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5 Ways To Give December A Great Start

November 30, 2020

END OF AN ERROR  

We're entering into the last month of 2020. It was a year with so many oddities that it sometimes felt like living through a historical error. It wasn't only error, though. There were bright spots of love and kindness. At times, 2020 felt like long and unbroken periods of discouragement. But times like these make every act of simple help shine that much brighter. This year may have had some errors, but we're balancing the ledger every time we choose to help. So let's go help somebody this week!

- You can reference Simple Help using "@gohelpsomebody" on FB, Twitter or Instagram.

- Add the hashtag "#simplehelp" to any related post on social media. Use it, and the whole tribe of helpers can easily see ways we are making a difference!

For the week of November 30 - December 4

Actions: The Simple Helps to remember

  • Monday - Clean up someone else’s mess. Bonus points for not mentioning that you did.
  • Tuesday - Put an extra coat or blanket in your car so you can give it to someone who’s cold.
  • Wednesday - Don’t nag anyone about anything.
  • Thursday - Look up from your phone while someone is talking to you.
  • Friday - Leave a prepackaged snack or drink for your mailman with a note to thank them for their hard work this holiday season.

Be awesome. Make someone's day. Share this with your friends. Join the rest of us this week and go help somebody! To see each day’s Simple.Help in your Facebook feed Monday through Friday click here and hit “LIKE” or follow Simple.Help on Instagram!

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5 Ways To Celebrate Thanksgiving This Week

November 23, 2020

THANKSGIVING

Thanksgiving is an old-timey word that became the name of a holiday. Unless you have buckles on your shoes and hat, it's unlikely that "thanksgiving" is a word you'd use to describe a state of mind. But that's what it is! A thankful heart makes it easier to serve people. Gratitude creates a desire to bless others. Let's celebrate Thanksgiving (both the holiday and the state of mind) by making life better for the people around us.

- You can reference Simple Help using "@gohelpsomebody" on FB, Twitter or Instagram.

- Add the hashtag "#simplehelp" to any related post on social media. Use it, and the whole tribe of helpers can easily see ways we are making a difference!

For the week of November 23 - November 27

Actions: The Simple Helps to remember

  • Monday - Be on time today!
  • Tuesday - Look for something good in someone you have trouble liking and mention that goodness to them.
  • Wednesday - When you are out and about, smile under that mask and say “hi” to strangers.
  • Thursday - Happy Thanksgiving! Compliment the chef today and let them know how much you appreciate their efforts. Bonus points for helping with clean up!
  • Friday - Tell someone you are thankful for them and tell them why.

Be awesome. Make someone's day. Join the rest of us this week and go help somebody! To see each day’s Simple.Help in your Facebook feed Monday through Friday click here and hit “LIKE” or follow Simple.Help on Instagram!

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5 Ways To Make This Week Great

November 16, 2020

WISE WORDS AND SIMPLE HELP


The simple helps this week are based on wise, famous words! Inspirational quotes and real-world acts of kindness are two sides of the same coin. They couldn't look more different, but they are two components of the same thing. Inspirational quotes create a stirring in the heart. They make us want to be better and to do better, too. Real-world acts of kindness -- those moments where we are simply helping someone out -- usually feel more like discipline than inspiration. But it is action that changes the world. Wise words can inspire us with how the world needs us. Simple help can meet that need in ways that actually change the world. Without both sides, after all, a coin isn't worth what it could be.


- You can reference Simple Help using "@gohelpsomebody" on FB, Twitter or Instagram.

- Add the hashtag "#simplehelp" to any related post on social media. Use it, and the whole tribe of helpers can easily see ways we are making a difference!


For the week of November 16 - November 20

Actions: The Simple Helps to remember

  • Monday - Ease someone’s heartache.  “To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own.”   - Abraham Lincoln 
  • Tuesday - Give to someone who can’t repay you. “The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.”  - Ann Landers
  • Wednesday - Help someone up. “Every single time you help somebody up, you are helping humanity rise.”  - Steve Maraboli
  • Thursday - Tell someone what gifts and talents you see in them. “The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.”  - Benjamin Disraeli
  • Friday - Do good and make someone’s day. “I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.” ― Jana Stanfield

Be awesome. Make someone's day. Join the rest of us this week and go help somebody! To see each day’s Simple.Help in your Facebook feed Monday through Friday click here and hit “LIKE” or follow Simple.Help on Instagram!

