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Th`k: of others

Th`k: of others

Well, well, well, look who’s about to discover the secret to a happy life – giving to others! Who would have thought that the key to our own happiness lies in helping others? Oh wait, scientists did. In fact, there are seven scientific benefits to thinking of others. Let's check them out, shall we?

First on the list is happiness. Yes, you heard that right, folks. That warm and fuzzy feeling you get from helping others is not just in your head, it's backed by science. Helping others has been proven to boost your mood and overall sense of well-being. So, be a do-gooder and spread some happiness around.

Next up is health. Yup, you heard that right too. When you help others, you're also helping yourself by reducing stress levels, increasing life expectancy, and boosting your immune system. Who knew that being a good Samaritan could be so good for you?

Third on the list is a sense of purpose. Helping others gives you a sense of meaning and direction in life. Who doesn't want to feel like they're making a difference in the world? You never know, your kind act could be the reason someone else gets a second chance at life.

Fourth is social connection. Helping others connects you to your community and gives you a sense of belonging. It's a win-win situation. You're helping others and at the same time, building relationships with the people around you.

Fifth on the list is improving your self-esteem. When you help others, you develop a sense of pride and accomplishment. That's right, you're patting yourself on the back for being a good human being, and no one can say that's not a good thing.

Sixth on the list is personal growth. Helping others exposes you to new experiences and challenges, which in turn, helps you grow as a person. It's like a mini personal development seminar, but you're helping others at the same time.

And last but not least, giving back just feels good. You can't put a price on the warm and fuzzy feeling you get from knowing you made someone else's day a little brighter. So go ahead, do something nice for someone today. Trust me, you'll thank yourself later.

So, there you have it, folks. Seven scientific benefits of lending a hand to those in need. But don't take my word for it, try it out for yourself. Who knows, you might just end up being the happiest, healthiest, and most fulfilled version of yourself.


Thinking of others is a simple yet powerful act. It can create a sense of community, foster stronger relationships, and positively impact someone's day. 

Small ways on how you can think of others:

  1. Smile at someone you pass by on the street.
  2. Offer to carry someone's groceries.
  3. Hold the door for someone.
  4. Send a text message to a friend just to check in.
  5. Send a thank-you note to someone who has made a positive impact on your life.
  6. Ask a colleague how their day is going.
  7. Leave a positive review for a small business you support.
  8. Make someone's favorite meal or dessert.
  9. Listen attentively when someone is speaking to you.
  10. Offer a compliment or words of encouragement.
  11. Volunteer your time and skills to a group or organization that aligns with your values.
  12. Donate money or resources to a charitable cause or non-profit organization in need.
  13. Take action against discrimination and advocate for marginalized communities.
  14. Actively listening and empathizing with someone.
  15. Mentoring or helping someone achieve their goals and realize their potential.
  16. Participate in programs that support senior citizens, such as Meals on Wheels, or volunteer at a senior center.
  17. Create fundraisers or events to support a specific individual or group in need.
  18. Engage in random acts of kindness, such as paying for someone's meal or giving a compliment to a stranger.
  19. Let go of self-centeredness by focusing on the needs of your family and friends.
  20. Create a positive and safe workplace by fostering teamwork and building strong relationships with coworkers.

Thinking of others doesn't necessarily have to be a large gesture, but prioritizing the needs of others in a thoughtful and meaningful way can go a long way.

 

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As inhabitants of this planet, it is important for us to acknowledge that we are all citizens of the world. We have the power to shape the world we live in, and one of the best ways we can do this is by thinking of others.

  1. Reduce your carbon footprint: Take small steps such as using energy-efficient appliances, reducing water consumption, recycling, composting, and using public transportation or carpooling.
  2. Advocate for social and environmental justice: Speak up and take action against injustices such as human rights abuses, environmental degradation, and discrimination.
  3. Support local and sustainable businesses: Choose to buy from businesses that prioritize ethical and sustainable practices.
  4. Educate yourself and others: Stay informed on global issues and share your knowledge with others. Ignorance is not an excuse to turn a blind eye to the world's issues.
  5. Volunteer: Take an active role in your community by volunteering your time and skills to help others, be it through local charities, environmental organizations, or youth programs.
    Quote: If we aren’t all helping, we are all hurting.
  6. Donate: Support worthy causes and charities through donations, whether it's time or money, to make a difference in the lives of others and improve the world we live in.
  7. Practice empathy and inclusivity: Treat everyone with compassion and respect, regardless of their race, religion, gender identity, socioeconomic status, or other factors.

By making efforts to better ourselves and the world around us, we can become better global citizens and help a brighter future for everyone.

 

Maybe we start with the golden rule: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Rule

The Golden Rule across the World's Religions

Bahá'í Faith
Lay not on any soul a load that you would not wish to be laid upon you, and desire not for anyone the things you would not desire for yourself.

Buddhism
Treat not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful. The Buddha, Udana-Varga 5.18

Christianity
In everything, do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.

Confucianism
One word which sums up the basis of all good conduct....loving-kindness. Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.

Hinduism
This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.

Islam
Not one of you truly believes until you wish for others what you wish for yourself.

Jainism
One should treat all creatures in the world as one would like to be treated.

Judaism
What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor. This is the whole Torah; all the rest is commentary. Go and learn it.

Native Spirituality
We are as much alive as we keep the earth alive.

Sikhism
I am a stranger to no one; and no one is a stranger to me. Indeed, I am a friend to all.

Taoism
Regard your neighbors gain as your own gain and your neighbors loss as your own loss.

 

Unitarianism
We affirm and promote respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Zoroastrianism
Do not do unto others whatever is injurious to yourself.

 

 

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Thanks for helping

 

Well, well, well. Looks like someone wondering if it's acceptable to get a pat on the back for their good deeds. Don't worry, my dear friend. You're not alone. It's a question that has plagued mankind for centuries.

Let me break it down for you - of course, it's okay to get credit for helping others! Now, don't get me wrong. You don't have to go all Kanye West and a standing ovation every time you help your neighbor move a couch. But there's no harm in acknowledging your contributions.

Here's the thing - we all work hard, and it's natural to want recognition for our efforts. Plus, giving credit where credit is due can also inspire others to follow in your footsteps. So own your good deeds, my friend. Embrace them like a proud grandmother showing off her grandkids' pictures.

At the end of the day, it's not about getting all the credit. It's about doing good, making a difference, and spreading kindness. And if that means getting a little recognition along the way, then so be it. After all, it's not like you're asking for a statue your honor. (Unless, of course, you are, in which case, I'll need to see a picture of said statue).

So, in conclusion, go ahead and accept those thank-you notes, those nods of appreciation, and those gold stars. And keep on doing good, my friend. Because at the end of the day, that's what really matters.

 

One of the recent causes we support:
https://saintfrancisrva.org/explore/our-story/

Some examples we like:
https://www.pinterest.com/0mk0cs11ml5vg5s7xo7iquhammg8ml/thnk-of-others/

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