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PART 3: Promoting Healing Centered Ecosystems through our COMMITMENT TO CONTRIBUTION

In the first part of the Healing-Centered Ecosystems framework, I wrote about the Commitment to Care. For this 2nd part, we turned our focus on our Commitment to Connection.

In this 3rd part, we take a closer look at our Commitment to Contribution.

Commitment to Contribution

Helping others helps us heal.

Science has shown how we experience “helper’s high” when we help others. This means our brain that is responsible for trust, pleasure and connection are activated (J. Moll, 2006). Evidence also shows that helping others helps us in improving our mood, reduces stress and improves our self-esteem. In contributing to others, our level of contentment and happiness increases.

When we contribute to others, we also realize that we are not alone, especially when it comes to struggles in life. In contributing, we find people who are going through their own challenges. People who are also in search of healing, belonging and liberation. We find solace in knowing that we are not the only one going through these tough times and we see each other in our shared humanity. Contributing to the welfare of others also helps us to meet new people. It can amplify the quality of our circle of connections and help build our social network that is crucial for healing. It can also help us shift our perspectives and be grateful of our circumstances.

Contribution is expressed through

  • Strengths

  • Service

When expressed through strengths, contribution takes the form of:

  • awareness of one’s gifts and talents and how they can be used in support of others

  • knowing how to lead with one’s strengths

  • doing something that gives flow and enjoyment

  • prioritizing me time when needed

  • alignment with purpose and values

  • inspiring others to help causes

  • knowing when to ask for help

  • seeing, acknowledging and validating the strengths of others

  • noticing patterns of when we utilize or under utilize our strengths

  • making our strengths visible (character strengths, brain strengths and cultural strengths)

When expressed through service, contribution takes in the form of:

  • kindness to do good for others or for yourself

  • volunteering or acts of selflessness

  • offering expertise as a mentor

  • checking in with others

  • involving family, friends in neighborhood or community projects

  • offering skills share with others

  • offering to do body doubling with others who need it (for ADHD individuals this is very helpful)

  • offering a listening ear to a friend or colleague

  • getting involved with a cause

  • offer support in onboarding new colleagues

  • putting skills, energy and personal qualities to work by helping others specially what and who we care for

  • doing random acts of kindness

  • allowing others to help us

  • receiving support

  • symbiotic culture of reciprocated support

  • serving others with our gifts

  • “paying it forward”

  • encouraging others to lead with their strengths

  • acting with compassion and empathy not only to one’s self but also with others (human and nonhuman)

  • helping people see what their gifts are

  • working towards our purpose and who we want to serve

  • generosity with ourselves and others

Below is a worksheet you can use to reflect on your commitment to care.

Do let me know how you are receiving these ideas and what is bubbling up for you! I created this PADLET for those who would like to stay in the course of exploring this with me. Feel free to add your thoughts, inspirations, quotes, videos, podcast links around the different commitments.

As I further explore this framework, I would love to hear your thoughts, impressions, suggestions and felt sense when you read through the material. In the coming weeks, I will be sharing the other commitments as well as prepare a downloadable guide with activities and suggested exercises. So please stay tuned!


Jorge Moll, Frank Krueger, Roland Zahn, Matteo Pardini, Ricardo de Oliveira-Souza, and Jordan Grafman, “Human Fronto–Mesolimbic Networks Guide Decisions About Charitable Donation,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2006.




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  • Together with Saskia Wenniger and Alex Brooks we recently released a strengths based toolkit for Neurodiversity Education Academy entitled " What's Strong with You? " with 20+ tools, exercises and activities to notice how you use your strengths, recognize patterns in leading and engaging with your strengths and how to make your strengths visible in your day-to-day life.


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