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Do It, Mean It, Be It by Corrie Shanahan

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10Sharing Is Caring, and Smart

In a nutshell: It’s not just nice to help others along the way, it’s also smart. The benefits of a strong network are manifold, and good deeds are often returned in unexpected ways. Contributing to your network and those around you often rewards you more than them. But it’s important to distinguish from an over-eagerness to help and problem-solve.

The Power of a Network

Scientists Lisa Berkman and Leonard Syme undertook the Alameda County study in 1979.1 It was a nine-year study of the relation between social ties and mortality in one California county that would become one of the most important and impactful studies of its type.

What Berkman and Syme discovered was this: The fewer social ties people reported, the ...

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