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5 Reasons To Celebrate

November 9, 2020

CELEBRATE!

One of the great traits of humanity is our capacity -- our nearly irrepressible compulsion -- to celebrate. Halloween, Thanksgiving, the holidays as a whole... people just agree with each other, "we should celebrate this day!" The earth revolved around the sun another time since you were born? Celebration! Bring out a big dessert and put candles on it! This week, the goal is to tap into our innate celebrative nature. There are holidays that you may or may not know about this week, leading up to a denouement of World Kindness Day! We have so much to celebrate.

- You can reference Simple Help using "@gohelpsomebody" on FB, Twitter or Instagram.

- Add the hashtag "#simplehelp" to any related post on social media. Use it, and the whole tribe of helpers can easily see ways we are making a difference!

For the week of November 9 - November 13

Actions: The Simple Helps to remember

  • Monday - It’s World Adoption Day! Cheer on an adoptive parent.
  • Tuesday - It’s Forget Me Not Day! Let someone know that even though you haven’t been in touch lately, you care.
  • Wednesday - It’s Veterans Day! Thank a man or woman who served in the US armed forces.
  • Thursday - It’s Chicken Soup For The Soul Day! Thank someone who brings  you comfort.
  • Friday - It’s World Kindness Day! Be friendly, generous, and considerate.

Be awesome. Make someone's day. Join the rest of us this week and go help somebody! To see each day’s Simple.Help in your Facebook feed Monday through Friday click here and hit “LIKE” or follow Simple.Help on Instagram!

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5 Ways To Be Happier This Week

November 2, 2020

NO FEAR IN LOVE

Whether you're excited for Election Day this week, worried about it, or (very likely!) both... it'll be a big week for America. Leaving politics out of it, uncertainty can lead to fear, and anger often follows close behind that fear. How to fix it? We can love our neighbor. There's certainty in love: certainty we're doing the right thing, certainty we're helping, and certainty we won't let fear win. Let's be proactive in loving people this week, and leave no room for fear.

- You can reference Simple Help using "@gohelpsomebody" on FB, Twitter or Instagram.

- Add the hashtag "#simplehelp" to any related post on social media. Use it, and the whole tribe of helpers can easily see ways we are making a difference!

For the week of November 2 - November 6

Actions: The Simple Helps to remember

  • Monday - Let someone have their way without rolling your eyes or sighing.
  • Tuesday - Vote.
  • Wednesday - Be extra patient with people.
  • Thursday - Do your best to calm someone’s fear.
  • Friday - Surprise someone with 5 minutes of your undivided attention.

Be awesome. Make someone's day. Join the rest of us this week and go help somebody! To see each day’s Simple.Help in your Facebook feed Monday through Friday click here and hit “LIKE” or follow Simple.Help on Instagram!


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5 Ways To Make This Week More Fun

October 26, 2020

THERE YOU ARE!

A very wise person once said, "There are two types of people. Those who walk into a room and say, 'here I am' and those who walk into a room and say, 'there you are!'" That second type of person is the best! And we have the choice to be that type of person, it's not a trait decided for us at birth. The simple helps this week are all practical ways to say, "there you are" with our actions. When we focus on others instead of just ourselves, our world gets bigger and so much better.

- You can reference Simple Help using "@gohelpsomebody" on FB, Twitter or Instagram.

- Add the hashtag "#simplehelp" to any related post on social media. Use it, and the whole tribe of helpers can easily see ways we are making a difference!

For the week of October 26 - October 30

Actions: The Simple Helps to remember

  • Monday - Share someone’s uplifting social media post on your own.
  • Tuesday - Thank a person who makes your life easier.
  • Wednesday - Use a kind voice all day.
  • Thursday - Pick a cause and start saving all your loose change to make a donation. (Been doing this awhile? Then donate it today.)
  • Friday - Cut someone some slack.

Be awesome. Make someone's day. Share this with your friends. Join the rest of us this week and go help somebody! To see each day’s Simple.Help in your Facebook feed Monday through Friday click here and hit “LIKE” or follow Simple.Help on Instagram.

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5 Ways To Double The Joy In Your Life

October 19, 2020

BETTER TOGETHER

Someone once said, "Shared joy is double joy, and shared sorrow is half sorrow."  And I'm sure you've found it to be true if you've ever shared either of those emotions. But why is it true? One reason might be that we were made to function best as part of a community. Going it alone is like going without food; we can do it for a while, but not forever. It's not a weakness, it's a source of strength. The simple helps this week will make us stronger and better together, because shared joy is double joy.

