I find the subject of altruism to be very interesting. Altruism means different things to different people/animals. Check out the dictionary definition and then psychology’s definition.
Altruism: 1) unselfish regard for or devotion to the welfare of others 2) behavior by an animal that is not beneficial to or may be harmful to itself but that benefits others of its species
Psychologists have suggested a number of different explanations for why altruism exists, including:
- Biological Reasons: Kin selection – We may be more altruistic towards those we are related to because it increases the odds that our blood relations will survive
- and transmit their genes to future generations.
- Neurological Reasons: Altruism activates reward centers in the brain. Neurobiologists have found that when engaged in an altruistic act, the pleasure centers of the brain become active.
- Cognitive Reasons: While the definition of altruism involves doing for others without reward, there may still be cognitive incentives that are not obvious. For example, we might help others to relieve out own distress or because being kind to others upholds our view of ourselves as kind, empathetic people.
I have always strived to be altruistic. I remember repeatedly committing to assist people in need, or charities, throughout my entire life. I don’t expect anything in return when I help others – it’s just the right thing to do and it feels REALLY good. I believe part of our reason for being on this planet is to help others and wholeheartedly embrace the concept that “The purpose of life is a life of service.”
I have always been a champion of the underdog, the downtrodden, the elderly, animals, etc. I am extremely thankful to my wonderful parents who were/are very strong role models in this regard.
Unfortunately, I know we live in a very cynical world. People can be reluctant to want to give their time, money or resources to any person or cause unless they know the person, or are affected personally.
Please open up your mind and your hearts and B E L I E V E that there are decent human beings who exist in this world who aren’t looking for a handout. They have found the courage to ask for help and are seeking a step up, not a hand out.
I have organized some local fundraisers in August for two VERY dear friends of mine, Sherri and Craig Battle. For more information about why I became motivated to help this couple out, please see a poignant video by Simz Productions of Craig. FYI: You might want to ensure you have some tissues handy….
Thank you to all of you who have so GENEROUSLY donated to the Battles’ cause so far. It is so heartwarming to witness altruism in others.
If you wish to attend one of the fundraisers, or contribute monetarily, please email me and I will provide you with the pertinent information.
Blessings to you and yours…..