You save the Mustela nigripes (Black Footed Ferret) from extinction in the U.S., earning the adoration and fan letters from preteen girls all over the western part of the country.
Or perhaps you managed to push through legislation a law that preserved the open space in the watersheds of two creeks, thereby earning the trust and praise of the Native American population living nearby.
Does everyone hear of your exploits? Not likely. Do you feel you're doing some good for the world? Most definitely. Now it's not just your mom who sings your praises (and glory); you're feeling it, too.