It is a sad fact that modern society has, in many instances, become harsh and selfish. It seems as if the majority of people are blind to the suffering that surrounds them, sometimes on their own doorsteps. There are more hungry, ill and homeless people than ever before and official social simply cannot cope. It is also true, however, that many people are part of groups that are making a real and valuable effort to do good together.
There are many reasons why people choose to perform good deeds and to try to do something positive. Some people feel guilty about their own prosperity and their many privileges and they want to share at least some of it. Others are profoundly touched by suffering and want to try and alleviate it. Yet others follow the doctrines of their faith systems and feel compelled to make some contribution.
Psychologists and other experts have long sung the praises of giving as a healing and growing therapy. People are better able to gain perspective when they are involved with other much less fortunate than themselves. They experience a sense of self worth when they help others and they forget about their own problems or they at least start to see their own issues in the light of a wider perspective.
It is interesting to note that society as a whole also benefit from charitable deeds. In societies where the majority of people are involved in helping others there is often lower crime rates and citizens of such communities are more likely to be law abiding. Many people become involved in charity causes because they have been inspired by the efforts of others. In this way charity deeds can snowball.
There is no real excuse for anybody not to become involved with their communities. It does not always require cash. Most of the needs are for time, for skills and for help in efforts to conduct fund raising events. Everybody can afford to become involved in giving in some way or another. Some people give by doing things totally out of their normal comfort zones, such as cleaning or serving, but they still get a great deal of joy and satisfaction from their efforts.
It is always a good idea to choose an area that is close to the heart to perform charitable deeds. Not everyone wants to work with old people, or with children, for example. Some people prefer to work with animals or to make a difference in the environment. The fact is that people will do most good in areas where they feel a particular passion and interest.
It is important to become involved in a charity that is close to the heart. Nobody can be expected to become enthusiastic about issues that do not concern them deeply. Animals, people, children and the environment all need help and there are more than enough choices of issues to become involved in. It is also important to only involve oneself with genuine and registered charities and to avoid charlatans.
To do good together can be extremely satisfying and self fulfilling. To give is certainly better than to get. It is not necessary to be rich to be able to give. Everybody can make a contribution towards a better society. If it becomes common practice to share society can only become a better and more happy place.
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