How Being A Conscious Consumer Helps You

That inner voice has started to become louder. The one telling you to, “Do Better.”

In order to “Do Better,” you find yourself wanting to make the changes in your lifestyle to become a Conscious Consumer and support ethical companies.

You decide to use your dollar vote to go towards the greater good.

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Did you know this is actually an old fashioned way of “doing better?

 Wikipedia defines a Conscious Consumer as a type of consumer activism that is based on the concept of dollar voting. It is practiced through ‘positive buying’ in that ethical products are favored.

Ethical products are the products of companies that harness the power of business to do good in this world. They give people and the planet the same consideration as profits.

Whatever your personal conviction is to lead you to this new identity is yours and yours alone.

But, did you also know that the empathy you are experiencing and acting on is helping you too?

Believe it or not, being a conscious consumer helps you.

Philosophers, self-help and financial gurus, as well as religious texts all over the world contain variations stating the need as to why you should be of service to others. Why you should, “Do Better.”

Sayings such as, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

Or,

“Thou shalt never curse a deaf man.”

Or, one of my favorites,

“We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”

But, did it ever occur to you that maybe these statements have nothing to do with the wellbeing of the one receiving the treatment, but rather the wellbeing of the one GIVING the treatment?

And trust me when I say, when you are open to being nicer to others, whether it be with your resources or money, there are personal perks.

  • Your health can improve when you are generous. According to an article published in www.Oprah.com, being generous with your attention can lower your risk for a heart attack. It can also boost your immune system and lower the levels of chronic pain.
  • Being generous makes you HAPPY. According to an article published in www.NewRepublic.com, Lower depression rates are found among Americans who donate more than 10 percent of their incomes (41 percent say they rarely or never experience depression versus 32 percent for everyone else.)
  • Being generous builds deeper connections with others. You want that in your life. Having deeper connections in your life means you will be happier, live longer, and be more fulfilled.

When I say, “deeper connections,” I am not talking about friends on social media. I’m talking about the real live, breathing kind, which talk and eat cookie dough with you late at night, while you laugh about trivial things. The ones that will feel your forehead when you have a fever. I don’t know about you, but these types of connections are worth more than gold to me.

So, in conclusion, of course being generous is a good thing because it’s the right thing to do. But you honestly do receive benefits from it. Which in turn creates a vicious cycle of sheer awesomeness that enables you to give more because you are feeling great and have a support system around you. It’s truly is the gift that keeps giving….

Until Next Time,

Sarah Childers

Bare Philanthropy LLC

Follow me on Twitter @Ethosdeal

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