How Being Thankful Helps Me

Jayson’s post, Being Thankful, got me thinking. Then I ran across this article by Maryling Yu, “The Most Important Skill In Life (It’s Not What You Think)“. I thought, “There’s something to this, and it’s worth me taking a few minutes to think about what this means to me”.

Jayson’s thoughts, Maryling Yu’s article and so many life experiences (many in hindsight) made me realize that I kind of knew this. I cannot, however, claim to have thought concretely about the concept of Being Thankful in quite this fashion. While I have been trying to improve my ownership of how I feel about life, on any given day, in any given situation, I should also be working on what I do in this context. The two are closely related, but quite different.

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The Power of Helping

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more. –H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Deep down I believe everyone wants to help someone. Which is a good thing, because everyone needs help at one time or another throughout their lives. But there is a lot of power in helping, for the one requesting the help and the one providing it.

Sign of Strength
Sometimes though, pride gets in the way and they are afraid to ask for it. People think asking for help is a weakness. When it is actually a strength. Because you are acknowledging something you’re struggling with or can’t do. And instead of giving up, you’re finding a way to get it done.

Two-way Street
Asking for help is helping someone else as well, since people get fulfilled by being able to assist others in a positive way. I think if more people saw it like that, it would change things. People would be more willing to ask for assistance since they could see it as a two-way street that both the helper and requestor are benefitting. Short and simple, helping others makes you feel good.

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