In starting this blog, my hope was to document my altruistic acts (and to hopefully inspire others). As I went about this project, I wondered how much reading comments and discussing my acts became a reward for myself (rather than a truly altruistic act). Thus, I stopped posting but continued the project. In the past year I have had some amazing experiences (and some not so good ones). Here are a few highlights and questions that arose:
Overall, I found this project to be highly enjoyable. I don't think my enjoyment counts as a truly altruistic act. I did my best to avoid getting praise and to try to make it an activity that I would not feel rewarded. However, it was often difficult to not feel good about it. Thus, rather than getting into a discussion of whether it was an altruistic act, I will call it prosocial behavior. I enjoyed my prosocial behavior and it was often a way to get out of my own problems by focusing on others (a topic of a future blog).