A while back, my roommate came bursting into the apartment with the biggest smile on his face. He said he never felt so good in his entire life. In my head I’m thinking he might have got a beautiful girl’s number. He began to tell us what happened.
He was driving back from Tampa Bay Grand Prix, where he works, and he saw this car pulled over on the side of the road the four way signal on. It was an older Buick and he figured it would be an older person driving the car. It was slightly raining out but that didn’t stop him from checking up on this person to make sure they were okay.
It turned out it was an older woman who had a flat tire and she was kind of just stranded there with no help. He ended taking it upon himself to help this woman out and change the tire. After changing the tire he said they woman hugged him and repeatedly thanked him. This is what made him feel that good.
He felt so great about himself because he was able to help someone else out. Does that make sense? He got happiness out of doing a favor for someone else. Yes, it makes absolute sense. There are studies out there that show people who are given money and spend it on other people are happier than those who spend it on themselves. This says it all.
This gave me the motivation to help out elders in any way possible, especially my grandparents. I don’t think many people realize that they are simply not able to do all the things they did in the past. As people age, the still will want to be independent and do things on their own. We can do more than just help them physically. We can call them on a day to day basis and make sure they are doing well and see if they need anything.
It takes nothing but 5 minutes at the most to pick up the phone and have a conversation. Most of the time grandparents love their grandkids. Most of us do not think to go see them or make a call to see how they are doing but I can almost guarantee they will be so excited and happy you would do that for them
It doesn’t have to be only with your grandparents or older people. It can be with anyone including your parents, aunts and uncles, friends or whoever.