Often, when we think of self-care, we think about adopting new rituals that are focused solely around the “self”.
Although those practices are much needed and encouraged, sometimes a funny thing happens when you ritualize helping others: your days become richer. It gets easier to keep things in perspective and helps keep gratitude top of mind.
Fashion designer, philanthropist and all-around legend, Diane von Furstenberg, starts each day by finding a way to help someone else. When asked about it in interviews, she explains it’s sometimes as simple as introducing two people over email.
DVF’s onto something. Every time a grand gesture of goodwill gets attention, people say they wish they could help. But the thing is, there’s always a way to make a difference. And even the smallest gesture can make a big impact in someone else’s life.
Also, the more you help others, the easier these ideas will come to you – but here are a few simple ways to start:
- Introduce two people you know who work in the same industry (like Diane!)
- Help a neighbor carry their groceries
- Volunteer your time at a local soup kitchen
- Volunteer with a nonprofit where you can donate your skills remotely
- Donate that clothing or furniture you’ve been ignoring that isn’t being used
- Offset the carbon footprint of today’s activities (help that impacts everyone)
So instead of waiting to make a major impact, few and far between, create a sustainable wave of change through smaller moves made every day.