It feels good when we can help others. This feeling of doing something for someone who is in need makes us feel worthy. The welfare of others brings a sense of satisfaction and comfort. Prosocial behaviour is that behaviour that is intended to help others. It includes many actions such as cooperating, comforting, supporting and helping and sharing. It also includes the feeling of empathy and concern. Such behaviour has many benefits which range from happiness, satisfaction, security, gratitude, stress-relieving etc. These benefits further motivate us to indulge more in prosocial behaviour.
Also, there are some types of prosocial behaviour are based on why we perform them. First is the proactive prosocial behaviour which is performed due to self- benefitting purpose. The second one is the reactive type that is performed in response to others’ needs. And the third one is the altruistic one, which is performed without any expectation in return and does not include any self-benefitting purpose.
Let’s learn how we as an individual can cultivate the prosocial behaviour in us for the welfare of people, societies and communities.
- Learn – We all feel at some point that we can’t help others. We all feel that when we aren’t able to help ourselves, how we can help others. Some do not feel motivated due to financial constraints or because of their age or lack of skill etc. But if we have the basic skills such as if we know the basics of first aid, or CPR or even if we are a good swimmer, we can save a life or help others in a critical situation. So, learn a life-saving skill and develop it to help others. You don’t need a lot of money for that.
- Be The Model For The Young Ones – If you live with children, you need to show such behaviour more frequently because children learn what they observe. They imitate what their elders do. So, do not hesitate from helping others. Of course, do tell them how to understand and analyze the situation before taking any step but do not ignore those in need. Even if you travel by public transport, help others. Maybe a child is watching you from far and learns something from you.
- Appreciate – When you see someone helping others, smile at them and thank them. This won’t cost you anything but will motivate that person to do more good. Appreciate your child when they perform such behaviour.
- Volunteer – If you have time, even if it’s an hour, try to volunteer at someplace like an old age home, or an NGO. You will definitely feel good.
- Read And Share Stories – Sometimes a story gets stuck with people. Try to read more often to learn about relationships and develop your own way of storytelling. Because they help us remember better than anything else.