The Power of Doing Good.

 

 

Doing Good for others is really much more powerful than we may have originally thought.

 

Sure we know that doing things for others generally makes us feel better about ourselves, it turns out there is much greater value held in the act of giving instead of receiving.

In a world where community facing social causes for Millennias is more important than ever, and at a time when most under 30s report feeling less connected to people than ever before, despite being the most “connected” generation online, they continue to look for opportunities to make the world a better place While on the surface it might seem like a “nice” thing to do, in reality it’s one of the most critical things we can help our children get involved with, and here’s why.

For many of us growing up with community involvement and volunteering was baked into our social structure.  If you belonged to cubs you experienced it, or if you belonged to a church or community group, it was just part of the gig.  But there’s been an evolution recently and with those changes in social structure, family make up and our constant busy schedules, volunteering or community facing opportunities have taken a back seat to sports practices and other commitments.

You might not think it’s a big deal, but as recent studies on mental health and new trends in education continue to evolve, it’s becoming clear that the benefits of being involved in community service is more than just a nicety and really a key ingredient to cultivating long term authentic success in our children.

In a recent article from Tim Elmore and study from the university of Illinois,  showed the incidents of depression decreased long term as giving back to a larger “community” over individual gains increased.

This feeling of making a difference and being part of something bigger, which is at the core of what we all want more of, turns out to be a main element in helping young people thrive long term.  In an article from Fast company on how much Millennias want to be part of organizations that involve employees in social causes, we see the importance the under 30 age group puts on this aspect as a critical component that they want woven into their work/life balance.

We know that youth who take part in community facing events build richer soft skills and a deeper sense of self, which in turn impacts their confidence and work/ life paths.

For Millennias being recognized interacting in a social space is important whether it’s virtual or live action, they are used to playing on a wider stage and this is just one more part of that total picture for them.

Our job as parents is to help them search out and create opportunities for giving back, which in turn builds all of those amazing skills that allow them to become great leaders

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