To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.

~ Bertrand Russell ~

How About Helping?

December 6th, 2011 ~ Est. reading time: 1 min, 32 secs

Helping out is both a privilege and an opportunity, isn't it?

Given the way the world economies are shaping up it’s easy to feel gloomy. Job losses, poverty, and business collapses are all on the cards. So there isn’t much to feel cheery about.

Except that we remain people of potential. We have the capacity to speak, work, think, and support. Whether the economy goes up or down, and we keep our job or not, we each can make a difference for the people we love.

So I’d like to add a fresh measure to the multitude of charts that beset us in the media. I call it The Helping Index. Imagine if we could measure the amount of gross national helping done in a day. We could factor in acts of kindness, determined effort to help our family, extra effort we put into our work, and a million other minor moments that make life much better.

Helping also makes good currency. At its basic level, one good turn deserves another in kind. But helping doesn’t need to rely on a fixed exchange. Helping can build goodwill, and express our best just because it’s how we choose to be.

During hard economic times people the world over find their comfort in the helping hands of others. Following the cataclysmic collapse of the former Soviet Union teachers, doctors, labourers, and factory workers stopped getting paid. No money meant no food or anything else. But thanks to helping, people found a way through even those bleak times. It proves that the power to make things work doesn’t solely rely on nations and governments, but on us.

Thankfully, we don’t need recessions or hardship to exercise our helping ability. Today, right now in fact, there are things that need doing. Someone you know needs your help. Be it in your home, nearby, or elsewhere on the phone, helping is an immediate resource that you and I specialise in.

Try it right now. Do something, however small, to remind yourself that together we have the power to make good things happen. Then chalk up your personal contribution to The Helping Index and remember you and I have more power than we ever credit ourselves.



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