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3 Reasonable Tips for Making Life Better for the People Around You

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If you’re the kind of person who has a lot of empathy and wants to do whatever they can in order to make the lives of others better, you may well fall into a few unfortunate traps along your way.

For one thing, you may irritate people by appearing condescending and smug, even though that’s the last thing you’d want to do. It’s also possible that you might be exploited and taken advantage of by unscrupulous people who you open up to and show vulnerability towards through your enthusiasm to help.

Then you may, of course, think you’re helping but make things worse — either for the individuals you’re trying to help or for others, perhaps by granting strangers access to your life and loved ones which they can then abuse.

The moral of the story here isn’t that you should give up on trying to make life better for those around you, but that in order to do so, you need to be careful about how you proceed.

Here are some reasonable tips for making life better for the people around you.

Pursue a career that’s focused on helping others

One of the first and perhaps most meaningful ways that you can set about making life better for the people around you, is by getting involved in a career that’s focused on helping others.

Even if you’re currently employed in a different field, it’s never too late to retrain and redirect your focus along these lines, if you feel that doing so would lead to you having a more enriching and fulfilling life.

You could, for example, do an online clinical mental health counseling masters degree on evenings and weekends.

Once your professional life is focused around helping others, it’s difficult to feel as though you’re not having a positive impact on people at large.

Start by helping yourself

It may seem selfish if you’ve got a very outward-focused personality, but prioritizing your own needs and interests is often one of the best ways of helping others, for various reasons.

First of all, far more people will respond to your example, than to your words, or your token gestures.

Secondly, if you are healthy, happy, and financially secure, you’ll be in a much better position to lend a helping hand to those who truly need it, and who you trust.

The old saying “charity begins at home” has stood the test of time for a reason. Begin with yourself and work outward.

Don’t give unsolicited advice or help, but make yourself available

People generally dislike unsolicited advice, and unsolicited help will drive many people to despise you, rather than appreciate the gesture. People, by and large, like to stand on their own two feet and don’t like the sense that they’re being patronized or given charity by others.

If someone close to you genuinely asks for your help that is, of course, another story.

By and large, however, the best thing you can do is to make yourself available for those who need you. Be someone who always has time for a loved one or friend — but who won’t be manipulated — and is willing to talk and listen.

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