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Posted: 13 Feb, 2020 Contributor: Shraddha Thakur

The Importance of Giving Back to Society: How it Helps Our Well-Being

“Charity brings to life again those who are spiritually dead.”
-Thomas Aquinas

From time to time, everyone can have a bad day. To combat this you’ll need a 'Feel-Good Factor' to help pump-up your mood quickly. Think about something that can make you, as well as others. feel better. Charity, or giving back to society can be such a thing. It will benefit those that need help as well as make you feel good about doing something to make the world a better place.

A large part of the Indian population could be said to be needy and there are a lot of people out there who have the ability to help them. Human behaviour can be driven by spiritualism and goodwill so whenever you perform a selfless act for someone else, you yourself will end up feeling good as well. Thus the importance of charity in our lives, especially in the socio-economic and cultural aspects, cannot be ignored.

Indian culture has promoted acts of kindness and goodwill for decades. 'Daan' or charity is known as one of the holiest forms of actions and our festivals and religious occasions always promote the concept of giving and sharing.

Explaining Charity

Charity or generosity can be defined as an action made to raise money for those in need. Although, it can also be something as simple as an act of kindness and goodwill from one individual to another. If it benefits someone in need, then it is charity and helping those in need can be good for both sides as we discussed above. There are a lot of NGOs, self-help groups and organizations that are involved in such activities. One can easily connect with them and what they are doing or, if you prefer, just simply start doing something to help others by yourself. You never know, in time it might grow to be something that can help people all around the world.

The Benefits of Charity

Generosity never fails. It always comes back to you. Donations or charity is not always about taking selfies and posting on social media for a few likes. It is about giving people the help and support they deserve without expecting anything in return apart from good feelings. Although there are a lot of benefits to donating and charity work, here are a few of the main ones:

1. Charity Makes You Feel Good

First and foremost. Being charitable will make you feel good. Do you remember that feeling you had after you helped a friend in need? When you help someone, it automatically gives you a feeling of satisfaction and your body starts pumping out positive endorphins. The glee of charity, goodwill or donation is even above the feeling of helping a friend. Helping someone in need has benefits that are twofold: it will support the person in need and will make you feel good as well.

2. Spreading the Generous Feeling

Children are the raw minds and souls which can be molded from an early age. If you teach them about the value of acts of kindness, they will grow up to be humans full of generosity, kindness and love. Always try to teach your kids about sharing and helping others. Involve yourself with an NGO or group and take your little ones along to involve them in charitable acts early.

You can also create a donation box at home and encourage children to put money from their pocket money into it that can be used to help those who need it most. Small changes at home can help a lot.

3. Charity Helps Beat Stress

Studies have shown that about 85% of the Indian population suffers from stress. Now that sort of fact can make anyone feel uncomfortable. But what if we tell you that donations or other acts of kindness could help reduce mental stress and will make you feel more content and happy. Money won’t buy you happiness but humble acts done with humility can help you find a purpose in life and improve your mental health at the same time.

4. Charity Improves Relationships

All religions and communities promote social works, and people who follow a faith eventually get involved in charitable works. Giving back to society with the accumulative effort of multiple people can create better social relations. You feel connected to the community when united by a purpose and these communal bonds can strengthen exponentially.

5. Charity Spreads Positivity

Acts of kindness and generosity allow you to feel positive about your life. You help someone else and realize the fact that you are making a difference in someone else's life for the better. So, donate more, and you’ll start feeling the positive effects before you know it.

Random Acts of Kindness

Kindness is a thing that doesn’t need to be planned to help. It costs nothing and pays a lot. You can be generous and help in your daily life without having to make big changes. Even the smallest actions can make a lot of difference so here is a brief list of random acts of kindness that you can follow:

  1. Greet people with a smile in the morning, you might just make their day.
  2. Talk to the people you see selling goods on the road. Ask them about their family and life. You might end up knowing a new side of the world.
  3. Offer water to the food delivery men during hot days. Their thanks alone will make it worthwhile.
  4. Call your old friends, meet up and rekindle your memories.
  5. Say thank you to anyone who assists you (waiters in a restaurant, janitors in your office etc.)

Conclusion

“Be kind whenever possible, it is always possible.”

As we discussed, kindness doesn’t cost anything and pays back a lot. So always be kind, be generous and spread positivity wherever you can. Your acts can be as little as a passing smile to anyone you meet and the largest can be as big as you can dream. Donate funds in money, kind acts or just volunteer at a place that helps people you care about. Together we can make the world, a better place to live. OMKITCHEN represents itself as a social kitchen, following the kind path of giving back to society, we try to do our part by offering the service of free food from OMKITCHEN. Being organic, our food is the best for cancer patients and even the needy. If you know anywhere that can use our services in Delhi NCR, we will be more than happy to connect. Contact us, and we will donate in your name. Let's all do our bit to be a little more charitable!

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