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Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Helpfulness'

Helpfulness Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    helpfulness n
  1. the property of providing useful assistance
  2. friendliness evidence by a kindly and helpful disposition [syn: kindliness]
Helpfulness Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Helpful \Help"ful\, a. Furnishing help; giving aid; assistant; useful; salutary. Heavens make our presence and our practices Pleasant and helpful to him! --Shak. -- Help"ful*ly, adv. -- Help"ful*ness, n. --Milton.

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Helpfulness'

In social psychology, the everyday concept of helpfulness is really technically defined as (1) the property of providing useful assistance, and (2) friendliness evidenced by a kindly and helpful disposition .

For many years, social psychologists have been searching for answers to these questions:

Several theories of helping agree that, in the long run, helping behavior benefits the giver as well as the receiver. One explanation assumes that human interactions are guided by a "social economics". We exchange not only material goods and money but also social goods - love, services, information status (Foa & Foa, 1975). In doing so, we use a "minimax" strategy - minimize costs, maximize rewards.

Circumstances that inhibit or enhance helpfulness include:

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  • NEWS: MLAs question cabinet ministers on care and support of seniors
    Nunavut MLAs asked a lot of questions in the legislative assembly March 17 and March 18 about what they called inadequate care and financial support for seniors. It all started with Iqaluit-Niaqunnguu MLA Pat Angnakak, who said there’s a need for an elders’ strategy in Nunavut. “Our support and helpfulness to our elders must not only be words,” Angnakak sa Read more on this news related to 'Helpfulness'
  • 95 Percent of Parents Give Statewide K-12 Virtual School, Kansas Connections Academy, Top Marks
    Kansas Connections Academy's high-quality curriculum and helpfulness of teachers receive praise, according to a new survey of the online school. 95 percent of parents with students enrolled recommend the school to other families. (PRWeb March 31, 2014) Read the full story at Read more on this news related to 'Helpfulness'
    As Village Administrator Bob Schoelle steps down this week, we’d like to extend our personal thanks to him for all of his helpfulness and professionalism over the years. Read more on this news related to 'Helpfulness'

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