The Dalai Lama, an international symbol of peace, stated: “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” As they say, what goes around comes around. Realistically speaking, regardless of the fact that it is genuinely a great and evolved act to be a helpful person naturally, in many cases we are too busy making our own way in this fast-paced ever-changing world. Hence, treating good deeds as something that can be leveraged on, in contrast to sheer acts of sanctitude, can come off as a very useful habit to attract more opportunities. It’s always good to get brownie points!
Politicians rely on brownie points to get support from the citizens; employees rely on brownie points to gain privileges from their superiors; business partners rely on brownie points to get better deals; friends rely on brownie points to get acceptability in the circle! So, what are “brownie points”? And how can it be relevant to you? Can you use it to your advantage?
WHAT ARE BROWNIE POINTS?
“Brownie Points” is a term which refers to an intangible social currency; earned by doing good deeds or helping someone else, expecting a favour in return. You lose brownie points if you do something unfavourable.
We live in a world where everyone is running like a racehorse, chasing after success. Everyone sees what you can do for them and what value you can add to their life. If you are a job-seeker, the HR personnel will evaluate you based on your ability to contribute to the company.
Newton’s third law: “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” applies to almost all social situations too. Use it to the fullest to make your life better and the ones who are around you, happier.
WHY USE BROWNIE POINTS?
Bartering is very real when it comes to intangible favours. In fact, an exchange of favours is a stronger currency than money in many real contexts. When you help others they will naturally be inclined to make decisions that help you. Help becomes easier to find once you are trusted with the fact that you can return the favour. If your reach spreads far and you positively impact many lives; it will soon catch up with you: in a good way!
Research also shows that altruism is a pleasurable act for the brain which results in lasting happiness!
Doing good with brownie points in mind can come with some serious benefits. If you regularly do favours, whether or not you expect favours in return, a by-product of those actions would be an improved reputation. This can open doors to climbing the corporate ladder, getting new business contacts, being referred to various job opportunities and so on.
GREAT! SO HOW DO I EARN BROWNIE POINTS?
There are various ways you can help others. Although it is very contextual, here are some basic tips to get started:
1. Share your knowledge, and help others grow regarding topics which you have a good grip on and others can use.
2. Share your resources mindfully, know what have that someone needs: be it your network, skill, assets etc.
3. Your time is something that is invaluable, allocating it to someone gives value to them.
4. Recognition and compliments which are placed smartly can do wonders.
5. Gifts can be easily misunderstood, but if planned well contextually, it works fine.