Can Your Philanthropic Ways Inspire Others To Do The Same?

Philanthropy is undoubtedly a noble act. No matter how small it is, your efforts to extend generosity to others can go a long way. So just imagine the positive impact it can create if everyone took a step towards philanthropy. A single person cannot possibly do everything all the time so charitable work is better and easier with collaborative effort.

In a way, this means that the ultimate goal of a philanthropist is to persuade others to be generous with their time and resources. However, spreading the benefits of altruism is not that easy. People can come up with all sorts of excuses to avoid supporting a cause or sharing what they can give. So what can you do to be an ambassador of kindness and altruism in your own little way? The following suggestions can help.

Tell stories.  

If you want to reach out to people, do not make your journey towards philanthropy a secret. You can start by sharing your experiences with others. Storytelling is an effective way to communicate ideas and engage your audience. By passionately explaining why altruism is a worthy activity, you have a great chance to convince others to follow your in steps. Aside from sharing your personal experiences, you can also share stories of the people you encountered while doing charity work. This is an easy way to clearly show others why they need to help and how their initiative can make a difference.

Send out invitations.

Sometimes people want to serve as volunteers or help out on a campaign but fail to do it because they simply do not know how. They may also be too shy or scared to approach anyone related to a cause they want to support. You can make this easier for them by personally inviting them and offering to accompany them to the place where you do charitable work. If your charity work involves making donations, you can teach them various ways on how they can share their monetary help. You may be surprised to know that some people only need a small nudge before they willingly start doing something for a good cause.

Offer choices.

Your invitations will be more effective if you point out specific ways about how someone can offer help. Aside from financial assistance, organizations heavily rely on volunteers to run and maintain their operations. They often need all sorts of assistance. For example,  an institution may need a teacher, nurse, artist or musician. Instead of simply stating that a particular group needs volunteers, directly state the skills or professions that are needed. Philanthropy becomes more appealing if you present it as a way to hone someone’s talents and abilities.

Give advice.

People may shun philanthropy because they associate it with difficulties. This is where excuses can come in. They may say they have no time for it or express worry that they may not enjoy it. You can ease anxiety over altruism by sharing tips and advice. One way to do this is by relaying your own struggles about philanthropy and how you overcame it. Try to be a living testimony that philanthropy should not be hard and someone may just decide to give it a shot.

Convincing others to try philanthropy may be far from easy but it is still a challenge worth taking. If your good deeds lead to inspiring others to do the same, you end up helping more people. Likewise, you are giving others a chance to experience the joy and satisfaction that come from doing philanthropic activities.

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3 Random Acts of Kindness to Show Your Gratitude This Thanksgiving

Amongst the meal preparations, the holiday celebrations, the chaos and all the excitement that comes along with Thanksgiving, it’s easy to forget the reason we celebrate the last Thursday of November every year. When you gather around the table this year, make sure you and your family don’t forget to show your gratitude and give thanks this season. Here are 3 random acts of kindness that can remind us all of the importance of showing gratitude for the blessings in our lives this year.  

Send flowers to a friend in need this year

Holidays are always a bit harder if you’ve recently lost a loved one or undergoing trying or stressful circumstances. So if you know of a friend who might not be as joyful this Thanksgiving, go out of your way to brighten up their day in any way you can. Sending flowers to someone reminds them you are thinking of them and gives them another reason to recognize the blessings in their life.

Check in with an old friend

This time of year is always the busiest between holiday preparations and celebrations. Not to mention, as years go by, life happens, people move away, and things change. But don’t let your hectic schedule become an excuse to lose touch with some of your oldest friends. Even if you haven’t talked in months, pick up the phone and give that friend a call to wish them the warmest and loveliest Thanksgiving this year. Let them know that regardless of how much time has passed, you are still thankful for your friendship and how it has allowed you to grow as a person.

Send thank you notes

With emails and text messages, snail mail has become a bit of a lost art. But bring back the old-fashioned way to show your gratitude by writing out a thoughtful thank you note to anyone in your life who you are thankful for. That’s what the holiday is for after all. Tell your friends you whatever it is you appreciate about them. It can be as simple as letting them know you are thankful they are a part of your life or as specific as thanking them for helping you get through a major period in your life. Whatever you thank them for, make sure your thank you note is genuine and sincere.

Make sure you celebrate Thanksgiving this year by practicing different random acts of kindness to show your gratitude and let others know you are thinking of them this holiday season.

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