We live in a society that is constantly pushing for “more.”
More capital, more success, and more material possessions. But the problem with this ideology and culture of consumption is that it leaves us stressed and hassled while being stuck in a rat race.
So we are left with no time to enjoy our life and with a bunch of things weighing on our minds.
That’s why instead of living in the culture of consumption around us, it’s important that we practice the art of philanthropy. That means giving back to society (and not just financially) so that social problems can be minimized and the well-being of society can be increased.
Most of us have grown up competing and trying to get ahead of one another so we could be the best and come out on top.
But somewhere along the line, we may find that something is missing. We miss the beautiful traits of gratitude, contentment, and higher significance that come from the act of giving back to society!
But why give back to society? Here are five reasons to give back:
1. It helps the community
If you volunteer at a food bank, for example, there will be more food available for those who need them in your local area. This can give you a sense of purpose, and thanks to your generous time and effort, you will bring a smile to someone else’s life.
2. It relieves stress
You will feel happy and fulfilled knowing that your efforts brought upon at least one positive change. And happiness is always the best remedy against stress!
3. You will gain new skills
By gaining new skills, not only will you improve your CV but you will also make networking easier by meeting lots of different kinds of people.
4. You will make friends
By continuously giving back, you will get to meet many new people who share your mindset. And having a group of friends with the same open-minded perspective and giving nature will help you grow more like a kind and empathetic person.
5. It can lead to new employment
Volunteering on some projects may even lead directly into employment with an organization. That’s because many business owners may look favorably at candidates who demonstrate social responsibility by helping out charities.
1. Donate your time
If you want to make a difference in the lives of many but don’t have much money to donate, consider donating your time. Your experience and skills can always help those who are less fortunate than yourself.
2. Volunteer at Red Cross
Volunteering at the Red Cross may offer many opportunities to help senior citizens, for example. You can help by aiding seniors with daily tasks, such as cooking meals or helping out around their homes. By doing so, you will prevent their feelings of depression and loneliness.
3. Do a random act of compassion
If you want to strengthen your neighborhood as a whole, why not lend a helping hand? Your simple gestures of kindness will set a positive example and long-lasting impression from lending out groceries and moving furniture.
“Be the change you wish to see in this world” – Mahatma Gandhi
4. Plant a tree
Trees are essential for not only the environment but for us as well. Not only do they produce oxygen, release and absorb water, but they also absorb carbon dioxide. Most importantly, they reduce toxicity in our air by filtering out harmful pollutants that we emit every day.
With each tree planted daily, there’s less pollution in addition to more wildlife thriving in nature.
5. Participate in social events
Joining an event that shares your passion can provide you with a sense of belonging.
That’s where the Social Friday event comes in.
There are plenty of opportunities to put your Friday afternoons to good use. And if you spend them volunteering in the community and at local causes, you gain valuable experience for your professional development and life in general.
Our team at Breon will join this global movement for reinventing Fridays, where many companies, NGOs, and students worldwide on 26th November will strive to make better use of the lost Friday’s hours.
Every organization in this event can choose its own local cause to support, including us in BREON.
By creating social good and helping out people who need it most, we want to bring many positive changes locally everywhere across the country.
And we want you to be a part of this movement.
Black Friday is also known as the holiday of consumerism!
So for that reason, the Social Friday event wants to provide a different perspective on this day.
Instead of just watching Netflix or looking for “what’s on sale,” you can use the day to help local communities by giving back.
By joining Breon and many other Social Friday participants at this event, you’ll have a chance to learn and try something new while making a difference in our community.
So keep Friday, November 26, free. We promise that it will be a very different Friday than you are used to!