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20 Ways to Help a Fellow Human Being

Here are 20 ways that you as an individual OR as a business can help a fellow human being in crisis TODAY!

Learn how to help others as an Individual OR as a Business.

The world has changed, and it keeps changing.

Disasters such as the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19), bushfires, flooding, volcano eruptions, or earthquakes are typically unexpected, sudden and overwhelming.

For many people, there are no outwardly visible signs of physical injury, but there can be nonetheless an emotional toll that can result in strong emotional reactions.

It’s up to every one of us to do our bit to help each other in these troubled times.

In reality, it can cost nothing to simply help a fellow human being with advice, guidance or reassurance. Albeit, it can be inconvenient, BUT it does have a few humble advantages.

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama

20 Tasks YOU can do to help Others!

Here is a range of things you can do as an individual or a business that can make a significant difference to others and do your bit to help humanity.

1. Smile and be friendly.

Sometimes a simple little thing like this can put a smile and warm feeling in someone else’s heart, and make their day a little better. They might then do the same for others.

2. Call a charity to volunteer.

Look up the number, make the call, and make an appointment to volunteer some time in the next month. It can be whatever charity you like. Volunteering is one of the most amazing things you can do.

3. Donate something you don’t use.

Drop them off at a charity — others can put your clutter to good use.

4. Make a donation.

There are lots of ways to donate to charities online, or in your local community. Instead of buying yourself a new gadget or outfit, spend that money in a more positive way.

5. Redirect gifts.

Instead of having people give you birthday or Christmas gifts, ask them to donate gifts or money to a certain charity.

6. Stop and ask to help.

The next time you see someone pulled over with a flat tire, or somehow in need of some help, stop and ask how you can be of assistance.

7. Teach others.

Take the time to teach someone a skill you have in your business or know yourself.

This could be teaching someone to use some new technology or online marketing a charity or volunteer group.

8. Comfort someone in grief.

Often a hug, a helpful hand, a kind word, a listening ear, will go a long way when someone has lost a loved one or suffered some similar loss or tragedy.

9. Help someone to take action.

If someone in grief seems to be lost and doesn’t know what to do, help them do something productive. Empower others…

10. Buy food or clothing for people left homeless.

Purchase some vouchers or supply products to your local charity.

11. Listen – Lend someone your ear.

Often someone who is grief-stricken, sad or depressed, angry, or frustrated just needs someone who will listen. Venting and talking through an issue is a huge help.

12. Help people to get active.

A supportive person who wants to help you get healthy or active can make a huge difference in their outlook. Once they get started, it can have a profound effect.

13. Do a chore or task.

Something small or big, like cleaning up or washing a car or doing the dishes, cutting a lawn or picking up some groceries.

14. Send a nice email.

Just a quick note telling someone how much you appreciate them, or how proud you are of them, or just saying thank-you to an organisation offering a service. Write a note and leave it in their post box.

15. Show appreciation, publicly.

Praising someone on a blog, in front of others in some other public way, is a great way to make them feel better about themselves and helps an organisation to promote themselves.

16. Be patient.

Sometimes people can have difficulty comprehending and understanding things when they are stressed. Learn to be patient with them.

17. Tutor a child.

This might be difficult to do today, but often parents can’t afford to hire a tutor for their child in need of help. Call a school and volunteer yourself or business resources for tutoring services.

18. Create a care package.

Soup, reading material, tea, chocolate … anything you think the person might need or enjoy. Good for someone who is sick, distressed or otherwise in need of a little pick-me-up.

19. Lend your voice and authority.

Often the powerless, the homeless, the neglected in our world need someone to speak up for them. You don’t have to take on that cause by yourself, but join others in signing a petition. Show others how to communicate correctly at meetings and forums, writing letters, and otherwise making their case heard.

20. Create your own ‘give-back’ program.

Build a team (business or social) and create ways to fundraise, provide free services, offer education and resources, utilise your systems and networks.  Turn something you take for granted into something others may cherish.

“Ultimately, all social change involves moral doubt and moral reassessment. … Only by examining and taking stock of what is can we hope to affect what will be. This is our chance to invent and thus to humanise the future” – Suzanne Keller 1986

In support of others and for making a difference…

Robert Durrant

High-Performance Mentor & Coach

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