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Why Being Selfless is Fabulous…

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Earlier this week, I read an article about a young bride who was left at the alter by her groom. As devastated as I’m sure she probably was, she made the best of the situation (as much as she could). Instead of letting a $35,000 wedding reception go to waste, she invited the city of Sacramento’s homeless families and individuals to come and enjoy the dining experience. I was left wondering how many others would have done the same if they were in a similar predicament. Nowadays, it seems people are more concerned with receiving and not giving. We live in a time where we are so self-absorbed we often lose sight of the importance of building a strong sense of community and helping others.
There are so many people experiencing tremendous misfortunes. I think as a society, sometimes we are just so caught up in our own problems that we disregard the idea of offering a helping hand to another in need. We often look at others in trying situations, shake our heads, wish them the best and keep it moving. But what if the roles were reversed. Wouldn’t you want someone to step in and intervene? Not out of obligation, but simply out of the kindness of their hearts?

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“Do good and good will come to you,” is a saying that has resonated quite deeply with me for as long as I can remember. As a child, I was always eager to help others and offer my services because I knew that I would be rewarded. However, as I have matured, helping others for the sake of just doing so gives me a greater sense of accomplishment and fulfillment. No money, no reward, just being able to make a difference in someone else’s life is enough.

When you look at those who are highly successful (I’m thinking Oprah and Angelina Jolie), they often pride themselves on helping others. Often, people hear of “helping others” and think of money. But this is a big misconception. There are so many other forms of giving that can go a long way. Whether it is supplying goods (supplies, clothing, books), providing a service (a haircut, cooking a meal etc), or just having a conversation can make all the difference. Sometimes a little goes a long way.

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So do me a favor, the next time you come across someone that is in need and you try to find a reason to not help, remember these few things:

1. Helping others makes you happier and healthier (see source below)!
2. Helping others can actually help you overcome/forget your own stresses or misfortunes!
3. Helping others gives you an opportunity to make new connections and friends!
4. Helping others is the right thing to do!
5. Helping others just feels good!

Monique Elise
Instagram: @Mobunni
Facebook: Monique Elise

Sources:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/28/health-benefits-of-volunteering-helping-others_n_909713.html
http://xonecole.com/a-bride-treats-homeless-to-a-35k-reception-after-being-left-at-the-altar/

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