Today is National Philanthropy Day. It’s a day to celebrate generosity and kindness, so I think this is a perfect day to ponder the beauty of giving back, to your community, to causes that are important to you and to the world in general.
There are many beautiful things about altruism. I think it demonstrates that as human beings we are capable of great depths of selflessness and care for others. It is linked to empathy and love for our fellow man. Philanthropy challenges us to honor the inherent goodness that dwells within each and every human heart.
There are very real and tangible benefits to having a philanthropic outlook on life. The effects of giving back can be felt in truly definite ways. I wanted to share 4 of the ones I value the most with you.
Builds and strengthens relationships within our community.
A community is built on relationships. When there is community involvement in the way of giving back and volunteering relationships are strengthened, trust is built, people feel safe, and goodwill is cultivated.
Fosters friendship, kindness, caring, and compassion.
The beautiful thing about these four acts is that each one encourages more of it’s kind. Friendship, kindness, caring, and compassion, each one can change a person’s day, alter the entire trajectory of a person’s life, and sometimes, even save a life.
More and more we hear about engaging in the act of daily gratitude and it’s influence on our day to day lives. Gratitude is powerful. Gratitude given for a kindness shown goes far beyond a simple ‘thank you’ or a grateful smile. Gratitude can inspire someone to make a difference in the world all because someone had the heart to help them and lend a hand when it was needed.
Plain and simple. It just feels good to give back. Seeing the good it does and the joy it brings to others is a true gift. And happiness is directly linked to longevity and physical and mental health. Isn’t that a great thing?
At Frog Hollow Neighbourhood House, volunteering and giving back is a vital cornerstone of the work done within the warmth of its doors. In a lot of ways it is the heart of our East Vancouver community. Without a place like this, one that is built on the core belief of philanthropy, there are many community programs that wouldn’t be possible. Everything from the programs for children and families, women and new immigrants, to the weekly Vegetable Rescue, Food Security, and the yearly Pumpkin Patch would not exist without philanthropy.
So enjoy National Philanthropy Day today and think about all the beautiful ways giving back makes this world a wonderful place to live. What ways do you give back? What benefits do you see from giving from the goodness of our hearts? ❤