What runs through your mind when you hear about this term? Yes, it is a voluntary job that does not pay and is performed to the advantage of other people within the community. However, many people think of community service as a mandatory sentence or some sort of payback to the community. In fact, some countries require that teenagers participate in community service. Some institutions even mandate it as a graduation necessity. And so, to most people, community service comes with a lot of mixed reaction and can be seen as an obligation unwillingly done.
However, that is not community service. Community service should not be looked into as a punishment but rather an exciting activity done on one’s own accord and with the general idea that we are all one, and that assisting each other, we will all succeed.
So what is community service?
Community service is a voluntary act you or a group of people with a common goal can do within your community to help improve the lives of people living in that particular environment. Community services are self-sacrificial and do not pay. Instead, one finds the joy and happiness of helping an individual or perhaps the entire community succeed or solve a particular problem.
How does community service volunteering bring joy and happiness?
Life is a series of giving and receiving. Sometimes, community service may involve repetitive works that make you feel like you are a slave and others are benefiting from your slavery. It may not be fun and you may think of several other things that you could do to improve your life. But doing things that you like for people you love, could actually bring a lot of joy and happiness in your life. The connection, compassion, and care you feel about others is what can make you happy.
Participating in a community service implies that you have a goal to accomplish. Be it educational, social, or financial goals, it is the sense of accomplishing these goals that will bring joy and happiness to you. Knowing that you have accomplished your goal as a community volunteer and that people are happy with your services will make you proud. The sense of pride brings about excitement and joy out of the passion for community service.
Knowing that your help is needed and that your service in the community has positively helped change the status of the community brings a lot of comfort. It helps drive away the sense of worrying too much about others and in turn, bring joy and happiness in seeing that everyone within the community is happy with your services.
As I conclude, think about those things that will help bring a difference at one corner of the world. Think about what you will enjoy sharing to help change the world and see that everyone is happy. This is the time to make the world a better place.