen or mouse and keyboard. And while technology isn’t inherently bad, it does make it easier for people to be separated. That’s not the kind of world we want to live in though. There are many great things about our modern world—but the people in it should be at the top of that list.
Taking a genuine interest in your family, friends, neighbors and even strangers is one of the most rewarding decisions you can make for yourself and those around you that you choose to serve. Think back to the last time you helped someone, whether it was holding the door open for a classmate or raking your elderly neighbor’s leaves. While you were doing it and afterward, how did you feel? We’re going to make a safe bet you felt happy and more positive about life. That’s because the fastest way to feel joy is serving others.
IF YOU WANT HAPPINESS FOR AN HOUR:
- Take a Nap
- Take a Bath
- Eat dessert
- Watch a film
IF YOU WANT HAPPINESS FOR A DAY:
- Go Fishing
- Go to a Spa
- Take the day off
IF YOU WANT HAPPINESS FOR A YEAR:
- Inherit a Fortune
- Win The Lottery
IF YOU WANT HAPPINESS FOR A LIFETIME:
- Help Others
- Be Kind
- Value Others
But serving doesn’t just make your heart feel good. Studies have shown that there are mental and physical health benefits to serving, like reducing depression, lowering blood pressure and lengthening your lifespan. Putting other people’s needs before yours also strengthens your relationships. It connects you with the one you’re serving, and if that someone is someone you know, it creates a stronger bond with them.
Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is a theory in psychology proposed by Abraham Maslow in his 1943 paper “A Theory of Human Motivation” in Psychological Review in which he details the impact human interactions have on the development of self. Maslow subsequently extended the idea to include his observations of humans’ innate curiosity.
Serving others also enrich other people’s life. Taking time out of your busy day to even bring a friend a bowl of soup when they’re sick makes them feel better and can uplift them during their rough time. And perhaps the best benefit of service is the chance of that person paying it forward. If you help someone, they’re more likely to do something nice for someone else that day. Make a conscious habit of this. Your one act of kindness could have a major domino effect.
SIMPLE WAYS TO SERVE OTHERS STARTING WITH THE ONES CLOSE TO YOU:
1. Smile More Often At Others
You will make others happier. Did you ever smile at someone who was having a bad day and they then immediately perked up? When you make eye contact and smile at someone you are showing that they matter which gives them a boost of happiness.
The best part about it though is that they will then go on and smile at other people spreading the love throughout the day. Many studies have proven that when we look at a smiling face, our brains release endorphins which make us feel happier and calmer.
2. Volunteer Your Time
Volunteer work is important for your health. The Corporation for National and Community Service says that volunteering improves psychological and physical health. Volunteers reap the benefits of feeling a personal sense of accomplishment while building social networks that, in turn, support them in times of stress.
3. Make Meaningful Donations
Donating to the causes you care about not only benefit the charities themselves, but it can also be deeply rewarding for you too. Millions of people give to charity on a regular basis to support causes they believe in, as well as for the positive effect it has on their own lives.
4. Invest Quality Time in Other People
With an ever-growing list of tasks to accomplish each day, it’s easy to let time with your partner, children or friends slip down your priorities. Spending quality time together is important – it helps our children to feel more confident and secure, builds stronger family bonds and is good for our own emotional health.
What exactly does ‘quality time’ mean? It’s an expression we hear often but is hard to quantify – every family is different, and its meaning will vary from household to household.
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For some people, it may mean pulling out the board games once a week, for others, it’s having in-depth conversations around the dinner table, and for some, it may be enjoying a sport together. Whatever it means to you, it’s essential that you make it a priority for yourself, your relationship and your family.
5. Let Others Know You Appreciate Them
When you show others your appreciation, give people a sincere compliment, words of encouragement or just a warm smile, you are making their world a better place. You are making them feel appreciated and valued. You will feel more fulfilled because you have done something to make someone else’s life better.
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HOW TO LIVE FOR GROWTH?
Make an effort to always be a light that will guide others to improve their lives. Lending a helping hand is one of the easiest things you can do to make a difference in your life and in this world. You can improve the world, one day, one person and one act of kindness at a time.
When you decide to shine and make a true difference in the lives of others you will inevitably become a lighthouse. You will be able to provide a clearer direction, help and guidance in the lives of those around you.
Like a lighthouse, you will always be standing tall and proud. You will surely find your purpose to always Challenge Yourself To Be Better… To Do More… To Live For Growth!