When you see someone in need, ask them how you can help. It can be as simple as letting them out of the way of traffic or holding the door for them. Helping others will make you feel good too, and can improve your mental health.
If you know a family member who is battling an illness or dealing with a loss, offer your support. You could cook meals, do some chores around the house, or just listen to them. Be aware that some people who need help aren’t always positive and may only show their pain to those close to them, so you might need to be firm at times.
Everybody has things they never use or even forgot they bought, so why not donate them to a charity? Clothing, food, electronics, toys and other products are welcome at many shelters.
Teaching is another great way to help. Whether it’s helping your grandkids with their math, tutoring kids at a shelter or teaching your coworker how to use a new piece of software, it will make you feel accomplished and help the person learn.
If someone you know is having a rough time, try comforting them with a hug or kind word. You could also try offering a ride to a doctor’s appointment or providing help with groceries. There are apps available that can help with this type of situation, like LivingWith, where you can build a circle of support and easily ask for or offer help.