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Being helpful comes with lots of benefits. But how about being helpful to anyone? In this article, you will get to know seven unique ways you can do that.
Being helpful – not just to those you know but to anyone who needs it, is one of the best choices you will make in life.
At least, for a fact, being helpful comes with lots of benefits. You live longer, you feel happier, it heals chronic pain, lower sugar level..And it goes on and on.
Being helpful to those you know may be easier, but how about being helpful to anyone? Sure, this one can be hard to say.
However, the good news is that everyone needs your help in countless ways. And this is also applicable to strangers.
So, to help you justify your emotional intelligence as you look forward to helping anyone, this article will help you to do that.
Let’s get started.
7 unique ways of being helpful to anyone
Below are ways of being helpful to anyone.
1. Listen to people
If someone needs solutions to a problem, it’s likely he or she will approach you. Now, if that person approaches you concerning the problem, the best you could do is to actually listen.
The odds are you know how to help with the person’s problem, or you know someone who could help.
However, the problem is that if you don’t listen to the person, you won’t be able to tell if it’s something you or someone you know could help to solve it.
The person speaking to you concerning the problem may not have it at the back of their mind that you must be the one to help.
Ironically, the person is saying, “Hey I have a problem, so saying it to you is because I seriously need help which you or anyone could help me with.
Moreover, you may have been the only person they could be open to concerning the problem they are facing.
In that case, if you don’t reward them for opening up you by listening to them, it means you haven’t helped.
2. Suggest specific things
So how about you listened to the person? What else do you have to do? Simply suggest specific things relating to the problem told you about.
Because there may be one or two things the person could use from the suggestions you gave (supposing they were helpful) to find a way of fixing the problem.
Everyone has a different level of knowledge and experience. In that case, yours may be broader than that of the person in need of help.
You may not have the exact answers, but the level of experience and knowledge you have could help.
As long as your suggestions are in line with the problem on board, it won’t hurt at all. The person will have to pick up the suggestions, then break them down and come up with better options.
Thereby, making the whole thing a lot easier for the person to get along with.
3. Help people see the positive side
It is true that no challenge is bigger than anyone. So there’s no way one can’t see the positive side of something.
Sometimes, people just need those words of encouragement for them to see the positive side, stay motivated, feel inspired, and keep going.
Instead of making them see the negative side and feeling hopeless, help them to see the positive side. That way, they will feel more confident.
Whatever it is you are going to do or say, endeavor to pass subtle hints to the person that there is a positive side to the problem he or she is facing.
If you can be helpful by doing this, then you will encourage the person not to give up on the search for solutions to the problem.
While it may not seem to you like being helpful, the person will stay happy and energized to solve the problem. Still better.
4. Practice free giving
It’s also important to note that you should give freely when a situation requires you to give something. You should also do it willingly without expecting anything in return.
One of those lies we tell ourselves is that we have to be self-centered. If we don’t control it, we can’t give freely.
However, the truth is that if you are not used to giving freely, you will most likely feel reluctant to be helpful to people in that fashion.
Still, you never know who really needs that help you kept back because you felt reluctant to give freely. That’s why it’s important to practice free giving often.
And as you give freely, you should also do that without expecting anything in return. That way, you are not only being helpful but encouraging the person to come to you if he or she needs help some other time.
The person will also feel more satisfied knowing that you did it freely. You don’t want to make it look like it was a deal between the two of you.
5. Be sincere in your giving
People can sense when you are sincere in your giving or not. If you are not sincere in your giving, they will sense it. This will make them feel like you didn’t really help them because it didn’t come from your heart.
In fact, most people may not feel like coming to you for help next time after they observe this.
So, you won’t be truly helpful by giving them something without being sincere in it. This means you need to make it genuine as much as possible.
If you help them genuinely, they will be proud to tell others how you helped them. But if you don’t, then they won’t proudly tell others about it.
And if they feel satisfied with the way you helped them, then it will also help them to see the positive side of anything they are facing.
6. Don’t be more trouble in the problem
It is also true that you may not always be in a better position to help people in any way. But if you can’t be helpful anyway, don’t be more trouble in the problem.
Picture not being more trouble in the problem as not making the whole thing complicated and more difficult than it ought to be.
This is part of the reasons why some people don’t open up to tell others their problems.
That’s because they are scared someone might be more trouble in the problem. Some people don’t want to be kind enough to others.
If you can’t be helpful in any way, you could just tell the person. That way, the person won’t feel bad, and he or she will know the problem will be taken care of sooner or later.
What’s more, the pain the person is going through will be minimal. So you need to help him or her break down the task.
7. Reach out to strangers
It’s likely that people who are strangers to you will often feel stranded or in need of help with one thing or the other.
But because they are strangers doesn’t mean they don’t need help urgently from anyone who could help.
This is where emotional intelligence also plays a crucial role in being helpful to people. So, you need to reach out to people immediately you observe they need help.
Besides, if being helpful wasn’t necessary, then there wouldn’t have been a need to help people. That’s why strangers need people to reach out to them, even before they reach out to someone.
Sometimes, they really don’t know how to go about approaching others for help. So, one way you can help them with this challenge is to reach out to them.Let us connect: