As a kid I was brought up as part of a 1950s generation which saw it as only right and proper to share whatever you were fortunate to have. Food particularly.
Maybe it was a hangover from the Second World War, when food in the UK was rationed and scarce.
Once the war was over, I’m sure people wished to share whatever they could – in some ways to put their hardships behind them.
I think nowadays, though, ‘Help yourself’ has become something of an expectation, and it’s easy to believe that there are those in society who are takers rather than givers.
So does this mean that you should stop behaving altruistically? If you carry on being generous, will others take advantage of you? Will you be somehow be seen as weak?
I don’t think so.
In fact, in a world which can seem self-focused and selfish, perhaps it’s more important than ever that those who still believe in ‘spreading the love’ do so as energetically as possible.
When you help others, you help build a better world: but you also help build a better you.
That feel-good reaction you get from helping others contributes greatly to your physical and emothonal health. Please do all you can in the next few days, remembering that it’s a two-way street. At the very least, why not be super-generous with your smiles?