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When The “Like”Button Isn’t Enough: 6 Reasons Why Everyone Should Volunteer For A Cause

When The “Like”Button Isn’t Enough: 6 Reasons Why Everyone Should Volunteer For A Cause

Huge advancements in medicine, technology, and etc. over the past decades have ensured that most of us in developed countries live in big cities where we don’t have to worry about keeping our bellies full, sheltering ourselves from the elements, getting medical attention, receiving education and having access to all kinds of luxuries and entertainment. However this is not the case with a large number of people across the globe, people who live in poverty and don’t have access to even the basic life necessities, let alone luxuries. The sad truth is that there are a number of problems in the world that require our full attention and devotion.

There are plenty of causes, but very few people willing to actually help out

Some of the biggest problems in undeveloped countries are the following: lack of effective education and medical facilities, lack of food and water, poaching and the destruction of habitats of many endangered species, rampant prejudice towards people of different ethnicity or sexuality, homelessness, and people struggling with addiction or emotional and psychological problems. There are an estimated 150 million homeless children roaming the streets of the world left to their own devices.

Simply clicking a like button or sharing an article does nothing to help deal with these issues – we can all be aware of these problems, but unless someone actually does something about them, these problems will continue to plague humanity. Every little bit helps, and there are several good reasons why more people should get involved.

1. Your effort will make an actual difference

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    How many of us are just toiling away at our jobs, waiting for the workday to fly past, so we can go home? How many students are just sitting around clicking away on the internet feeling bored out of their mind? There is no real purpose to it and you can’t see any serious changes being made. Even when raising awareness or collecting money for a cause by distributing simple promotional items, you can see the change on people’s faces as they ask about more information on how they can help.

    You can see just how much funds you have collected, and you know that they will go towards creating homes, distributing food and medical materials or building an animal sanctuary. When you can clearly see how your actions are making a direct impact, then you are motivated to keep pushing forward – e.g. when you go out and help nurture a baby tiger so that it can be released back into the wild or when you spend a few hours teaching poverty-stricken children English.

    2. You develop strong connections and learn to work in a team

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      There is a very warm feeling that comes over you when you see another person wearing a blood donor shirt, wearing a silicone bracelet from a fundraising event or a “bracelet of hope” where the funds collected from sales go towards fighting aids in Africa. The feeling of camaraderie you get when working with people on the project and the bonds you create with the local people – especially the children – are something that will stick with you for life.

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      You can keep in touch with your fellow volunteers, make some friends, and even meet the person you decide to share your life with. Another bonus is that you learn to work as part or even lead a team, work under stressful conditions and use outside-the-box thinking to find quick solutions to problems. When you engage in physically demanding activities like building, planting gardens and child care, you learn about good work ethics and can even improve your fitness.

      3. You will develop a new understanding and appreciation of nature and different cultures

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        We tend to become very short-sighted and even narrow-minded if we never leave our little city or our home country. Most people have never seen any animals – except dogs, cats and rats – in their natural environment or have never spent a day in the wild. There is just so much to learn about different cultures and about nature in general. Being so close to these creatures and so far from the luxuries of the modern world helps you gain a new perspective on life and opens your eyes to some of the real problems that are facing our planet.Some 85% of land in Europe has been modified, destroying natural habitats, and rainforest ecosystems have lost well over 90% of their former area due to human deforestation efforts.

        Interacting with people from all across the globe and from very different socioeconomic backgrounds also helps develop compassion and tolerance, which are essential steps towards building a true global society. You can collect a wealth of knowledge and experience nature first-hand by volunteering in an animal sanctuary and working with people in national parks to help preserve wildlife.

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        4. The experience won’t just make you “feel good”, it will make you grow

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          While some people will tell you about how great it feels to help others and how much it can do for your own mental and emotional well-being, the truth is that the experience of volunteering for a good cause changes you deep down inside. It’s not about feeling good about yourself and earning bragging rights – it’s about learning about the harsh realities of the world, but at the same time seeing the kindness inherent in humans that manages to thrive in even the worst imaginable circumstances and suffering.

