Useful people possess helping character qualities: motivation, initiative, and the ability to act. They also have opportunities to assist and support others. If you sincerely desire to be supportive, begin by knowing yourself. Define and clarify your virtues and values. Then express your values and individuality while assisting and supporting others. Do not take credit for their success. Know when your assistance is no longer desired, and when to withdraw gracefully. In your zeal to be helpful, allow others to fail—this is essential to their growth.
Your willingness, time, initiative, and effort are needed in causes, purposes, and roles for good. Consider using your skills, wisdom, and experience in any of these capacities: guardian ad litem, peace activist, crisis hotline listener, humanitarian assistance specialist, human rights volunteer, literacy tutor/counselor, medical appointment transportation volunteer, environmental activist, gun control activist, nongovernment organization (NGO) or nonprofit coordinator or manager, food bank volunteer, animal welfare volunteer, disaster assistance specialist, or voting poll worker volunteer.
Being of use to others is intrinsically rewarding, never demeaning. When your assigned employment tasks are done, offer assistance to co-workers. Extending simple courtesy, such as holding open a door or offering your place in line, could make someone’s day. Translate good intentions. The smallest useful act can promote cooperation and harmony in our world.