Contributing to Increase Your Purpose and Impact

Josh Dykes

The Joy of Contribution: Cultivating a Life of Meaning and Purpose

In the hustle and bustle of modern life, where self-promotion and achievement often take center stage, the act of selfless contribution can seem like a relic of a bygone era. Yet, the human desire to give back to our communities, to make a positive impact on the world, remains deeply ingrained within us.

The Impact of Contribution

Consider a study conducted by Harvard University’s Grant Study, which tracked the lives of 268 Harvard sophomores over a period of 75 years. The study revealed that the happiest and most fulfilled individuals were those who prioritised giving back to their communities, finding meaning and purpose in contributing to the lives of others.

Understanding the Psychology of Giving

The act of contribution triggers a cascade of positive emotions within us. When we give back, we experience a sense of altruism, compassion, and empathy. These emotions not only benefit the recipients of our generosity but also enhance our own mental and emotional well-being.

The Call to Contribute

The desire to contribute is not confined to a select few; it lies within each of us. We all have unique skills, talents, and resources that we can share with the world. The question is not whether to contribute, but how to channel our desire into meaningful action.

Action: Three Ways to Contribute to Good Causes

  1. Volunteer Your Time: Volunteering your time is a powerful way to make a difference. Whether you’re mentoring a child, assisting at a local shelter, or helping to clean up your neighborhood park, every act of volunteerism has a ripple effect.
  2. Donate Your Skills: Share your professional expertise with organizations that need your help. Offer pro bono consulting, design services, or marketing assistance to make a tangible impact on non-profit causes.
  3. Contribute Financially: Donating to charities that align with your values is a direct way to support causes that matter to you. Every dollar donated can make a difference in the lives of others.

The Power of Contribution

As a coach, I’ve had the privilege of volunteering my time and money to support a number of worth causes, including:

  • Homelessness. We managed to get 4 people off the streets and into permenant accomodation through crowdfunding and community outreach
  • Men’s Support Groups. I run a men’s support group in Birmingham for men to come for free and receive group support on a range of mental health topics. The group now has around 500 members and has had dozens of meetings.
  • Childline. We have raised thousands at SPEAKup to support Childline and to end child suicide.
  • Cambodia. We are currently raising awareness and fundraising for some of the poorest children in Cambodia. We are looking to train over 400 teachers to support 10,000 children with mental health training, wellbeing, and personal development. This is in an effort to reduce future poverty and upskill these young people with the ability to support themselves throughout life with essential personal tools for growth. Learn more about the project and how to give here

Embracing a Life of Contribution

Contribution is not a one-time act of charity; it’s a lifestyle, a mindset that permeates every aspect of our lives. When we approach our daily interactions with a spirit of giving, we create a world where compassion, empathy, and the desire to make a difference become the driving forces of our society.

So, let us embrace the joy of contribution, recognising that our individual acts of kindness, big or small, have the power to transform lives, strengthen communities, and create a more just and equitable world for all.

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