- You can reference Simple Help using "@gohelpsomebody" on FB, Twitter or Instagram.

- Add the hashtag "#simplehelp" to any related post on social media. Use it, and the whole tribe of helpers can easily see ways we are making a difference!

For the week of October 19 - October 23

Actions: The Simple Helps to remember

  • Monday - Tell a parent what you appreciate about the way they parent.
  • Tuesday - Surprise someone with a flower or their favorite snack.
  • Wednesday - Write an uplifting message on a sticky note and put it on someone’s mirror.
  • Thursday - Ask a student to tell you something they like about school this year.
  • Friday - Play Freerice  (Fun for ages 8 to 88. This online game is part of the UN World Food Programme. Ten grains of rice are donated to people in need each time you answer a question. )

Be awesome. Make someone's day. Share this with your friends. Join the rest of us this week and go help somebody! To see each day’s Simple.Help in your Facebook feed Monday through Friday click here and hit “LIKE” or follow Simple.Help on Instagram

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5 Ways To Win This Week

October 11, 2020

KNOWING IS HALF THE BATTLE

Back in the 80s, G.I. Joe did an ongoing series of PSAs that always ended with the same catchphrase, "Now you know, and knowing is half the battle." It was a catchphrase, but at the same time, a benediction. It could sneak past the viewer, but there is huge and hidden encouragement in those words. Good works are right in front of you. You don't have to worry about trying to figure out what to do, because now you know. This week's simple helps are based off wise words from wise people. We know what to do, and that's half the battle.

- You can reference Simple Help using "@gohelpsomebody" on FB, Twitter or Instagram.

- Add the hashtag "#simplehelp" to any related post on social media. Use it, and the whole tribe of helpers can easily see ways we are making a difference!

For the week of October 12 - October 16

Actions: The Simple Helps to remember

  • Monday - Do a little bit to help somebody. “Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” - Edmond Burke
  • Tuesday - Show love in your doing for someone. “It is how much love we put in the doing that makes our offering something beautiful.” - Mother Teresa
  • Wednesday - Extend sympathy to someone who needs to know you care. “To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own.” - Abraham Lincoln
  • Thursday - Help someone anonymously. “The work an unknown good man has done is like a vein of water flowing hidden underground, secretly making the ground green.”― Thomas Carlyle
  • Friday - Be a good example. “A good example has twice the value of good advice.”― Author Unknown.

Be awesome. Make someone's day.  Join the rest of us this week and go help somebody! To see each day’s Simple.Help in your Facebook feed Monday through Friday click here and hit “LIKE” or follow Simple.Help on Instagram!

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5 Ways To See The Best In People

October 5, 2020

WISHING OTHERS WELL

Sometimes, especially when big elections are getting close, it can get harder to see the best in everyone. Is it our filter that changes, or is it everyone around us changing? The solution is the same either way. Wishing others well changes us and it changes those around us. And it's most effective when "wishing" is a transitive verb -- an action with an object its working on -- instead of the sterile, intransitive "I wish!" This week, let's go help people by wishing them well in simple, actionable ways. Seeing the best in everyone is up to us.- You can reference Simple Help using "@gohelpsomebody" on FB, Twitter or Instagram.

Add the hashtag "#simplehelp" to any related post on social media. Use it, and the whole tribe of helpers can easily see ways we are making a difference!

For the week of October 5 - October 9

Actions: The Simple Helps to remember

  • Monday - Write “Thank you for collecting our trash!” on the outside of an envelope, put $5 inside, and tape it to your garbage can for the trash collector.
  • Tuesday - Give someone a socially distanced air hug.
  • Wednesday - Promote someone else’s good ideas and give them the credit!
  • Thursday - Give someone a head’s up about something that would be helpful for them to know.
  • Friday - Thank someone for wearing a mask.

Be awesome. Make someone's day.  Join the rest of us this week and go help somebody! To see each day’s Simple.Help in your Facebook feed Monday through Friday click here and hit “LIKE” or follow Simple.Help on Instagram!

