Altruism is some sort of sacrifice, for the sake of persons other than oneself. It is the selfless concern for the welfare of others; a motivation to help others. In many religious traditions it is an important virtue.
The word "altruism" is derived from Latin alter "other". French philosopher Auguste Comte coined the word altruisme in 1851, meaning the self-sacrifice for the benefit of others.
Getting involved in a cause you believe can help reduce stress, increase happiness, and bring more meaning to life. 
"The feeling you get from giving to those in need is a reward in itself."
"There is a power in love that our world has not discovered yet. Jesus discovered it centuries ago. Mahatma Gandhi of India discovered it a few years ago, but most men and most women never discover it. For they believe in hitting for hitting; they believe in an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth; they believe in hating for hating; but Jesus comes to us and says, "This isn’t the way." And this morning, I think of the fact that our world is in transition now. Our whole world is facing a revolution." Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Altruism Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
- Altruism Catholic Encyclopedia.
- The Hidden Power of Altruism By Elizabeth Scott, M.S.
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