For hopefully obvious biological reasons I’ve never been a mother, but if I had, I’m sure I’d declare that it felt as if I’d spent my entire life doing things for others, much of it involving picking up items of discarded clothing and small unidentifiable plastic toy parts.
If you’ve been in a situation in which others have entirely depended on you, you’ll know that it can be incredibly demanding work, leaving little time for much else, but even when you’re being run ragged by supporting others, it’s likely that you’ll feel at least a small degree of satisfaction from doing so.
There’s no doubt that helping people and, in general, showing kindness to others delivers a physiological lift whose chemical effect some experts suggest is similar to a diluted morphine hit.
No wonder some refer to it as a ‘helper’s high’.
Of course, when we do things for one another, it doesn’t just give us a boost – it helps to create a better world, a more integrated community, an environment in which it’s nicer to live.
So why not look for small ways of helping those with whom you come into contact during the next 24 hours?
If you’re physically strong, offer to lift something for someone who isn’t.
If you’re skilled at something, do a favour which utilises your ability.
If you’re not in a hurry, give way to someone who is.
It’s often the small actions which have the most impact.