“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi.

Remember when you were worried about your decision, needed financial advice, or needed a little help. Perhaps you had someone out there to help you, and if you didn’t, then difficulties seemed paramount and unending. ‘Giving’ or ‘Helping’ those in need is a duty, not a choice and builds a positive place to grow and thrive.

For many, charity is more than just a supportive hand, it’s a lifeline. With the support of charities, from small non-profits to large ones, working across various themes including environmental conservation, ending animal cruelty, providing education and skill development, women empowerment and more, people are able to come together to improve the quality of life for many people around the world. By simple steps such as providing access to clean drinking water, livelihood opportunities, education upliftment, shelter, food and adoption services, organisations are taking small steps towards creating a better and equitable future for all.

Whatever the cause, there are many charities worth your help. When you give, you’ll always be appreciated for the good outcomes. The recipients aren’t the only ones who benefit, the best rewards are often enjoyed by those who are giving as well. The National Institute of Health state that those who donate actually receive a jolt to the pleasure centers of their brain. In simple terms, giving makes one feel good.

Here are some ways in which Giving can have a positive impact on your personal life.

It Will Make You Happy- According to a new study conducted by a Harvard scholar, donating money makes you feel happier. Happiness also comes from connecting with your family and community, especially if you give to a cause that has affected you or your loved ones personally.

You Will Be an Inspiration to Others Your actions also serve as a positive role model for children and adolescents, helping to convey the importance of generosity and charity to others who are at a young age.

You Will Be More Responsible– When you give, you may have to make sacrifices. If you wish to donate to a cause regardless of your own financial standing, you learn how to manage your expenses, save and become responsible by taking care of yourself and others.

It Will Help You to Network- Participating in a charity can also benefit you professionally. When you partner with a nonprofit organization, you can meet like-minded people who can help you in both your personal and professional life.

NIIT Foundation is as organization working towards providing skill training and employability to underprivileged youth and communities. If you have time, a passion to work for the underprivileged and a skill to share, you can Give by Being a Volunteer with NIIT Foundation. Please write to us at volunteer@niitfoundation.org with your core skills, interests and time availability.

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