So you’ve had a bad day – you were late due to a fault with the trains but your boss yelled at you, you tried to buy food at lunchtime but you forgot your wallet, you wore your new suede shoes and it rained heavily on your way home. How bad is your day though, really? These setbacks throughout your day might be terribly inconveniencing to you, but if you take some time to think about it, is your life really that bad?
No matter how bad your day is going, there is always someone else out there who is facing tougher challenges right now. There are some people out there who may not even have the basics that we tend to take for granted – food, money, or a roof over their heads. Some children might not be able to go to school even though they are keen to learn, and some people may not even be able to feed or clothe themselves without the help of others.
If you can, do take some time out of your day to help these people in any way you can. When you give back to the community, you are doing something for the community you live in. No matter who you are, you would have taken from society at one point or another, in one form or another, and giving back is a good way to show your appreciation.
Besides giving and doing something to help those in need, here are 5 more reasons to give back.
1. Learn a new skill
When you give back to the community, it could be through a variety of ways, such as donating money or useful items, volunteering to spend time with the elderly, disabled, or children who need some company, or even volunteering to help with physical labour. Some people who are less able may need help with fixing things in their house – a useful skill to pick up along the way. If you were to sign up for a donation drive, like a bake sale or a cook-out, you may also pick up some domestic kitchen skills along the way. These are just a few of the various skills you may be able to learn through volunteering, so not only will you enrich the lives of others, you will also be enriching your own life.
2. Get to know more people
Giving back to the community is a social act, and there are many others out there who are also committed to lending a helping hand to whomever may need it. If you were to join a community club or a volunteer service, you will meet many other like-minded people who are also looking to give back to the community. Furthermore, you will also get to know the lives and stories of the people whom you are helping. Not only are you expending your own social circle, you are also being a friend to some possibly lonely people who just need a listening ear and a helping hand. Who knows, you may just find yourself a new close friend through volunteering!
3. Develop and grow as a person
All of our experiences in life are responsible for shaping us into the people we are today, and volunteering is an experience that would definitely be useful in our personal growth. Furthermore, we also learn a lot from the experiences and stories of others, and volunteering is a good way of getting insight into the lives of others. This is especially so if you were to volunteer at an aged home, as many of the elderly residents have pearls of wisdom waiting to be shared with others. Volunteering in something that deviates from your usual daily activities may also open up new interests and options for you in future – you might find something you like out of it.
4. Gain a new perspective in life
Getting to know people who have to face more difficulties in life will also put a new perspective on your own struggles. Life may be hard for you now, but the fact that you are able to volunteer through donations or spending some of your time to give back to society, shows that at the very least, you are a lot more well off than those who really need your help. Knowing that many of these less fortunate people are still able to go about their daily lives in spite of their challenges, and choosing not to give up, will give you a new outlook in life – hopefully one that encourages you to press on in the midst of hardship too.
5. Feel good when you help someone
If all the above reasons were still not reason enough for you to get up and start giving back to the community, the best reward you can get from giving back is an entirely intangible one. When you help someone, you feel good about yourself, because you’re doing something for them selflessly, without the need for anything in return – the smiles and glow of happiness on their faces are in themselves, enough reward. Give back and feel proud of yourself for making a change in someone else’s life.