Selfless Acts-Do Something Nice to Restore Faith in Humanity
Being selfless. The ability to do something without the expectation of getting anything in return. What a wonderful thing! Imagine giving because you truly want to and with no strings attached.
As we go about our day, it’s easy to become consumed by our own reality walking around with blinders on completely unaware of what’s going on around us. It’s a little frightening to take stock of how modern conveniences have already put us out of touch with other real living, breathing, human beings. ATM’s, self checkouts, vending machines, and computers (email, instant messaging etc…). There is a tendency to become a little self absorbed and selfish. Don’t get me wrong I welcome change and advancement I just think we’re losing touch with each other.
I went on a quest to reclaim a bit of the selflessness that I know is in all of us and that we are all capable of. Here are a few ideas of selfless acts that you can try. I have to admit that they are not entirely selfless. You do actually get something out of this…a great feeling that you’ve actually helped someone or contributed to their life in some meaningful way.
- Cook a meal. I do this occasionally for my family (mom, dad and sisters) if they are coming home from holidays or a weekend away. I do it so they don’t have to. Trick is to not expect a dinner waiting for you when you return from holidays and to truly be ok with it.
- Pay it forward. Occasionally I will pay for the car behind me in line at the drive thru. Obviously I’m not going to break the bank, but a cup of coffee or two isn’t going to break me and it just might make their day.
- Donate. In the spirit of uncluttering and organizing donate items that are still in good shape and that could be useful to someone else. We routinely fill boxes with items from around the house that we no longer need and drop them at the nearest thrift store or Salvation Army Depot. It makes it easier to get rid of items if you know they will go to another good home and not just in a landfill somewhere.
- Volunteer. This is a biggie. Volunteer your time, services or expertise to an organization that really needs your help. My husband is a computer programmer and volunteers his time and expertise to a non-profit organization by creating and maintaining their website. I really enjoy photography and well…practice makes perfect so I volunteered at a non-profit organization to take pictures at their various events. This freed up the organizers to focus on the event and they knew that everything was still be captured.
- Do something nice. It’s usually the little things that have the biggest impact. This may sound a bit odd but each and every morning in the winter I start the car for my husband. We live on the Canadian Prairies and it’s COLD! So getting into a warm car when it’s –45C is a lovely thing!
- Be courteous. Our society seems to be forgetting a bit of common courtesy or consideration for others. A real simple act of courtesy is to just hold the door for someone. Whether they are struggling with shopping bags, lugging strollers and children or just exiting the store behind you, simply hold the door and let them through. It doesn’t hurt to smile as you do!
- Listen. Lending an ear to someone who just needs to talk is one of the best things you can do. You don’t always have to try and solve the problem (if there is one), just listen. Sometimes just talking about things without being judged can make a world of difference to someone’s day.
I hope this doesn’t come across as me bragging about how wonderful I am that is not my intent. I lose sight of these things now and again as I get caught up in the day to day but it’s a good reminder that it’s the little, simple and inexpensive things that sometimes leave the biggest impact.
Let me know what you think. Do you try to act selflessly on a regular basis? What selfless acts have you done to help a fellow human?
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