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5 Easy Things To Do To Be A Hero

September 21, 2020

BIG THINGS IN SMALL PACKAGES 

This saying is often true of physical gifts, but it is always true of gifts we give with our actions. How big of a deal is it for us to give a couple of minutes of our day? Usually, it's very simple to help (hence the name!), and yet it's easy to choose against it. Why? Sometimes, it's not because the effort is too big, but because it doesn't feel big enough. How big of a difference can small gestures make? Honestly, it's almost always a much bigger impact than we can see. Big things come in small packages. A simple help performed this week can change the trajectory of someone's entire day. That small thing is worthwhile, even if we often don't get to see how.

- You can reference Simple Help using "@gohelpsomebody" on FB, Twitter or Instagram.
- Add the hashtag "#simplehelp" to any related post on social media. Use it, and the whole tribe of helpers can easily see ways we are making a difference!


For the week of September 21 - September 25

Actions: The Simple Helps to remember

  • Monday - Let someone in if you're in traffic today. Bonus points for doing it more than once!
  • Tuesday - Place a few coins where kids are most likely to find them.
  • Wednesday - Think of something you have that you don’t need. Who do you know that would love to have it? Give it to them with this note, “I think this should belong to you.”
  • Thursday - Make a card for a hospitalized kid: http://www.cardsforhospitalizedkids.com/make-cards.html
  • Friday - Surprise someone with an unexpected text or call.

Be awesome. Make someone's day. Join the rest of us this week and go help somebody! To see each day’s Simple.Help in your Facebook feed Monday through Friday click here and hit “LIKE” or follow Simple.Help on Instagram!

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5 Ways To Make This Week Awesome

September 14, 2020

WISDOM, INTELLIGENCE, AND KINDNESS

 Someone once described the difference between wisdom and intelligence: "Intelligence is knowing that Frankenstein was the name of the doctor, not the monster. Wisdom is understanding that Dr. Frankenstein actually was the monster." Wisdom helps us see below the surface. It makes information meaningful through a lens of experience. That's why the simple helps this week are based on the wise words of some wise people. Creating meaningful change in the world requires the wisdom to see below the surface, and the kindness to help change it! This week we can bring both -- wisdom and kindness -- to a world that needs it.

 - You can reference Simple Help using "@gohelpsomebody" on FB, Twitter or Instagram.

- Add the hashtag "#simplehelp" to any related post on social media. Use it, and the whole tribe of helpers can easily see ways we are making a difference!

For the week of September 14 - September 18

Actions: The Simple Helps to remember

  • Monday - Tell someone what talents you see in them. “The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches but to reveal to him his own.” -  Benjamin Disraeli
  • Tuesday - Help someone carry their burdens (physical and/or emotional). “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” -  Charles Dickens
  • Wednesday - Cheer others’ victories. “We need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits.” - Jim Stovall
  • Thursday - Do a chore that someone else usually handles.  “We can't help everyone but everyone can help someone.” - Ronald Reagan
  • Friday - Look for a way to be helpful to someone.  “Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day.” - Sally Koch

Be awesome. Make someone's day. Share this with your friends. Join the rest of us this week and go help somebody! To see each day’s Simple.Help in your Facebook feed Monday through Friday click here and hit “LIKE” or follow Simple.Help on Instagram!


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5 Ways To Share And Care This Week

September 7, 2020

SHARING IS CARING 

We've all heard that saying repeated many times! A funny thing happens sometimes with repetition: it makes it easier to remember the words and harder to remember the truth behind them. Sharing really is an action that shows someone you care about them. Whether it's good news, a kind word, or a bit of information (like this Tuesday's action!), people feel included when we share. This week's simple helps seek to accomplish just that. Share with people, and in so doing we will care for them. It's a simple way to make an effort for community rather than settle for acquaintances. 

- You can reference Simple Help using "@gohelpsomebody" on FB, Twitter or Instagram.

- Add the hashtag "#simplehelp" to any related post on social media. Use it, and the whole tribe of helpers can easily see ways we are making a difference!

For the week of September 7 - September 11

Actions: The Simple Helps to remember

  • Monday - Wish everyone a Happy Labor Day!
  • Tuesday - Learn something new and share it with a friend. You can start here.
  • Wednesday - Tell someone “don’t give up!”
  • Thursday - Be patient with people.
  • Friday - Tell someone about Simple.Help

Be awesome. Make someone's day. Share this with your friends. Join the rest of us this week and go help somebody! To see each day’s Simple.Help in your Facebook feed Monday through Friday click here and hit “LIKE” or follow Simple.Help on Instagram!


