Altruism

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa (INFJ)

During the school holidays earlier this week, I posted an update on my Facebook page,  randomly deciding to buy a book from my local Lifeline opshop in Cleveland. I tried finding a children’s book, but could only find The Hobbit, and took it across the road to the library where they have the #littlelibrary – a box for the community to leave a book, and take a book for free. Except I didn’t take one, I left one, without taking anything for myself.

Normally, I don’t go boasting about my mini philanthropist adventures, but thought I could raise some awareness this time, for others to do a random act of selfless kindness, expecting nothing in return. I wrote the word a l t r u i s m , to also raise awareness of the matter, and in the grand scheme of things, it is an important aspect to cultivate within ourselves, our communities, and globally. So essentially, on a micro and macro scale.

So, what actually is altruism?

Merriam-Webster briefly describe it as, “unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others,” and “charitable acts motivated purely by altruism.”

So what’s the INFJ after Mother Terea’s name about? She was an an INFJ, so am I and helping others selflessly is one of my core beliefs. I have volunteered at places like the RSPCA and Red Cross previously and although I would not put myself up there with her, her pure acts of selflessness are amazing.

What are some ways that you help others? What have you done in the past that you could do again?

Starah99

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