“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.” Maya Angelou
You can help the world by being kind to yourself. Often, people believe that you must be completely selfless and put other people and things above yourself to spend your time in a worthwhile way. But this is not always the case.
When you are kind to yourself, you can spread that kindness to others in a viral way.
Work Out Your Own Issues First
If you constantly ignore your own wants and needs, you will eventually become stressed out and frustrated. You simply cannot go about life ignoring what you want. You can tell yourself that you are doing it for the good of the world, but in the end, it may be quite the opposite.
If you are stressed out, others will notice, even if you think you have bottled it up inside. There are subtle hints that you give away. Your muscles may be tense, or you might even have a nervous tick. You also could be distracted and noticeably distraught during times where you would have normally participated socially.
You may think that it is no big deal, but it really can be. People can notice a negative or nervous mentality and become stressed out themselves!
Have you ever been around someone who is clearly enjoying life with a big smile and relaxed nature? Their attitude is infectious, isn’t it? You will end up enjoying your day a whole lot more just because you encountered this person.
Remember that the opposite is also true. If you act negatively, you may end up sending someone home in a bad mood even though you never intended it.
Spreading The Spirit
Once you have worked out your personal issues, you can then pass on a positive spirit to the world. You can do this without even trying. Go about your day in a positive light, and you may find that your joyous mood spreads to everyone, even the lady at the checkout counter at the local store.
You can also consciously and actively spread around a good spirit. Pass out sincere compliments to both friends and strangers. Tell your friends and family what they really mean to you. They will appreciate hearing it.
You may also find that these actions make you feel good in the process. It is just another way that a simple gesture can help you to spread joy to the world.
If you are up to it, you can take everything to yet another level. Brainstorm innovative ideas and activities that you find personally enjoyable and help others as well.
With creative thinking, you will think of things that fall within your passion and personal skill set that can benefit the world.
- For example, if you enjoy carpentry or other house building skills, join your local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and spend time with them on your weekends.
- If you enjoy helping and serving people through events, engage in them in your free time. You can also spread an awareness of these activities to your friends and colleagues.
Feeling like you have made a positive difference can help you feel great about yourself!
Your True Self
Your job is to find your true self. Once you know your gifts, use them to serve, support and help somebody else’s life improve. Helping yourself and then helping others does good towards helping to change the world. You can inspire others to find their true selves and the world will be a happier place for all you meet.