To paraphrase J.F.K. – “Ask not what somebody can do for you. Ask what you can do for somebody.”
With the exception of one poor soul somewhere in the world you have to remember that no matter how bad off you are there is someone else out there in a worse position than you.
Online or offline there are a myriad of ways in which you can help others without hurting yourself. No one is asking for you to give away a Cadillac a day or to feed all the hungry people in the world. You can start with something as simple as a smile or a “good day”. You can give up your seat on the bus or train. You can let the person change lanes in front of you.
Anything positive you do for someone else is a good thing. Take a moment every day to look around you (and I mean really look) and see what you are actually in the midst of as you move through the day. How can you make a simple gesture to make someone’s day better?
As I heard today, “Always tip the musician”. That’s good advice to follow.