          You will mature emotionally and become wiser as the rose-tinted glasses fall from your eyes. Working with impoverished street children who are often forgotten by the government, and helping them grow into healthy and productive members of society will also help you grow into a better person.

          5. You will learn a lot of new and interesting things

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            Aside from getting some valuable teamwork skills, you will be able to learn a whole host of new skills you didn’t even think of. It’s not unusual for volunteers to learn how to prepare ethnic meals, learn how to dance or become quite handy with household DIY projects. Of course, some of the best ways to combine something that is good with something that is useful is to hone your skills by doing your internship in a third world country. Around 22,000 children die every day because they lack basic living necessities, and there are an estimated 2.2 million annual deaths due to lack of immunization. People with a medical and healthcare background are always needed and welcome in various communities and it’s a good way to get tons of hands-on experience and learn to work in adverse conditions with limited resources.

            6. It will look great on your CV and improve your people skills

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              After all is said and done, there is also a very practical reason why you should volunteer for a cause – it is an excellent thing to have on your CV. To company execs this says that you are a good and trustworthy person who has a strong work ethics and can work in tough conditions. The experience will also teach you important people skills, teamwork and creative problem solving which can all translate well into any other area of your professional and personal life. In other words, spending some time building homes for the poor will help you develop several very practical skills that will come in handy even in a modern business environment.

              As you can see, volunteering is not only an effort that benefits a noble cause – it also benefits the person doing the volunteering in a lot of ways. Once you have roamed with the wild predators, built homes with your own two hands, helped underprivileged children learn something and connected with other kind and generous people from around the globe, very few things will be able to extinguish your faith in humanity.

              Featured photo credit: isafmedia via flickr.com

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              Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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              13 Ways Happy People Think and Feel Differently

              13 Ways Happy People Think and Feel Differently

              Let me begin by being 100% frank with you – everyone is capable of happiness.

              Happiness is first a choice but it also takes persistence to maintain. Happiness is our birth right and my mission is to help as many people as I can live their happiest life.

              My mission is to spread the message that everyone deserves happiness.

              To live a happy life; however, you must do the work, gain the necessary knowledge, and increase your awareness.

              You must fully embody this state and begin to think and feel happiness on every level of your being.

              Often times, excuses present themselves and our mind gives us the reasons why we can’t be happy:

              “I am too busy right now to focus on happiness”

              “I will be happy when I finish school, when I have the money, when I am in the right relationship, when I have kids, when my children are older….”

              “I would have had a happy life if this traumatic event had never happened”

              “I don’t deserve happiness”

              EVERYONE deserves happiness. The reason that you are here right now is because you have a purpose and you are on the earth to enjoy your journey.

              Think BIGGER than your excuses. Push FARTHER than your complaints.

              Don’t be pulled away from greatness. Get uncomfortable. At least these are what happy and successful people do on a daily basis.

              This article highlights the top 13 tips and tricks of how happy people think and feel.

              If you would like to begin embodying this life-changing state, then… Here are the 13 ways Happy People Think and Feel Differently:

              1. Happy People Put Happiness First

              Happy people have made the decision that their end goal is happiness.

              Every situation, event, bad day ultimately ends with happiness.

              To them, happiness is equivalent to sleep and water – it is a necessity to their life. To live an unhappy life is to have never lived at all.

              The happy person asks,

              “What would be the point of living if every day and moment were filled with negativity?”

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              “Why would I deplete my energy on negativity when I expend less to be positive?”

              They make happy-based decisions which means in EVERY MOMENT they choose happiness.

              If their circumstances can’t change then they instead change their perspective, they look for the silver lining in the negative.

              Happy people don’t let negativity steal their moments away – a positive mindset always prevails.

              If you ask a happy person how their day was, they will always answer your question with a highlight or a lesson learned.

              2. Happy People Embrace Pain

              I know what you are thinking –

              “No one is ALWAYS happy”

              or …

              “Even happy people get in bad moods”

              and …

              These statements are absolutely accurate.

