Our society glorifies the idea of “looking out for yourself” and “being the best you can be”, but what if I told you that putting others first can actually benefit us? We often forget that true happiness comes from the happiness of others.
First and foremost, putting others first doesn’t mean neglecting your own needs, but rather prioritizing the needs of those around you as well. By taking the time to understand someone else's perspective and needs, you are building a deeper connection with them that can ultimately lead to a strong and fulfilling relationship. By putting in effort to make others feel good, you are showing them that you value them and care for them.
Volunteering and helping others in the community can give us a sense of purpose and fulfillment. When we help others, we feel like we are making a positive impact on the world around us. It’s important to remember that the satisfaction we receive from helping others should not be the sole reason we do it. However, when we offer up our time and skills to others, we often find that the joy they feel from our assistance is mirrored back to us.
Truly listening and understanding someone else’s perspective is a skill that must be practiced. When we put our focus on making others feel good, we are forced to listen and communicate in a more effective way. It challenges us to think about our behavior and how it impacts others. By listening and communicating more effectively, we can strengthen our relationships whether they be personal or professional.
Sometimes we get stuck in our own ways of thinking and struggle to come up with new and innovative ideas. By putting ourselves in our clients’ or friends’ shoes, we gain a different perspective of the world and it can spark creativity. This leads not only to personal satisfaction but also to professional success. Being able to work with others to create unique ideas leads to a team-centered dynamic that can propel us all forward.
We should all strive to put others first in our lives. This doesn’t mean we should neglect our own needs, but rather make an effort to prioritize those around us. They say you never know what someone else is going through until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. By trying to see the world from someone else’s perspective, we can gain a greater understanding of the world around us and ultimately make it a better place for all.