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 about 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 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. I would not put myself up there with her, but her pure acts of selflessness are amazing.

But back to my fb post, I couldn’t stop thinking about it last night, and then had the brilliant idea to turn it into a 30-day challenge. As I read something several years, that it only takes 30 days to form a habit so make it a good one [Not long after, I quit smoking cigarettes.]. So how about it? Can we all do something little each day to make the world a better/easier/happier place without expecting anything in return?

I say little, cos I don’t have heaps of time on my hands, and technically I’m homeless with PTSD, social anxiety and osteophytes on my neck, but I can still help as much as I can. So follow me, and/or join along. I will begin updating daily on 10th July 2017 when my child returns to school [And co-indecently when I myself return to school for a bridging program at university so I can start my BA next year.] and complete my altruistic journey on 10th August 2017. Hope to see you along for the ride!

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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