It’s the season of giving and there’s no better time to give back to the society! If you are cracking your heads over where you should volunteer or donate your money to, fret not! There are a multitude of ways you can give back to the society. And the best part? You don’t have to do big things to create a positive impact! Furthermore, studies have shown that we benefit from it too! It makes us feel happier, evokes gratitude and is good for our physical and mental well-being. Break away from the usual volunteering at the old folks’ home or donating your money and try these instead!
Be A Mentor
If you are looking to strengthen your industrial knowledge and soft skills while guiding the newcomers, this is perfect for you! I’m sure we’re all afraid of being ‘overtaken’ by young and zealous colleagues. But becoming a mentor is a win-win situation! It forces you to go back to the basics and remain up to date on the latest industry trends. This can give us fresh perspectives and even transform our ways of working. Create a cycle of knowledge sharing and enable yourself and your industry (or organisation) to grow to greater heights!
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Unused or unopened gifts lying around the house? Feeling the pinch from all the Christmas shopping? Save your wallet and reduce wastage by regifting these gifts! One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Perhaps your unused gifts are useful for someone else. Reuse and recycle wrapping paper from the previous years or choose to go wrapper free. After all, it’s the thought that counts, not how expensive or beautifully wrapped the gift is.
With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, small local businesses need your support more than ever! No doubt, local goods tend to be on the pricier side. But they make up for it by injecting a local twist to the products they are selling. Think board games and fusion snacks with a local flavour! Supporting local also encourages budding entrepreneurs to innovate and help them remain resilient against external risks and market competition.
Too busy to volunteer your time? Squirreling your money to pay for next month’s bills and expenses? Why not donate some blood to give back to the community? Did you know, a bag of blood can save 3 lives? In Singapore, about 15 units of blood are used every hour. The blood can be used for emergency accident cases and also sustain the lives of those with blood disorders like leukemia. Not all superheroes have to wear capes!
Do A Good Deed
Giving back does not need a time or a place. Sometimes, it can even be something simple as helping your neighbours in need. As cliche as it sounds, it can also be helping an old lady to cross the road. Just like how energy cannot be destroyed, it’s the same for your act of kindness. Your good deeds can create a culture of care within your neighbourhood as they pass it on!
Every act of kindness no matter how big or small is not wasted. What matters the most is your intention and your heart to give. What does it mean for you to give back to the society? Go do it!