Being Helpful …
Is good character, but you should do absolutely nothing before you help. STOP, take a few moments to really check the situation. Use your brain before jumping in immediately and trying help. Being helpful does not always mean jumping in and doing. As with most things in life, thinking before doing is highly recommended.
There are many ways to be helpful. One of the best is to not do anything right away. Just evaluate the situation. Asking before attempting to help is a truly amazing idea. So many people think they are helping. But often, they are just complicating the issue. Sometimes they make the situation worse than before they helped.
What does helping have to do with character?
Identifying character is easy. Defining it, not so much. We all “know” good character when we see it, but what is it? One of the aspects of good character is being helpful. What does it mean to be truly helpful to another? Check out what Communico says about the lost art of being truly helpful.
Understanding all of us need help now and then is a good trait. Recognizing and being able to offer help is a good character trait. Helpful is one of the twelve points of the Scout Law. The golden rule says, “Do unto others as you have them do unto you.” That sure sounds like being helpful is pretty high on the list. Being helpful is more than just something you do driving around town or at home. The simple act of helping can be good for you.
What about work?
Psychology Today says that being helpful at work pays off, literally. Besides being perceived as nice, you will also be looked at as team player. Having a good reputation at work goes a long way toward. Helping often reduces stress and tension. We can all use a little of that!
Maybe, if we all were a little more helpful and less focused on what’s in it for ourselves, we might receive more than we expect. The world might become a better place. Our children and grandchildren can expect a better future. One where people are kind, friendly and helpful. So what about being helpful and making it happen?
The ball is in your court.
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