Offering your hand may not always be the healthiest way to help.

Find Better Ways to Help Others

Heart in Hands Spending time with abandoned puppies or logging hours at the soup kitchen is always a good idea, right? Not necessarily. Overzealous selfless behavior could be a sign of “pathological altruism.” People with this condition feel an impulsive need to devote themselves to others, even if others don’t want any help. Before swooping in to aid a buddy, ask if they really want the help, or if they’d rather go it alone.

Do it Today: When trying to help out, consider another person’s real needs — even if they don’t match up with your own.

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