Self + Service: How to be Happier by Helping Others

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Self + Service: How to be Happier by Helping Others

“Help others and give something back. I guaranteed you will discover that while public service improves the lives and the world around you, its greatest reward is the enrichment and new meaning it will bring to your own life” – Arnold Schwarzenegger


When was the last time you did something to impact another persons life? Now it could be anything from a smile to buying a homeless kid a christmas present. My parents have always told me to be aware of the people I bring into my life. Some are going to end up miserable in the future and others are going be the happiest people you met, dispute all the issues they may experience.  Recently I watched a video by Tony Robbins called “Why we do what we do” and I was beyond inspired. That video taught me that the key to living a fulling life is to do something for others that you won’t normally do. As human beings we search for significance and connections. When we go out of our way to extend a hand out to someone we feel good and we feel important. For once it is not all about you, so take the time out to engage in activities that can help you be a happier you.

Volunteering is one of the best ways to gain satisfaction from helping other. During the summer of 2010, I volunteered at a homeless shelter in my home country in Sierra Leone. Now you’re probably wondering, why is a teenage girl spending her summer volunteering at a foreign country, but I could honestly say the experience was unforgettable. I was constantly surrounded by people who lost their arms and legs in the Freetown war of 1999 and mothers who were evicted from their homes because they couldn’t pay their rent. This was honestly a very humbling experience. If it is your first time volunteering, you might feel a sense of pity, but eventually that turns into more motivation to help make their lives better. For once you have the opportunity to ignore your problems and focus on someone else’s

Have you ever had a stranger tell you everything is going to be alright if you just smile?  A simple smile can come a long away believe it or not. Research has shown that those who smile (whether it is fake or not) are more likely to have a better day because you are tricking your body into releasing more serotonin, which is the happy hormone. I was find myself wondering how the people with the most problems in life always seem to be so happy.

Feeding the homeless is a great way to help other people. I have noticed that pedestrians walking around the city never even bother to look at the homeless people in the street. It could be because we as humans feel a sense of guilt when we’re walking past people in that condition. One of the most rewarding feelings is buying food for someone who has not eaten in days. There was a time when me and a friend came across a mother and her 3 kids outside in the cold. We got together and bought her about $10 worth of food at Mcdonalds and she was so thankful for it. Not only were they able to eat at that moment, they were able to save the rest of the next day. The lady was so surprised that we actually came back and continued to bless us. That was such a happy moment for me because I realized all the blessings I had in my life.

Some of the benefits that come from helping others include:

  1. Good karma: Karma is a real B-word. Get all your good deeds done now and watch the blessings come flourishing in.
  2. Gain empowerment: Seeing mothers struggling to take care of their children should be a motivation for you to improve whatever aspects of your life needs help.
  3. Makes you wiser: Volunteering with the elderly is the best way to gain knowledge because they teach you so much about life.
  4. Making a piece of the world better: It could be anything from showing someone to the nearest homeless shelter to taking in a friend in their time of need; you are making a difference in someones life.
  5. Self-esteem boost: Knowing that you were able to engage in something that has helped make someone else’s life better is key to having a higher self-esteem.

“The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others” – Albert Schweitzerhands

We at The SOA Brand aspire to inspire individuals every single day.

Stay progressing,

Tigi Bah + The SOA Brand

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