College students sometimes give up their spring break to go on a service trip.
Boy scouts have to collect service hours to earn certain types of badges.
Lawbreakers must log a set number of community service hours in order to pay their debt to society.
Every year, thousands of brave men and women enlist in the military to serve their country.
According to Muhammad Ali, “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.”
Service is super important. The dictionary defines it as “an act of helpful activity.” But it seems that people have certain pre-conceived notions of what service looks like. Staffing soup kitchens, building homes for the poor, and raking leaves for an elderly widow are common mental snapshots. Sacrifice is a key element of how we think about service. Although serving others makes us feel good, “fun” is not usually a benefit that comes to mind.
But isn’t making someone smile or laugh also an act of helpful activity? [Read more...]