              Happy people aren’t always happy and they DO get into bad moods. They get overwhelmed, they feel defeated, and their feelings get hurt.

              Happy people aren’t invincible and they feel pain just like everyone else. The only difference between happy people and people who let negativity run their lives is that…

              Happy people quickly acknowledge their pain and they make a decision to find a way to transform their pain into something greater. They also use these 13 simple ways to shake off the sadness.

              Happy people admit the negativity they feel and they do what it takes to get back into their natural state: happiness.

              When your end goal is happiness, then you will find a way to achieve it no matter how much strength you have to muster.

              3. Happy People Have a Happy Self-Image

              We all have an image in our minds that we subconsciously live up to.

              The reason that change is so hard is because our subconscious mind is programmed to live by how we define ourselves.

              How are you currently defining yourself?

              For happy people, they see themselves with a smile, positive outlook, and/or a bounce in their step. When an event or situation arises that brings in a negative emotion, they quickly change their state to resemble their natural self-image.

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              When happy people are in a bad mood, it feels unusual to them because feeling negative isn’t aligned with how they see themselves.

              When they feel upset, they acknowledge the negativity and look for a solution to bring their emotions to the level of how they perceive themselves.

              Look at how you define yourself today – your mind and body are always trying to live up to the definition it is taught to believe.

              Your body’s job is to keep you in a “normal” state because this is where it feels most comfortable.

              If your self-image is happy, then your mind and body will naturally be brought back to where it feels at home. Your actions will be a clue to how you define yourself.

              4. Happy People Have a Strong Support System

              The happiest people know that it takes a village and they lean on others for support.

              Happy people feel comfortable reaching out for help when they feel that their resistances are overpowering them. They quickly sense their negativity and they tell somebody.

              Happy people ask for assistance when they can’t figure out a problem. Seeking help takes strength and it never gets in the way of their self-worth. Happy people appreciate the wisdom that their support system provides.

              They have strong connections with the people who are close to them. They never trudge through tough times alone because jeopardizing their happiness for too long would be detrimental to their well-being.

              5. Happy People Safeguard Their Minds from Negative Triggers

              Warding off negativity is almost impossible when we live in a society that lives by what went wrong and feeds off of what could go wrong. News travels instantaneously so it would be unrealistic to shut this out of your life completely.

              However, one strategy that happy people use to safeguard their minds is regulating their environment.

              We have a lot of control on how we allow our environments to affect us. We can control our social media feed, the television shows and movies we watch, the books that we read, the people that we spend our time with, and the places that we hang out.

              If happiness is your end goal, then take a good look at what is bringing you down. What triggers your unhappiness? See if there is anything in your environment that can be changed……

              What we listen to, read, and who we hang out with influence our mind, what we think about, what we worry about, our reactions, and behaviors.

              Happy people know what triggers a feeling of negativity and it feels out of alignment for them so they do what it takes to avoid it.

              They might regulate their social media news feed to reflect the information that brings them positive energy. They might regulate the people that they spend their time with. It is important to hang out with like-minded people.

              What are you triggers? How can you avoid the negativity in your environment?

              These are ways that happy people regulate their environment and safeguard their minds.

              6. Happy People Know When to Say “No”

              Happy people know when to sit one out and say “no.” They do this to protect their happiness and well-being.

              Life gets overwhelming – a lot of people need our attention and the to do list can seem never ending.

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              Happy people give themselves permission to take the day off and they feel comfortable with saying “no” when their stress levels begin to climb. They understand that those around them aren’t benefiting from someone who is frazzled, overwhelmed, and tired.

              A happy person identifies their negative emotion and then they quickly treat it to bring themselves back to their “normal” state, so that they can be at their best for not only themselves but for those around them, too.

              A simple “no” can ultimately mean many more “yes’s” in the future because happiness has a long battery life. You can take a look at Leo Babauta’s article The Gentle Art of Saying No and learn to say no.

              7. Happy People Are Good Evaluators

              Happy people can quickly sense when something is off with themselves or others. They are very intuitive to happiness levels. When someone isn’t quite right, they are the first ones to notice.

