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Hello Mi Neighbour: Make someone happy in 2016

Published:Wednesday | January 6, 2016 | 1:00 AM

Hello, mi neighbour! Equal to my wish for your personal happiness in 2016 is my wish that you will deliberately see to the personal happiness of others. The personal sacrifice which this may require at times will not go unrewarded. Noteworthy is that the harm which sometimes comes while rendering assistance to others is invariably eclipsed by the fruit of your sacrificial labour - sooner or later.

"Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give." (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Five ways to make others happy in 2016:

- Give a smile - it evokes good feelings in others, and positively affects your overall well-being.

- Give a (clean) joke - laughter reduces pain, relieves stress and boosts the immune system. PS - laughter is free, all natural and universally available.

- Give an encouraging word - it goes straight to the heart and lifts the spirit. Can make the difference between life and death.

- Forgive someone - forgiveness turns negativity into positivity; revenge destroys.

- Give a meal - it boosts the happy hormones while staving off hunger.

Now for a short story. A St James neighbour is disabled and lives alone. Disabled at age two, she was adopted by a couple. Refusing to allow her disability to affect her mobility, when she became an adult, she got a job and went on her own. For many years, she used medication to manage, until six years ago when her situation grew worse. Unable to work since that time, she is being assisted by her church and Good Samaritans. Their combined effort sees to it that she does not go to bed hungry.

Despite her own challenges, she is mindful of her responsibilities to those less fortunate. As the Lord blesses her through the kindness of others, she shares with the hungry homeless. Some day she hopes to do hip replacements which will enable her to work again. In the meanwhile, she is very thankful that she can still move around and believes that God will heal her one day.

But here is why this neighbour is elated today. She needed a refrigerator to store medication and food items, etc. Her request was made through this column. In response, Ms Lewis from St Catherine made an offer. But how would this refrigerator reach her house in Montego Bay at no cost to her? This was what the disabled-in-body-but-not in-mind did: she called a popular bus company which offers express service from Kingston to Montego Bay. The gentleman on the other line offered to deliver it for her free of cost due to her disability, but there was a hitch.

"When the Lord is working for you, He will 'make a way where there is no way'."

Faced with the challenge of transporting this refrigerator from St Catherine to the bus company in Kingston, this neighbour called a police station in St Catherine. After assessing the situation, the sergeant on duty decided to transport the item from St Catherine to the bus company Kingston free of cost. Problem solved. Aren't we happy? Conclusion: problem solving makes people happy. We now turn to those listed below.

 

THANKS TO NEIGHBOURS

 

1. Sandra, St Andrew, for donation of clothing for the entire family.

2. Samantha, St Thomas, for offering bed to Elaine, Portland.

3. Sherine, St Andrew, for offering clothing to a neighbour.

4. Neighbour for donating a bed to a neighbour - please call me at 344-8165.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR HELPING

 

- Neighbour, single mother of two, asking for household items.

- Sylvia, asking neighbours for a blender, pressure cooker and a refrigerator.

- Neighbour, asking neighbours for a serger to make runners to help maintain family.

- Rita, St Catherine, in a very tight spot at the moment ... asking for a bed and a stove.

- Neighbour, St James, lost sewing machine in fire ... asking neighbours for another to help make a living.

- Latoya, St Catherine, unemployed mother of five, asking neighbours for a stove and a television.

• To help, please call 334-8165, 884-3866, 299-3412 or deposit to acct # 351 044 276 NCB. (Bank routing #: JNCBJMKX) or send donations to Hello Neighbour c/o 53 Half-Way Tree Road, Kingston 10; email helloneighbour@yahoo.com.