Yesterday, I arranged for our settee to be picked up by the furniture company from which we originally purchased our suite. While the suite itself is beautiful, we noticed a slight sagging in the seat padding, prompting us to bring this matter to their attention.
This company is renowned for its commitment to quality, and its response certainly lived up to its reputation. They sent a representative to assess the situation, and without hesitation, they committed to retrieving the settee and replacing the foam in the seats with a firmer alternative. Maybe I need to go on a diet!!
Interestingly, the gentleman who arrived to collect the settee happened to be the same individual who had delivered it to us a couple of years ago. As he worked on the task at hand, he shared an update about his wife, mentioning that she was now thriving and really positive.
What amazing feedback
He reminded me of the previous conversation I’d had with him, during which he had expressed deep concern about his wife’s negative state of mind and her struggle to find positivity in her life. I then remembered that I had given him a copy of my book, “100 Days to Mental Resilience.” It’s interesting how you can do something and then let it go without further thought moving on with your life.
This book comprises 100 chapters, each containing an inspirational story accompanied by a practical technique. Over time, these techniques and stories work their way into the subconscious mind, resulting in a real mindset shift.
This gives me great pleasure
I cherish the opportunity to share free copies of my books whenever the occasion arises, for the impact a few positive words and techniques can have on someone’s life is immeasurable.
It’s rare that I receive direct feedback about the impact, but yesterday was one of those precious moments when I did. You never know what impact a kind deed can have on someone; it can literally change the course of someone’s life and this really excites me.
I want to emphasise that my intention is not to promote my book, nor do I closely monitor sales, as it constitutes only a small fraction of my income. My true joy lies in the act of freely giving these books, fully aware of the potential impact they can have. There is something uniquely gratifying in blessing someone with a free book.
Is helping others a key to happiness?
Research demonstrates that helping others without expecting anything in return can contribute to happiness and well-being. While it might not be the sole key to happiness, it is a valuable aspect of leading a fulfilling and meaningful life. Here’s a powerful list of the benefits of helping others.
Take your time and read the following list slowly to really take in the benefits of this simple action:
Positive Emotions: Acts of kindness and helping others often trigger positive emotions, such as joy, satisfaction, and a sense of purpose. These positive emotions contribute to your overall happiness.
Increased Self-Esteem: Acts of kindness can boost your self-esteem and self-worth. Knowing that you’ve made a positive impact on someone’s life can enhance your sense of accomplishment and self-value.
Reduced Stress: Helping others can reduce stress and promote a sense of relaxation. When you focus on the needs of others, you often momentarily shift your attention away from your own worries and concerns.
Enhanced Perspective: Helping others can give you a broader perspective on life. It helps you appreciate your own blessings and may lead to a greater sense of gratitude.
Meaning and Purpose: Many people find meaning and purpose in helping others. This sense of purpose can significantly contribute to overall life satisfaction and happiness.
Psychological Benefits: Acts of altruism, where you help others without expecting reciprocation, can have significant psychological benefits. They can boost your overall sense of well-being and satisfaction with life.
Sense of Fulfilment: Knowing that you’ve made a positive impact on someone else’s life can provide a deep sense of fulfilment. This feeling of making a difference can be a powerful source of happiness.
Building Empathy: Helping others can enhance your empathy and compassion, which can improve your relationships with others and increase your overall emotional intelligence.
Cultivating Positive Relationships: When you help others selflessly, you often attract people who share similar values and principles. This can lead to the development of positive and supportive relationships, which are key to happiness.
Long-Term Satisfaction: While the immediate rewards of helping others are fulfilling, the long-term satisfaction derived from knowing you’ve contributed to the well-being of others can be even more profound.
In summary, while helping others without any expectation of personal gain is not the sole key to happiness, it is a vital component of a fulfilling and joyful life. It has the potential to bring about numerous positive emotional, psychological, and social benefits that contribute to an overall sense of happiness and well-being.
There is always time in your busy life to help someone if you create a habit of doing this. We can be busy working on our lives and be too busy to see the needs around us. Continue to develop your work and home life but if you can lift some people along the way, you will not only bless them, but you will be blessed as well.
Thoughts for the week:
- Over the past few months have you helped anyone?
- Think back to the time when you did this and how it felt.
- This week, seek out opportunities to help someone.
- It could be a helping hand, an encouraging word, a smile, a gift, or financial help.
- Then observe how good you feel. This feeling is unique and precious.
- From today onwards see if you can develop an awareness of people’s needs.
Well, that’s it for this week, have a wonderful weekend and keep believing.