MMM: January, A Selfless Beginning

Happy New Year, StellaBella readers! Hope you enjoyed the  holidays. As I write my first post of 2013, I celebrate one year of contributing to this blog! Therefore, I'd like to start out 2013 with some positivity and awareness. Did you know that January is also known as "The Celebration of Life Month"? Neither did I. However, it makes sense being that January marks the beginning of a year and what not a better time than to celebrate our lives?

When January 1st hits, everyone goes into what I call "resolution mode". They sign up for the gym, throw out all the junk food in their homes, smoke their last pack of cigarettes, and even sign up for some courses to improve themselves in some way.  Normally these resolutions apply to the individual. We want to do better for ourselves, striving for a higher quality of life. How often are these resolutions directed outward? How many of us resolve to do something for someone else this year? Probably not too many. Don't feel bad. Humans are an egoistical animal. But altruism is something we are also capable of.  Let 2013 be the year that we give.

The March of Dimes is a non-for-profit organization with the mission of improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Personally I've participated in 2 runs/walk-a-thons hosted by this organization, as I believe they do wonderful research, aiming to prevent and cure a host of illnesses.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is another organization that I highly support. Their mission is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Most people know this to be the organization that focuses on children with cancer.

These are only two of the thousands of charities you can donate to. Personally I am always in favor of helping those related to babies/children. After all, they are the most innocent people in this world who deserve a chance in life. In these times of financial turmoil, many of us are experiencing cutbacks in our own lives, deeming it difficult to give money to others. I myself am living in a country where the unemployment rate is 26%, so I can understand these hardships. However, we can do other things such as participate in a walk-a-thon, volunteer at a hospital, or collect just a dollar (or euro) from each of our coworkers or friends.

This year, do something for someone else. No matter how much we complain about how our own lives could be better, someone else is suffering much more than we are.

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