Positivity fills our mind and bodies whenever we give back to the community. We may do this by making a difference in someone’s life such as helping a stranger. The positive feelings we get from helping others comes about due to a special biological process that involves the mesolimbic system. This is the part of the brain that is responsible for feeling reward or pleasure from actions. When we do a small act of kindness, our mesolimbic system gets stimulated.
While everyone’s brain may function similarly, how each individual chooses to trigger this stimulation varies.
Some put their good deeds into a religious outlet, some focus on family, and others help a community they belong to.
At Campaign One At A Time, our team is comprised of a variety of individuals with different motivations for choosing OAAT as their vessel for doing good.
We recently sat down with our Social Media Manager, Joseph Jones, to learn about why he chose OAAT as a way of helping others.
“I want to be able to find out how to reach out to people to help others in some way. Before One At A Time, I was thinking about getting into personal training because I saw that as a way to be able to help people get to their goals. Trying to better themselves and just become the healthier part of who they want to be because that’s how I kinda grew up as well; having some health conditions and hospital issues growing up. That’s what one of my main concerns is for giving back to the community that I grew up in.”
Joseph later on states, “Due to my food allergies growing up, I knew what it was like to be hospitalized and not being able to have the type of fun that you want to. I was obviously different than our campaign kids, like I couldn’t have certain foods that I grew up with because my body radically changed for me. To put it in perspective, I couldn’t do things I wanted to do as a kid. With campaign One At A Time, the kids we work with obviously can’t do the things they want to do either. I saw this as an opportunity of being, ‘Hey these are kids that are going through some pretty terrible things that don’t have to be so terrible.’ There are ways to get around it by having a little bit of fun and that’s what I enjoy the most. That’s when I started to know about One At A Time, and what they really do for kids and their families are just to try to make things straight and better.”
From Joseph’s response, there are only two kinds of helpers; sympathetic helpers and empathetic helpers. Sympathetic helpers are helpers because they feel bad for the other person due to the helper’s caring attitude while empathetic helpers help others because they feel for them because of what the other person is going through. At One At A Time, we just discovered what kind of helper Joseph is; an empathetic helper.
What also makes Joseph a good role model to these kids is that he does it because it is the right thing to do. “I want to find a way to help others without bettering myself.”
It’s not just that Joseph doesn’t expect any favors in return that makes him unique, it’s also his approach to handling adversity. Families that we work with at One At A Time face incredible adversity. How do you face adversity?
“Family is a big part of my life. A lot of kids that we work with, their families are the ones that are really facing adversity. You can look to your families for mental and moral support. Lucky with One At A Time, our community is growing so large at this point that more people are able to hear about us. Just knowing that there are people that you can talk to and able to be around can help during the tough times.”
Joseph has a good statement here because a lot of people that are facing adversity in their lives tend to keep it to themselves. We do this because we feel like we might be judged, and we expect ourselves to figure it out on our own.
The truth is, in order to make a difference and get through adversity, we must connect with a network of people that can provide mental and moral support. Having a support system from these connections is also important because we know we have others to lean on. Campaign One At A Time strives to be a support system for people facing hardships.
For instance, at OAAT, medically ill patients are visited by staff members in order to have someone to talk to, spend time with, and achieve their goals or wishes. We do this by simply being there for kids and their families whenever they feel like they need a little extra hope in their lives. In addition, we put on events or organize fundraisers in order to help patients’ wishes come true, such as fundraising to build a patient a Star Wars treehouse that he wished for. If there is any way we can be of help to others, we do it.
We are excited not just because OAAT is drawing more attention to other people, but because we have a good mixture of sympathetic and empathic helpers. It’s true what people say; the more you give, the more you get back.
We give by being there for other people and making these kids’ wishes come true. Even though we don’t expect anything in return, we still receive something. We are receiving the ability to spread a message to the world that One At A Time will make a strong impact on many different lives.