Altruism by Catherine Dodart

Altruism: is being selfless by helping or providing aid to others while expecting to get nothing in return.

When I think of altruism one of the first things that comes to mind is service. As a little girl growing up in my family providing service for others was always something my parents hit hard on. My mom, being a big scouter, taught us the value of “doing a good turn daily.” As a family we set a goal to do at least one good turn a day and come the next monday for FHE we would all report what our good deed was or if there were multiple we would pick a couple and explain how they made us feel or what we learned. At the beginning this kind of just seemed like a competition I had with my siblings to see who could provide the most service, but as I got older I eventually began to understand the value of what my parents were trying to teach us. It is so easy to do at least one good thing for someone else everyday and being able to recognize others needs was extremely insightful in many ways.

Another example I thought of were those who begin non-profit organizations. These are people who found a social need and created a solution to someones problem. They give up time, money, and effort doing something that benefits others as opposed to working on something that is beneficial to them. I have always been impressed with peoples ideas on how to help others and hope that someday I will be able to start my own.

In conclusion, being someone who is altruistic is becoming selfless and looking to serve those who may be in need of help.

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