It’s the end of the year, and that brings with it more ideas of caring for others, helping one’s fellow man. Why not spend a little less time networking for yourself and a little more time doing for others? Here are some ideas to help you do just that.

  • Find purpose in your serving. When trying to decide how best to help others, consider your own talents. What are you good at that can help others in need? Are a you a great salesperson? Help with a campaign that raises money for a local charity. Do you like to draw or have digital art skills? Redesign a nonprofit website to invite more people to click, look, learn and donate. Did you always want to teach? Tutor at a local school and create a relationship with a student in the process.
  • Add value to your life. Too often we put the most value on what’s the most expensive or who’s the most famous. But what of true value have those things or people brought to the world? We also talk about value in business, and it has a place. But when moving into the holiday season, look at adding true value by making someone’s life better. Maybe you’ll take someone’s shift, so they can see their child’s school play. Maybe you’ll spend a day working with Habitat for Humanity. Maybe you’ll take part of the money you would have spent on presents for your family to spend them on a family who can’t afford gifts themselves. All this doing for others adds value to your own life.
  • You’ll pay it forward. Caring for others can start with a single person. It doesn’t have to involve a grand, sweeping gesture. Start small and keep going, and watch the ripple effect you’ll have on others. If you’ve never seen Humans of New York, visit Brandon Stanton’s site (Facebook, Instagram, or the site itself) and see all the kindness that has come from one person responding to a picture, “I want to help. What can I do?” These gestures of kindness have spread far and wide, all over the world. You serving others inspires them to do the same in their own way.

So as the year draws to a close, see what you can do with your time to help others. For health and happiness tips, visit the experts at Medical Professionals.

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