Every individual is fortunate to receive the opportunities, fulfilling of needs, and relationships that they have in their lives. Call it good karma, hard work, or a blessing, one should always be thankful for being provided the things they have. However, it is obvious that there are those in society that are not as fortunate, or whose fortune has run out. In situations such as this, it is important to realize that every human being deserves a good life with their basic needs fulfilled. Therefore, charity, and being charitable, should be a necessary factor in each person’s lifestyle. Kindness is always a wonderful quality for any individual to possess.
One does not have to be wealthy or well-established to be charitable. The smallest thing you can do for a person in need can be charitable, and could change that person’s entire life. Charity can be incorporated into your every-day life. For instance, providing one homeless person with a single pack of food for lunch may not seem a large charitable effort. However, for that person, it could be the difference between the rare full stomach and starvation. Sometimes, charity can be just a smile, a kind word, or a helping hand. If you see a tired mother trying to balance bags of heavy groceries in one hand and keep her child safe with the other, stopping and assisting her would only take a few minutes of your time, but would mean a great deal to that person. Handing a glass of water to your gardener on a hot day takes no effort, but makes a significant difference.
It is often said that plenty can be judged about a person’s character if one observes how they treat animals. Leaving out some food and water for a stray dog in the neighborhood will personify your kindness. Choosing to adopt from a shelter as opposed to buying a puppy would also give you an opportunity to be charitable and kind to least thought of living beings in society.
The idea is that being charitable does not have to cost a great deal or be inconveniencing. However, if you do have the means and are willing to do so, one could always make bigger changes in society to help the less fortunate. Charitable organizations worldwide provide care and equipment for those that are less fortunate, such as free medical check-ups, free eyeglasses and the best hearing aids, and nutritional supplements.
Joining such an organization and volunteering time and if financially able, equipment, can be another way in which to incorporate charity into your lifestyle. Even buying one pair of glasses or one hearing aid to donate to such an organization can mean a great deal to a person’s life.
Such charitable acts will undoubtedly allow you to be a better person and provide you with a sense of accomplishment and joy.