After every disaster, the best in humanity always rises to the surface. People step up and do amazing things to help each other and make things better again. But that kind of caring isn’t always on display.
Why not? We shouldn’t have to wait for a disaster to start caring.
Look around. It’s possible to make an impact right now; and odds are you’ll be reaping the benefits as well. That’s right, by giving to others, you’ll actually end up receiving more. Here’s why:
1. People Copy Behavior
The saying ‘monkey see, monkey do’ goes for pretty much every species on this planet. If something looks like a good idea, people are bound to start copying it. It’s why children programs and books are filled with moral lessons. By dedicating time to a special cause in your local neighborhood – or just by casually holding open doors for sweet old ladies – you’ll be setting an example. This is one case where showing and telling is a good idea, especially when it comes to children. Having positive role models in their life can help them take the first step to becoming a good person themselves. Change has to start somewhere, and you might as well be the one to do it.
2. When You Give, You Also Receive
Nature has ensured we benefit from sharing our good fortune with others. According to health experts, doing something nice decreases stress levels and releases feel-good hormones. On top of that, people who participate in any community event often get more exercise. The combination of these things means a longer and happier life. People will remember that you regularly do things to improve daily life. Public opinion isn’t everything, but it does feel nice to be appreciated. Who said volunteering is a one-way street?
3. Tying Your Hobby to Your Social Life
If you’re worried about losing out on the little time you have for your hobbies, there’s no need to worry. Getting involved in any kind of volunteering is a good way to make new friends with the same interests as you. Avid animal lovers tend to gather at local pet shelters. Bookworms prefer the atmosphere at a library while being surrounded by fellow book lovers. Every town and city has things to do that make life better for local residents, and they’ll love your participation. Whether it’s administration or hands-on participation, every good cause will help you build experience.
In short, caring for others is also an ideal way of caring for yourself. You’ll feel more positive, have a more engaging social life, and feel that you’ve made a difference for friends, family, and strangers alike.