‘If you want others in your community to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion”.- The Dalai Lama.
There are many ways in which we can help people in our community. Unfortunately, most of us have stopped communicating with fellow humans. We do not walk on streets anymore as we prefer using cars instead. This has cut us off from our neighbors in many ways. Similarly, we use Facebook and Twitter to say Hello. But, if these were to be disconnected for even a single day, we would actually end up making new friends. So, let us all pledge to strike out greed, avoid over-use of technology and reduce our selfishness by going out there to help our communities.
Here are some things you can do today to make the world a better place:
Simply smile more
Just by smiling, we can show our kindness, compassion and sensitivity towards other people’s problems. A smile can make a troubled person’s day a bit better. It might even encourage someone to do the same thing for others.
Donate through charitable organizations
We are not asking you to spend the entire day at the soup kitchen- simply call your community’s charitable organizations and make an appointment. Ask them how you can give your time to the community, where it is needed the most.
Start a charity drive
You could start a drive in your locality of collecting things/clothes which people do not need any longer and donate them to the needy. After all; one man’s trash is always another man’s treasure.
Support local organizations
Resolve to buy local produce and support the farmers and handicraft industries. For example, you could visit websites like http://www.weavingworld.ca/the-10-most-impressive-hand-woven-clothing-items-of-2014/ where one can buy handmade clothing as gift items as these have lesser environmental impact and also help various weaver organizations and small scale industries.
Give meaningful gifts
This can be done during weddings and birthdays. Instead of getting people to gift you things, redirect them to donate the amount to your favorite charities.
Stop and help wherever and whenever possible
The next time you see someone on the streets asking for help, instead of turning a blind eye towards them, do stop to help out.
Comfort a colleague
If tears are embarrassing to you, make sure you change this attitude. If someone wants to confide in you, listen. If someone wants to cry, lend a shoulder.
Advise where needed
Sometimes, people only need a nudge in the right direction. Always be willing to give this, if your heart and instincts says so. Helping a person take action can turn that person’s life around. This will, in turn, help them to heal their lives and maybe they will even return the same favor to you or to someone else someday.
Give food to a person in need
Often, beggars use money to buy drugs or other illegal substances. Instead, purchase a meal for these people to put the money to good use.
Drive an elderly patient to the hospital
Elders in the community living alone need tremendous help in the form of a car ride to the hospital or even in grocery shopping, cooking etc. Find out if there are such people around you and help them in any possible way you can.
Finally, just be there by lending a listening ear or a helping hand. These things can go a long way than monetary help alone. You can even tutor a child or offer to babysit for a mother who needs to run errands. These are some ways in which you can help your community tremendously.