Posted by Tim Stobbs on June 10, 2009
Now when trying to get more happiness in your life most people don’t think of helping others as a means to get there. After all it does seem counter initiative that helping someone else would have a benefit for you, but it usually does. Helping others usually makes you feel good and puts your own life in perspective. In addition once you retire you can often put more time into helping others for causes you already like to do.
Now how you help someone else comes in various forms and ways. Some common ones include:
- Give some money to a cause or charity or buy something for a fund raiser
- Participate in a activity to raise money for a cause or charity (runs, walks, bake sales, etc)
- Volunteer with an organization (schools, church, charity, etc)
- Help friends or family with tasks or projects or donations
I most fond of doing the last one. Why? It has to do with my own past. When our first son was born ten weeks early we had a huge amount of support from family and friends. So I feel debt of gratitude to everyone around me. As such I will often lend a hand at just about any project where I have the time to help or give away or borrow something someone else will find useful. It my way of saying thank you to others and I tend to like to do things with a personal touch. It what works for me.
For other people their schedules are to the breaking point so giving money is easier for them. I don’t mind that at all. It’s about what you can do, when you can do and what works for you. Often our choices of what we support are personal in nature. A grandfather died of certain disease might make you support one charity over another. There isn’t a ‘right’ way to help people. The point is rather that you do it in your own way.