July 17, 2017
10 Reasons why Giving Back to Society is Important
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It’s not something that we talk about often. Too many of us are focused on the ‘struggle’ of our daily lives to even think of giving back. But in all honesty, we know at the back of our minds that there are people in our communities who are living below the bread line and subsisting on a day to day basis. If it has always been a thought to get around to giving and you needed a little push in the right direction, here are 10 Reasons why Giving Back to Society is Important.
Why Giving back is Important
1.It creates a feeling of gratitude
Feelings of compassion, humanity and a sense of appreciation awakens when we give to people. There is nothing greater to centre our focus in this world than beginning to understand just how much we have to be grateful for. This comes from being in direct contact with the act of giving to people who are less fortunate than ourselves.
2.Giving encourages a culture of giving
Behaviours are contagious. If people see you or other people giving back to society in some shape or form, it is likely to be an idea that sticks with them. Many people who give back to society have been inspired by someone in their community or environment who had done so. The spirit of giving begins as early as the Grade R level at school.
3.Strengthens communities and nations
Giving encourages dialogue between people, communities and nations in ways that people would not ordinarily have experienced before. When people choose to give, they unite from different sectors and communities in the name of a common cause. This is a key contributing factor in strengthening communities and nation-building.
4.Alleviates poverty, struggling and suffering
On an absolutely practical level when you find ways to give back to society, this helps to provide some instant relief from poverty, struggling and suffering. Even if a long-term, sustainable solution is needed, people still need food in their mouths, clothes on their back and access to basic sanitation in the immediate moment. This can be achieved in a number of different ways. You can donate to a cause, become a volunteer or be involved in corporate giving.
5.It helps you to share resources
If you know that you need to share your resources with somebody, it immediately makes you conscious about what it is that you have. Besides the gratitude aspect, you suddenly are aware of the value of a bucket of water or a plate of warm home-cooked food. Once the value of those resources become abundant, so too does the realisation that those resources do not come easily. You will be more dedicated to sharing those resources.
6.Creates a nation of emotionally aware people
It is easy for us to fall into a sense of moral sleep when we are not faced with the realities of people who are less fortunate than us. Once we make the conscious effort to get out there and give to people we have greater emotional awareness and this helps us to become emotionally intelligent people.
7.Provides people with the building blocks for their future development
If for example you are giving back to society through a feeding or housing scheme, you will be providing the essential building blocks for a child’s future development. Through a sequence of events, you help influence whether they able to study or have the presence of mind to get an education.
8.You will grow as a person
When you are engaged in philanthropic and humanitarian activities you somehow can’t help but be touched as a human being. Your emotional awareness increases, your care and consideration for others is awakened and you are exposed to new and different people. You will grow as a person.
9.Enjoy the Health Benefits of Giving Back
On a physical level, you are bound to experience an increase in your levels of wellbeing when you give back to society. Givers on a whole, experience a boost in morale, increased feelings of happiness, greater purpose in life and naturally lower stress levels.
10.It feels good to give
Deep down inside, we all want to feel that we contributed, added value and had some kind of meaning and purpose in our lives. Giving to others helps to feel that we’ve made that difference and helped to alleviate the crisis in somebody else’s life.
Whichever way you look at it, giving back to society has profound benefits for both the giver and the recipient. The potential for strengthening people and nations through giving back to society is huge and something that we all need to consider looking into. Here’s hoping that you are inspired to give and contribute to society in whichever shape or form in your life.