From the Examiner.com (Chicago, IL):
â€œNot the cry, but the flight of the wild duck, leads the flock to fly and follow,â€ so goes an ancient Chinese proverb. Where are you leading your ducklings? Our examples, both positive and negative, teach our children far more than our lectures, scolding, or instructions ever will.
This Saturday, your neighborhood mail carrier is giving you the opportunity to teach your children the values of selflessness, empathy, and compassion along with a painless way to support area charities….
…Helping others teaches children alternatives to the â€œself-centeredness and materialism of consumer cultureâ€ while creating a sense of â€œenhanced personal well-being.â€ Tim Kasser, assistant professor of psychology at Knox College, discovered ” . . .Â people who strongly value helping the world and improving the lives of others . . . are happier and better adjusted than individuals who care about other, more materialistic values. . . individuals oriented towards community feeling and helpfulness report greater self-actualization and vitality, less depression and anxiety, fewer behavior disorders, and less narcissistic tendencies . . . one important reason [adolescents who value helping others might be more psychologically healthy] . . . is that it provides them with experiences which satisfy their needs to be connected to others and to feel competent and effective.â€