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Small Ways to Help People Around You

Written by Anna Wang


When we talk about helping others, oftentimes the first thing that comes to mind is giving material things or donating money. However, you do not need to be wealthy to improve someone’s day. Whether it be knowledge or time, everyone has something they can offer to one another. Helping others also can give you a sense of purpose and the feeling of connection to someone else. If you want to help others but aren’t sure where to start, here are some ways you can do so:

  1. Lend someone a hand without being asked

  2. Offer to teach others valuable skills they may be struggling with

  3. Be a patient and non-judgemental listener

  4. Give someone encouragement or a compliment

  5. Help someone with their chores

  6. Send a thoughtful note or letter

  7. Express your appreciation for others, especially those who may not receive the appreciation they deserve, such as service workers

  8. Volunteer at local organizations

  9. Donate unused items

  10. Help people that need a hand

  11. Donate blood

  12. Support small businesses

  13. Avoid using plastic

  14. Help someone who is lost

  15. Comfort an upset of grieving person

  16. Promote good causes using social media

  17. Smile and spread positivity

  18. Be polite to others

  19. Give care packages to people that may be going through a hard time

  20. Be compassionate and empathetic

  21. Let others feel included, whether it be in a conversation of in a group

  22. Ask someone if they need help with something

Lastly, remember to be kind to yourself as well.


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