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5 Ways To Make Your Facebook Account A Happier Place

August 31, 2020

SOCIAL MEDIA

Is Facebook a good thing or a bad thing? It depends on the faces! Specifically, it depends on the people and the words and kindnesses they share. A tool that connects hundreds of millions of people can magnify the effects of our social connections in a powerful way. This week, our simple helps are focused on using that tool for good! Because, ironically, we can use Facebook to help people without being face-to-face with them. We can be the faces -- the people -- that make Facebook a good thing.

- You can reference Simple Help using "@gohelpsomebody" on FB, Twitter or Instagram.

- Add the hashtag "#simplehelp" to any related post on social media. Use it, and the whole tribe of helpers can easily see ways we are making a difference!

For the week of August 31 - September 4

Actions: The Simple Helps to remember

  • Monday - Post a kind word on a teacher’s Facebook timeline.
  • Tuesday - Post a kind word on a relative’s Facebook timeline.
  • Wednesday - Post a kind word on a first responder’s Facebook timeline.
  • Thursday - Post a kind word on a leader’s Facebook timeline.
  • Friday - Post a kind word on the Facebook timeline of a person who would be most surprised by that.

Be awesome. Make someone's day. Share this with your friends. Join the rest of us this week and go help somebody! To see each day’s Simple.Help in your Facebook feed Monday through Friday click here and hit “LIKE” or follow Simple.Help on Instagram

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5 Ways To Make Everyone's Life Better This Week

August 24, 2020

Better vs. Best

The best version of what we can accomplish is often what keeps us from becoming better. It's easy to enter into a fictional scenario of our best imaginable self vs. a real choice in front of us that looks less heroic. Choosing to run into a collapsing building to save a loved one? That imaginary choice is easy! And, very satisfying. Choosing to help someone out at work so they can go grab a snack (check out Tuesday!)... that real choice can be hard. The simple helps this week are simple like always. But that doesn't mean they are easy. This week, let's choose to make the real world better even if it doesn't match the "best" we'd imagine. It's how we can make the world a better place!

- You can reference Simple Help using "@gohelpsomebody" on FB, Twitter or Instagram.

- Add the hashtag "#simplehelp" to any related post on social media. Use it, and the whole tribe of helpers can easily see ways we are making a difference!

For the week of August 24 - August 28

Actions: The Simple Helps to remember

  • Monday - Ask someone to tell you something that  they did for a stranger that  they are glad they did.
  • Tuesday - Make it possible for someone to take a break.
  • Wednesday - Help someone who can’t repay you.
  • Thursday - Listen to someone without having to add your own story to what they’ve said.
  • Friday - Put an extra umbrella in your car to give to someone who needs it.

Be awesome. Make someone's day. Share this with your friends. Join the rest of us this week and go help somebody! To see each day’s Simple.Help in your Facebook feed Monday through Friday click here and hit “LIKE” or follow Simple.Help on Instagram

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5 Ways To Be A Better Friend

August 17, 2020

TO HAVE A FRIEND, BE A FRIEND

There's a story in the Bible where some people asked Jesus "who's my neighbor?" Who knows what kind of answer they were looking for, but the one they got was certainly unexpected. He basically said, "Go be nice to people! Then you're their neighbor." The answer was wisdom they could put to use, rather than knowledge that wouldn't help anyone. To have a friend, go be a friend! It's still true today. Our neighbors are determined biographically rather than geographically. And that's what the simple helps are about this week!

- You can reference Simple Help using "@gohelpsomebody" on FB, Twitter or Instagram.

- Add the hashtag "#simplehelp" to any related post on social media. Use it, and the whole tribe of helpers can easily see ways we are making a difference!

FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 17 - AUGUST 21

Actions: The Simple Helps to remember

  • Monday - Give someone a flower. Can’t hand them a real one? Text a picture of one.
  • Tuesday - Tell someone why you respect them.
  • Wednesday - Encourage a parent who has chosen to have their kids learning at school.
  • Thursday - Encourage a parent who has chosen to have their kids learning at home.
  • Friday - Check in on a neighbor.

Be awesome. Make someone's day.  Join the rest of us this week and go help somebody! To see each day’s Simple.Help in your Facebook feed Monday through Friday click here and hit “LIKE” or follow Simple.Help on Instagram!


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