Socially Responsible Acts Include Giving

By Audrey Marlene

The Spirit of Giving

Our social responsibility includes service to others. This kind act adds meaning throughout our daily lives, not to mention the lives we touch. During the holidays there is a lot of chatter about the spirit of giving and helping others. Many of us become motivated to get involved in giving of our time and money. But this generosity that we feel inside should not be limited to the holidays. It should be an integral part of our lives throughout the year. This act of social responsibility must be an attitude we possess daily, one of ungrudgingly helping to improve the quality of someone's life in some small way.

The spirit of giving can be demonstrated in various ways. It does not necessarily have to be in a grandiose way. There are many significant yet small ways to get involved. Below are just a few.

  • Serving food to the hungry.
  • Providing articles of clothing to those in need.
  • Lending a helping hand to the shut in or elderly.
  • Donating your time to helping the sick.
  • Donating your skills to building or repairing something for someone.
  • Collecting all the unused toys to deliver to needy children.
  • Preparing a meal for someone in need.

    By giving to others you are giving to yourself the biggest gift of all. Giving adds joy and meaning to living. The Gift of Giving

    Service to others is a gift to you and your family as well as to others. The fulfillment it will bring cannot be acquired from material things or a career. True fulfillment in life comes from being socially responsible and doing something meaningful that will benefit others. When your objectives are set to serving others and not for the sole purpose of gaining material possessions, you will be rewarded with the greatest gifts of life.

    The kind of giving I refer to is NOT

  • Giving to receive something in return.
  • The kind of giving to bring a good name.
  • The kind of giving to present a great public image.
  • The kind of giving that provides a tax break.

    Those kinds of giving are triggered by self-centeredness. I am referring to genuine generosity that is generated by goodness, unselfishness, kindness, compassion, and goodwill that brings dignity and honor to the lives of others.

    If you have been blessed with talents whatever they may be, use them to be socially responsible and spread goodness in the world by helping someone in need. Do not throw away precious moments in your life to make a significant difference in someone's life. No matter how small, the person on the receiving end will appreciate your efforts.

    Teach your children to be socially responsible by serving others. When shopping for presents buy an extra one and accompany your child to deliver it to a deserving child. It can teach lessons in thoughtfulness, kindness, caring, unselfishness. These are gifts that you cannot buy and they are great character building opportunities.

    Give yourself and your family the gifts of joyfulness, kindness, unselfishness, thoughtfulness, compassion, and feel the fulfillment it brings. Growing Through Giving

    When we are socially responsible and show genuine concern for the wellbeing of others we become more tolerant, unselfish, nonjudgmental, compassionate, kind, and understanding. These characteristics allow us to develop and grow into the kind of people that we were born to be.

    These powerful characteristics can have far-reaching consequences. With our merging world and cultural diversity characteristics such as tolerance and understanding of others we are more equipped to accept people of different cultures, ethnicities, and religions. It allows us more open-mindedness toward the opinions of others where we can learn and grow from them. These qualities can help us to achieve more successes in life.

    But not only are we personally growing, our acts of kindness allows the recipient of our kindness to grow also. Your act of kindness can create new opportunities for someone desperately in need. Your compassion can rescue the sick. Your nonjudgmental ways can help to save the drug addict. Your unselfishness can provide food, clothing or shelter to the needy. By being socially responsible, you are opening doors for the receiver, which can help to transform the lives of others.

    Open your heart today and give generously to those around you in need. Observe the transformation that takes place in your life as well as the lives of those you serve.

    Ways To Give

    According to researchers at the University of Michigan, giving support and assistance may just be what we need to add a few more years to our lives, another gift we receive from giving to others.

    There are so many ways to be socially responsible and get involved in assisting others. Each of us is blessed with a special talent. Use it to help someone. Your acts of kindness can begin in your community. If we each make an effort within our immediate world, the positive acts of kindness will radiate outwards to the world at large. Remember if you want to change the world, it begins within you.

    Shift the focus away from you and put yourself in the shoes of someone in need. Here are some ideas on how to be more socially responsible and get involved in giving.

    Children Charities Within your own communities there are children who are sick, abused, homeless, obese, or hungry. Inquire how you can educate or offer an improved quality of life to a deserving child. Being socially responsible for the children of our communities creates stronger communities for our own children to to be a part of.

    Disaster Charities We are all aware of the tragedies created by natural disasters. Hurricanes, earthquakes, Tsunamis, tornadoes, floods etc. Maybe this is where you would like to serve. Inquire and get started.

    Homeless Charities Within your own cities, there are many homeless people who need some support. Many of them may have issues that you or I cannot resolve but your assistance by providing food or clothing can make an impact on their lives. This socially responsible act can bring an awareness to them that may help to turn their lives around.

    Helping the disabled Life is difficult even for us who are not disabled. Just imagine how it is for the ones who are within your communities. Reach out to them by doing small acts of kindness to help make their lives a bit easier.

    AIDS/HIV Charities If this is an area where you would like to get involved, inquire within your communities or on the internet of how you can become involved.

    Cancer Charities Maybe you have been directly or indirectly impacted by cancer and want to give back to helping people who are battling this disease.

    Elderly Charities There are many socially responsible opportunities within our own communities to assist the elderly. Something as simple as preparing a dish or running an errand can go a long way in helping someone.

    These are just a few ways you can give of your time to be more socially responsible and serve others. Giving of money goes a long way in helping but actually getting involved in hands-on ways allow you to savor even more all the joy and blessings that will come your way as a result.

    Quotes on Giving

  • "We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." - Winston Churchill

  • "If you haven't got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble." - Bob Hope

  • "You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give." - Kahlil Gibran

  • "It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it." - Albert Einstein

  • "It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving." - Mother Teresa

  • "Think of giving not as a duty but as a privilege." - John D. Rockefeller Jr

  • "The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose." - Hada Bejar

  • "The value of a man resides in what he gives and not in what he is capable of receiving."- Albert Einstein

  • "Happiest are the people who give most happiness to others." – Dennis Diderot

  • "Love grows by giving. The love we give away is the only love we keep. The only way to retain love is to give it away." - Elbert Hubbar

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