              Being able to evaluate happiness means that you can identify when negativity is lingering around for too long.

              We all have bad days; however, the happy person evaluates often and quickly intervenes.

              In other words, happy people frequently evaluate their state and immediately change when their pessimism is overshadowing their joy.

              8. Happy People Bring Other People Up

              What goes on inside of us is mirrored into our physical world.

              What we think about literally consumes our life and is displayed in our work, relationships, and attitude.

              Happy people naturally feel good inside and about themselves so they treat others the way that they treat themselves. It never feels forced to give a compliment or to help out a stranger.

              When we are truly happy with ourselves, everyone around us has a better experience. Happy people are kind to themselves and because of this, it feels natural to them to want to make others’ happy, too.

              9. Happy People Go After Their Dreams

              Happy people are always following the joyful path. They make happy-based decisions and because of this, they always end up where they want to be.

              It’s absolutely impossible to be happy by following an undesirable path, which is quite opposite for unhappy people.

              Most people journey through life on a path they think they are “supposed” to be own. Warning signs (negativity) are often ignored because they truly believe that these feelings are a normal part of life.

              Negativity is NOT normal.

              The happiest people investigate the negativity in their life and quickly analyze the results. This process allows them to get back on the joyful path which ends in a desirable outcome.

              Follow your happiness and your dreams will come true (If that isn’t motivation then I don’t know what is!)

              In addition to happiness, here are 14 amazing things that happen when you live your passion.

              10. Happy People Never Sweat the Small Stuff

              The only expectation that the happy person has is that they remain in a joyful state.

              They rarely have expectations for the events and people in their lives because they know that this is a sure way to get let down.

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              The happiest people take life as it comes – you could say that they roll with the punches. When you don’t have expectations, thenyoue can just sit back and watch how beautifully life unfolds.

              Happy people understand that bad things are inevitable, they are a part of life – The car will break, the kids will make mistakes, people will be late, and dinner will burn.

              If it’s not anything seriously affecting their lives, then they don’t give their energy to it.

              11. Happy People Rarely Have to Prove That They Are Right

              Happy people remember that it’s more important to live up to what they believe. When you live your life aligned with your belief system, then there is no need to explain or prove yourself to others.

              Differences in opinions are inevitable, but the happiest of people know it’s wasted energy to defend their position.

              It is more effective to simply show people, through actions, how you think, feel, and what you believe.

              Energy is saved, arguments are diminished, and credibility/respect are gained when we live by what we believe.

              12. Happy People Smile (Even When They Don’t Want To)

              Smiling is one of the healthiest things we can do; and happy people use this simple trick quite often.

              It has been proven that smiling has the ability to boost your immune system, decrease stress levels, and can even make you look younger. The benefits of smiling have even been backed up by science.[1]

              Better yet, smiling is contagious. When you engage in a quick smile, you are likely to brighten someone else’s day along with your own. It is no wonder why happy people smile often!

              13. Happy People Live Life in the Present Moment.

              When we are genuinely happy, we are living for the moment.

              Happy people let go of the past, enjoy the present, and look forward to the future. They take the moments for what they are worth – they only invest their energy in what feels right to them.

              Everyone is capable of living a happy-centered life. You deserve a life that you desire – your dream life. All you have to start doing is make happy-based decisions TODAY.

              In every moment, decide on what makes you happy – decide on what gets you excited. Stop doing what you don’t love, don’t listen to the people that you dislike.

              If you are engaging in something that isn’t bringing you joy, then quit doing it. Listen to your heart, stop ignoring the warning signs (negativity) because they are there for a reason.

              I have observed, studied, and interviewed some of the happiest and most successful people along with some of the most miserable and self-loathing.

              It starts with one decision – happiness.

              The happiest, most successful people choose happiness with EACH and EVERY decision. And you can start doing this today.

              Featured photo credit: Autumn Goodman via unsplash.com

              Reference

              [1] Harvard Business Review: The Science Behind the Smile

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