I include an online service, called ScienceDaily, as part of my research into scientific and medical breakthroughs. It’s my number one source on the latest news.
Anyhow, I normally don’t spend much — if any — time on articles that aren’t related to Ryan, but one caught my attention. It made me think of all the humble people who has helped us along the way. I wanted to see if what I felt was true, so I continued reading it.The article states that they are surprised by the findings, but I am not. As it turns out, I came to this conclusion some time ago. Still, it’s always nice to be validated.
It also confirms I use to be an egotistical jerk. How I wish I could change that.
So, all you humble people, enjoy reading about yourselves.
Humble People Are More Likely to Lend a Helping Hand
ScienceDaily (Jan. 2, 2012) — Humble people are more likely to offer time to someone in need than arrogant people are, according to findings by Baylor University researchers published online in The Journal of Positive Psychology.
“The findings are surprising because in nearly 30 years of research on helping behavior, very few studies have shown any effect of personality variables on helping,” said lead author Jordan LaBouff, Ph.D., a lecturer in psychology at the University of Maine, who collaborated on the research while a doctoral candidate at Baylor. “The only other personality trait that has shown any effect is agreeableness, but we found that humility predicted helping over and above that.”
In most cases, a person’s decision to help someone in need is influenced by temporary personal or situational factors such as time pressure, number of bystanders, momentary feelings of empathy or a person’s own distress, said Wade C. Rowatt, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, who led the study and co-authored the article.
“The research indicates that humility is a positive quality with potential benefits,” Rowatt said. “While several factors influence whether people will volunteer to help a fellow human in need, it appears that humble people, on average, are more helpful than individuals who are egotistical or conceited.”
This is about half of the entire article. The remainder is mostly how the study was conducted. If that interests you then click here. One article that I hope you do take the time to visit (or revisit) and share on your social media is the one about the Chick Magnet. This article is in contention for a $50,000 grand prize.
Humility is not thinking less of yourself but thinking of yourself less. –C.S. Lewis
I am probably more helpful than humble. I literally emit “helpfulness.” Sometimes this does not make my husband happy, especially when I go into Joann’s for a spool of thread and come out 45 minutes later, because someone asked me to help them with something. They love me in Costco, Sam’s Club, BJ’s and Macy’s! It goes like this: Ma’am, have you ever… … or How do I cook… …Do you think my wife… …and the all-time favorite, Does this make my butt look big? Nope, I’m not a victim; I just like helping people when they need me. When I saw Ryan’s story on TV, I knew that somehow I could help. So I began writing on Ryan’sRally.org and praying for Ryan. I am here still, helping in other small ways, but praying for Ryan’s healing many times a day and meeting others who are helping as well. Ryan’s Rally, SHSP and NGA. Sharing the love.
And what could be more humble than, the God-child in the manger
Gail Doyle says
Ken , A very nice article, hopefully more “humble” people continue to come to help Ryan and your family .Like Paula said ,what you and Sue do in a day ,would be impossible for most. May Ryan continue to do better and better each day Always here …….. Love Gail
There’s a reason you’re made the way you are, Ken — you’ve got all the physical strength, intellect and abilities to take the very best care of your wonderful son, daughter and wife.
What you accomplish in one day many do not do in a week. What you have accomplished in the last couple years is, in a word, awesome. I don’t know how else to say it except I so admire what you do.
Love & prayers, always keeping the faith and never giving up hope…Paula
I love it when scientific research supports Biblical priniciples and thruths! The apostle Paul wrote to the church in Philippi: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interest of others.” God is leading so many hearts to your family… I hope that you and Sue feel the love every day <3
Make that “truths”. Typos help keep me humble 🙂