Often when we cannot get ourselves focused or remain on-task and motivated, we can help ourselves feel better by taking a break to lend someone else a helping hand. Helping others is a very important way to make yourself feel good and to promote positive feelings about your own life. There are many ways you can help others, including: sharing knowledge, visiting others, helping people see the positive and much, much more.
In the previous post we talked about several ways that helping others can impact our own lives in a positive fashion. Thise were:
- Sharing knowledge
- Spending time with friends
- Finding the good in others
- Being more positive with everyone
- Letting people know you care
In the second part of this post we will continue working our way through suggestions af ways to help others, so you can help yourself.
“Laughter is the best medicine”
Laughter is contagious. People are often drawn to laughter and they want to be part of the fun. Laughing is also very healthy. You should share your laughter and your attitude with those around you. It can be very infectious. You will also feel better about yourself.
Laughing is healthy for your body and soul. If you know some funny jokes or you begin to see the funny side of a situation, you should share this with your friends and colleagues. The ability to make other people laugh is a good thing and if you are good at it you should use this skill. This will be good for the people you are making laugh because you will help raise their spirits and the sense of joy you receive will make you feel good as well.
Be a good listener
To help others create motivation and a positive attitude, means you will need to be a good listener. When you listen to people they feel that you truly care about what they have to say. It shows that you have a sensitive side as well. When you listen to others you can help them realize that they have something positive to focus on.
Listening to people gives you an opportunity to show people the positive side of life, in addition to the negative side which they have been focusing on. This will help you help them. Listening means understanding how the person is feeling about what they are saying. You might want to repeat back to the person some of things they have been saying. This will reinforce to the person that you are actively listening to what they have to say. When you are a good listener it will make you feel good because you can see the positive effect that it has on the other person. It can also add a new and deeper dimension to your friendship.
Transmit your positive attitude
Once you are feeling great and positive be sure to transmit your attitude to other people around you. You can also transmit indirectly while talking to people. A positive attitude is addicting and people will enjoy spending time with you. This may help advance your career as well.
When you have a positive attitude you need to be intentional and purposeful about transmitting it to others. This also includes times when you are on the phone or on the computer. It is common for your communication to disconnect somewhat when you are speaking to someone over the phone. You might be tired or not even notice that one of you have drifted into an area of rudeness. Be sure to transmit your positive attitude to others when you talk to them on the phone. This is healthy for you and it can also help the other person feel better about you.
Communicating your positive attitude can be conveyed in a number of ways, one of which is paying compliments to people. When you see the positive side in others, always feel free to share this with them. Notice someone’s nice dress or shoes. People love compliments and it gives them a boost and will make you feel better about yourself as well.
Be an example
Another way to share your positive attitude with people is by setting an example. When you do good things and people around you see it, they will often want to jump in and help. For example, you might see someone at work in a break room cleaning up after a mess from luncheon. It doesn’t take a lot of work or effort to help this person clean up even if it is not your assignment. When you give your positive attitude and you aren’t afraid to give to others and to share with others, people will join in.
There are so many things that you can do to help others, and we have only covered a few of them. When you help others with your positive attitude and behavior. It will feel great. You will be motivated to help others. By following these simple suggestions, you will find that you are much more motivated each day to complete your tasks and you will be creating an environment that is positive for yourself and everyone around you.