Giving Back: How You Can Learn To Really Help People

If we're completely honest, the vast majority of people are kind of selfish. Now that's not the same thing as saying that someone is a bad person or that someone doesn't care about anyone else. But it does mean that most of us spend our time in our own little bubble, mostly only concerned with the things that affect us directly. This is important, being able to take care of yourself is one of the most important things there is. But for many of us, that leaves us feeling like there is more that we could be doing. A lot of people would love to be able to find a way to give back, to improve the world that they live in, even if it's just little bit. Well, fortunately, you can. It doesn't need to be in huge ways, but there are some simple things that you can do to actually help other people around you.

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Charities and nonprofit organizations are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help them out. If there's a charity that you support and you want to go that extra step further, contact them and ask what you can do. This could mean getting involved in activities that they are doing, fundraising or getting out there on the front lines with the people that the charity is trying to help. It might not feel that one extra person can do much good but even the slightest extra support that these kinds of organizations can get can make an enormous difference.
Learn first aid
No situation can make you feel more powerless than when someone collapses, and you have no idea what to do. You just stand there, frozen in panic while other people rush in to help. The only way to get past that panic and to become one of those people trying to help is by knowing what to do. There are plenty first aid courses available as well as tutorials online. They'll teach you the correct way to perform CPR, what to do if someone's heart stops and things like how to use a heartsine defibrillator. That way, if you're ever in a position where someone has an accident, instead of being frozen and feeling totally useless, you can actually do something to help.
Change your career

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Let's say you want to make a larger, more permanent difference. Then why not change your career completely to pursue something that allows you to help people? A career in medicine is a fantastic opportunity to do that. Don't assume that you need to study for years and become a doctor either. There are plenty of medical professions that you can come into with far less training. You also have the option of actually going to work for a charity. That way, instead of being an occasional help, you become an integral part of the organization.
Remember, even when it feels as though there isn't anything you can do on your own, you're one of millions of people who are trying to do their best and help others. And that can make a world of difference.

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