Monday, January 26, 2015

The 'secret sauce': Helping

Earlier this month, I turned over another page on my desk calendar to find this quote: "Helping others is the secret sauce to a happy life," by author Todd Stocker.

I like that. It's an interesting way to remind us of what we have heard so often and what we know to be true: We really do feel happiest when we know we are of help to others. If, in fact, it's true that we each want very much for our lives to have mattered, then it follows that we need to be about helping others. That's how our lives matter.

Does that mean we don't engage in self-care? That we become doormats and give of ourselves until there's nothing left and we're filled with resentment? Of course not.

It does mean that we don't remain in a state of self-absorption, though. It seems that a lot of today's marketing and advertising encourages us to be selfish and get what's coming to us, to take and take, to build up our own supply of "stuff." But we know that isn't the path to contentment, deep joy and happiness.

Look around. Do you see anyone in need of a helping hand? In need of some encouragement? Some love and support? You don't have to look far, I'm sure. Go ahead. Reach out—and find that "secret sauce." Share yourself (and your "stuff") with others. You will be so glad you did.

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