Why Teach Altruism?
Altruism is at the core of our values here at Impact Christian Academy. It highlights the importance of selflessness and promotes putting others’ needs ahead of your own. It stems from humans’ innate desire of helping people, without the obligation of doing so, or the expectation of being rewarded for such kind gestures.
While the goal of altruism is not for personal gain, the practice does reap some positive benefits in the process. We believe those who are altruistic become the most successful by learning life skills and making positive impacts on their community as they go. Helping others tends to improve physical and mental health, reminds us that we’re not alone, and inspires others to do the same.
Think of the verse, “It is better to give than it is to receive.” – Acts 20:35
ICA enjoys showing our students that altruism is easier than it seems. Giving does not have to strictly mean gift-giving by any means. It can be simple acts of kindness and lending bits of time to others.
Some examples of altruism include:
- Holding the door or elevator open for someone
- Helping your neighbor carry their groceries inside
- Ask someone how they are doing, and genuinely listen
- Help out with chores
- Give someone a sincere compliment
- Volunteer at a soup kitchen, animal shelter, or community center
- Donate non-perishable goods and clothes to a local drive
There’s no one-size-fits-all for practicing altruism. There is a method or medium for everyone. We encourage you to try to find ways of making altruism a priority in your life.
Being a private Christian school makes altruism a priority for us. ICA’s School-wide Community Service aims to model students to share the love of God through practical acts of kindness. By serving others with simple acts of selfless love, our students learn how open hearts, together with their peers, can make a difference.