1. charitable, generous, philanthropic; benevolent, unselfish.
1. self-centered, selfish, mean.
I really enjoyed this article I found via google. http://www.sciencedaily.com/articles/a/altruism.htm
They give a good basis on what being altruistic looks like.
Being altruistic is not an easy feat for anyone, regardless of feeling altruistic. For me, feeling altruistic usually happens when I see a deep need in someone else, especially following a traumatic event. Which is probably why I am drawn to disaster relief work and would like to specialize my counseling practices to trauma and eating disorders.
But I think even in those moments we still reap a reward. I don’t mean a monetary award or even social recognition. We reap an emotion that can’t be gained in another way. I talking about that humbled joy that comes when you get to bless someone in need. And not because you feel a duty or obligation to bless someone!
***Being altruistic does NOT equate to helping out of loyalty or duty. It is not something to check off a to do list!!!!!!
Like I stated previously, many times I act on feeling altruistic is during disaster or trauma. But this is really kind of shallow on my part. There are a lot of ways, within our communities, on a day to day basis, that we can be altruistic.
Here is one example: I keep a pack of bottled water in my car because there is almost always a homeless man or women sitting at the exit by my job who could use a bottle of water. I have grown to become friends with one man, and he blesses my heart every time I see him. On days when I run out of water and haven’t made it to the store, it breaks my heart to not be able to give to him. Sometimes, I think the ones who live on the streets have it all figured out- its about relationship, not our stuff.
In what ways, even something as simple as keeping extra water in your car, can you or do you express your altruistic feelings within your community?