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Helping Someone: Tips for Offering Help and Following Through Graciously
Dr. Dale V. Atkins, September 2008

September is a month when many people begin new projects and find themselves organizing and re-organizing to get their lives back into a routine which may have changed during the summer. In order to do this, we all can use some help.

Here are some tips to follow when you are in the position of helping someone in some way, whether it is changing a light bulb, sitting with someone during a chemotherapy treatment, driving someone's kids to school, accompanying a friend to an AA meeting, picking up groceries, walking someone's dog, taking out the trash, or offering a lift to church to someone who is no longer comfortable behind the wheel. Whatever it is, do it with grace and a smile.

Be Gracious - Thank the person for giving you the chance to be useful and helpful.

Do Not Complain - Even if you do not want to do the task, you accepted the "assignment," so do it without complaining or negativitiy.

Whatever it is, do it with grace and a smile. Do not offer or accept a request for help if you are going to appear "put out, put off or unhappy" about it. Remember, helping someone is one of the most important things you can do in your life.

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