An important part of celebrating life is acknowledging the difference we can make to others. If you are a regular reader you may have read about my visits to my MIL in her aged care facility and the joy that a simple hello can bring to the residents. I recently completed a Volunteering Course to work with the Aged and am now spending some time at my MIL’s aged care facility volunteering each Tuesday.
Whenever I leave visiting, I feel a warmth inside because I know I have brought some happiness to someone who might not have regular visitors. They feel special and valued which helps both their physical and mental well being.
My Mother was what we would term a ‘giver’. She was happiest when she was helping others and her passion was helping the children of my dance studio. She would be there three times a week and at the recital time would make costumes for those children whose parents were unable to provide them. Mum never asked for anything in return and even when she battled cancer for 10 years was always there for others in need – without complaint or expecting anything in return.
When she passed away at aged 63 there was such an outpouring of love and support because she had touched so many lives in a positive way.
Of course you don’t have to help in an organised way like volunteering. Acts of kindness to others can be given in everyday life to family and friends, neighbours, work colleagues or even strangers. I recently wrote a post ‘How Kindness Improves Health & Wellness’ and suggested that showing kindness to others has health and well being benefits for the giver and the receiver.
I came across these quotes as I was thinking about this post and how to express my thoughts on helping others and the reward it brings.
What might seem small acts of kindness or help to us might make such a difference to someone else’s day.
Doesn’t this quote actually make you smile? Can you imagine the feeling when you do something and receive a beautiful, warm smile of appreciation in return?
I know I certainly feel richer and happier when I’ve done something to help someone else and they reward me with a smile or a hug or a ‘thank you’.