Improve the World Around You

Good News!  It’s been a great month of Giving.

Cape Town team
Cape Town team

How much truth is there in that old adage: “it’s better to give than to receive”?  My wife would joke and say she would prefer to receive but anyone who knows her would know that these are empty words where she chose to err on the side of humour.

Personally, for me, there is no better feeling than that of giving.  Possibly a great realization why my marriage is so strong.  To put the jokes aside, giving is a wonderful, selfless act.

Besides feeling good about yourself for doing something for others, giving back is also good for your physical health. In a Canadian study, 85% of Ontario volunteers rated their health as “good,” compared to 79% of non-volunteers. Only 2% of volunteers reported “poor” health, one-third of the amount of non-volunteers who reported the same health status.  We would like to enhance, promote and encourage the fact that giving back is in the Carrick Culture – it is in our DNA. I relish the opportunity to sign off: “out of office – philanthropy work” when it comes to a day of giving back.

Durban team
Durban team

While we may not be in the league of Bill & Melinda Gates, we can be proud that we do put effort into being kind and giving. As Mother Theresa said, and I quote, “It’s not how much we give, but how much love we put into giving.” To the Carrick staff that attended and gave your time by way of contribution to the Nelson Mandela 67 Minutes drive, a massive thank-you to you all.  Whether it’s a few hours after work, or one day on the weekends, I encourage everyone to discover the joys of giving back and see first hand how it impacts your personal and professional life for the better.

I was fascinated to read an article written by Jessica Cassity, where she describes The Helper’s High. “Recipients of kindness generally want to keep paying it forward,” says James Fowler, professor of medical genetics and political science at the University of California, San Diego.  He found that a single act of kindness typically inspired several more acts of generosity.  “The scientific name for this chain of altruism is ‘upstream reciprocity’, which is ultimately like a domino affect of warm and fuzzy feelings.”

Well, I for one am all for this release of endorphins and I am proud that I do not stand alone when I see hands being raised when we call for volunteers.  There simply is no better feeling than changing the lives of others or simply lifting their spirits.

JHB team

Go on, keep up the act of Giving and by this you are ultimately improving the world around you.


Craig Featherby

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