Spirit - Asking for Help

Health Benefits

  • Stress management
  • Improved overall wellness
  • Enhance mental health benefits
  • Increased connection to others


For many people, giving help is often easier than asking for it. And while helping others is admirable and important, it often takes even more courage to ask for help. If you are one of those people who find it difficult to ask for help, then this Action Step is perfect for you.

Asking for help is a way to connect with others and build community. In addition, because most people like to give help, asking for it is a way to make others happy! There are also health benefits for you when you ask for help. Taking on an entire burden alone can be stressful and we know that chronic or excess stress can harm health on many levels. When we get in the habit of asking for help, we also feel less alone and isolated. Research demonstrates that people who feel isolated and unsupported are at higher risk of illness and mental health issues. So, the bottom line is that asking for help has lots of benefits for both the giver and the receiver. It’s time to receive some help Thriver! 


In this Action Step, we’ll explore ways to break down some of the barriers that can prevent people from asking for help. And then you will be asked to make the ask. We’ll start small and then work our way towards a big ask. It’s time for you to receive a helping hand Thriver!

Why It Works

One way to combat social isolation and the associated ill health is to ask for help. Asking for help builds connection and can help reduce stress. Social support has been shown to positive influence recovery and health after a cancer diagnosis.


Kroenke CH, Kubzanski LD, Schernhammer ES, et al. Social networks, social support, and survival after breast cancer diagnosis. JCO. 2006;(24)7:1105-1111.

Lutgendorf SK, De Geest K, Bender D, et al. Social influences on clinical outcomes of patients with ovarian cancer. JCO. 2012;30(23);2885-2890