Many of us know the name of Mother Theresa. Born in 1910 she began her mission work at the age of 18, in Ireland. She later moved to India and became a citizen in that nation in 1948. She continued her world-famous charitable work there, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979, and continued her work until her death on September 5, 1997.
In memory of her charitable work, September 5th has been recognized as International Charity Day, a day in which individuals are encouraged to commemorate her great work with their own civil service efforts. You can learn more about International Charity Day and Mother Theresa by clicking here.
While nonprofits always appreciate charitable acts, this month we’d like to share with you some information about how charitable acts benefit the giver as well as the recipient.
Living Well, and Australian organization whose efforts are focused on supporting men who have been victims of sexual abuse or assault, presented some excellent information regarding the impact giving to others has on an individual. You can read that full article here.
Living Well reminds us that when we give to others our perspective about ourselves changes and the world around us, can stimulate reward centers in the brain, and can help us build healthy and constructive relationships.
While Los Alamos Family Council would be thrilled to be the charity you support this year, there are more ways than giving to charity that you can give to others. They include:
- Checking in on a friend or family member who you know may need support
- Random Acts of Kindness, like holding the door for someone else
- Offer to help someone with a project they’re working on
- Volunteer your time with a group whose mission is important to you
Being charitable can be much more than giving monetary donations. Don’t let this International Day of Charity go by without reaping the benefits of helping someone else.