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Selflessness all about making a difference

Army Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Published: 03:49PM February 21st, 2013

Selflessness. There’s not enough of it in today’s modern day and age. Selflessness is all about compassion, love, faith and kindness. It’s about putting yourself out there and making a huge difference in the community, or the world as a whole.

While you may only be one person, all it takes to make a difference is one person. It can all start with you.

There are a number of things that you can do to really pay it forward. You can volunteer to pick up trash to keep your local parks clean or volunteer for other services that may help your community. You may even find it a valuable use of your time to volunteer at a homeless shelter, hospital or nursing home. You could even consider donating items to shelters and underprivileged youth.

There’s more to it, though. Your acts of kindness do not have to be large. Little things matter as well. Acts of selflessness can be as little as holding the door open for the individual behind you or dropping a quarter in a parking meter that is expiring soon.

With paying it forward, you aren’t only helping others, but you are helping yourself. In fact, some say that doing good for others can have a positive impact on your immune system, stress and life as a whole. Paying it forward is good for you and everyone around you — in direct physical, mental, even spiritual ways.

ArmyMWR.com is a great source of information for volunteer programs, especially the BOSS Program. The BOSS Program, aka Better Opportunities for Single Service members, can help promote a better quality of life in participating in recreation and leisure activities and community service.

Information on the Volunteer Corps Program in Army Community Service, which is also a great way to pay it forward, can be found at ArmyOneSource.com.