Listen when other people are talking. Yes – really listen! Don’t let your mind wander when someone is confiding in you about his or her troubles, or telling you an exciting story. Read, watch, or listen to the news. Be aware of major world events as well what is going on around you.
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PERFORM RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS. Not only will it make you feel great to extend kindness to other people, but it will improve their lives as well. Think about it – what if you smiled at a stranger every single day? This would encourage them to smile, and might even change their outlook on the world as well.
LISTEN MORE. You can relearn compassion in this way by taking the focus off your own struggles for a while, and instead giving your attention to someone else in need. Everyone goes through some sort of troubles in life, but you could be the one to relieve some of the stress by simply opening your ears and heart.
Don’t have money to give to a charity? Why not just volunteer your time instead? Many places such as homeless shelters & dog shelters desperately need volunteers. Although giving money to a charity also helps tremendously, actually being there in person will allow you to actually see your contribution put into motion.
Don't value your time more than others. Do you get impatient when you have to wait in line? Remember that every other person in the line has a life just as valuable as yours. Their time is as precious to them as yours is to you. Keeping this in mind when impatience threatens to get the better of you.
Try not to hold a grudge. The selfless person sees the situation from the other person’s point of view. Better to foster peace, love and forgiveness than spitefulness and hate. Forgiving someone who you feel has wronged you can be incredibly difficult, but it’s also a great demonstration of selflessness.
Donating money and goods is a selfless act that you should practice as often as possible. Decide how much you can afford, then commit to donating that amount. Select a few charities to which you can regularly donate a specific sum. Giving to those who ask for change is a kind, selfless act you can do on a daily basis.
Be selfless in everyday ways. Give up your seat on the bus or train to the elderly and pregnant. Hold doors open for people coming in behind you. You can’t be completely selfless 100% the time – you can’t give everyone in need the shirt off your back – but there are other meaningful things you can do.
To be selfless, you do not need to sell all of your possessions and live the rest of your life in poverty. You just need to change your mindset of how you see yourself and the world around you. You will need to reevaluate your role in society and how you can contribute to society and the lives of others.
If you want to learn to be selfless, the first thing that you must do is change this mindset in yourself. At first, you will need to make a point of putting others first and thinking less of yourself. As time goes on, you will begin to automatically think of others and it will become like second nature to you.
Everyone of us has thousands of opportunities throughout our lifetime to give to others;all that you must do is make the decision to cease the opportunity. The idea of being selfless is not to consider only yourself and how things will affect you but to see the bigger picture and how things affect everyone around you.
Start by really listening to people and their story because it will help you understand why they are in the position they are in. You will quickly learn that less unfortunate people are very much like you but they have just had some major setbacks. Once you bond with a person it will make it easier for you to love them
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