Every year, our Diwali is marked by a lot of shopping for lavish clothes, furniture, gold, and other things. In all the hustle of the holiday season, most of us forget to think about the less fortunate, and about our society as a whole. Diwali marks the beginning of a new year according to the Hindu calendar; this time instead of the routine, start on a symbolic note by giving back to the ones in need.
Trust us, the warm fuzzy feeling that you get when you do good, lasts for a long time to come. Here are a few ways in which you can give back to the society, and make it a Happier Diwali:
Diwali is the time when our homes go through a complete scrub down as we all come together to clean every part of it. And when that happens, it is quite obvious that you will come across some stuff that is still in good condition, but you don’t really need anymore. Old clothes, toys, stationery, utensils, etc. that you don’t need any more do not need to be thrown away. You can donate them to charities and NGOs to be given to the less fortunate. These things that are of no use to you can really make a world of a difference to someone else.
According to some studies, almost 14.5% of India’s population is undernourished. That is why even a little contribution of yours can help a lot.
While you don’t need to go overboard with it, here’s what you can do without straining your pocket –
Donate a kilogram of rice, salt and sugar; a couple of packets of pulse (dal), a 5kg packet of wheat, and some jaggery.
Be the reason of someone’s smile when they sit down to eat.
A lot of children are pushed into work as unskilled labor, simply because they lack the resources to get proper education. Sometimes, all one needs is the opportunity to realize their potential. There are a number of organizations that you can contact to sponsor a child’s education. Help turn someone’s life around with a small contribution.
Take out some time from your busy schedule and volunteer to work at an NGO. It requires nothing from you except your time, and it is one of the best ways to give back to the society. It gives you a reality check, and a chance to directly see the happiness you can bring to people, helping you grow and gain humility.
Celebrating a pollution-free festival is the need of the hour. You’ll find many who debate that the pollution caused on Diwali is lesser than the pollution we create every day, but should that you from doing the right thing? We hope not.
You might not be able to stop people from bursting crackers, but there’s absolutely no harm in educating them. Remember, every small step counts.
The happiness you get by giving back is truly special; it is something that cannot be bought.
Let this Diwali be different, let it be an occasion to spread the joy!
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