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Many ideas for doing Good Deeds
Note from NEEEEEXT : doing good to someone (or anything else you have in mind) brings positive energy for yourself and around you : your "Karma" increase, you feel like the universe is helping you, everything become more easy, people look at you in a different way, "feeling" you are a good person. Look at their face, what you will see if what you truly are, they are like a mirror where you can contemplate your own soul.
Just be a good person and the universe will reward you in unexpected ways.
Author's page : https://healdove.com/wellness/good-deed-ideas
I have made a commitment : to do one good deed per day.
Large or small, it doesn't matter.
Self-sacrificing or not, extraordinary or mundane, it doesn't matter.
Just one thing every day, that's all.
The more I do good, the better I feel about myself.
Truly, to benefit others is to benefit yourself.
I hope this may inspire others who also yearn to do good. So join me on this journey, if you will, and think about the difference you can make in your own life.
Sometimes, it can be hard to be kind to other people. Many people are so arrogant and self-centered that you may think "Why would I ever want to do a good deed for them ?" Well, even if you don't get any appreciation back, you will still feel good about the act. You will still be putting good energy into the universe - and that can only benefit you in the long run.
This list is meant to get the ball rolling on your own personal good deeds. Once you start thinking in 'good deed mode' you will notice that there are many things you can do every day.
1. Offer an Unexpected smile - This is a simple act that can change someone's day. If a grumpy, angry, or upset person offers you a frown, offer them a smile. Often, this simple smile can cause them to feel better. In fact, many people mirror other people instinctively, and if you offer a smile they may instinctively smile, as well. And we all know that a smile can make us feel better, no matter what kind of mood we are in.
2. Give a Compliment - I find that many people are hardwired not to give compliments, even to their best friends or family members. It's as though a compliment will detract from their greatness, but this is not true. If you give someone a compliment for a job well done, you will not be detracting for the awesomeness that is you - instead, you will be adding to it and making someone else feel good at the same time.
3. Recycle What You Can - There is no excuse not to recycle anymore. Everywhere you look there are bins and bags to recycle in. Plus, every day that you recycle, you are doing a good deed for the Earth and EVERYONE and EVERY LIVING THING on it! You can't reach too many more people with one good deed than that! Maybe you are even impacting people in other words...just saying - you don't know!
4. Spare Some Change - Almost every day you will have an opportunity to do good deeds involving money. The homeless man or woman on the street, the old woman in the grocery line who is short 60 cents, and the kid who wants that extra piece of candy but doesn't have the extra few cents to buy it. If you got some extra change doing nothing in your pocket, you might as well do a good deed with it.
5. Let Someone Else Go First - It seems that we as a society have become so rushed that we are constantly trying to cut each other off with our cars and with our bodies. And not many of us give way to someone else when they are trying to cut us off.
But think of it like this, if someone is trying to get ahead of you, then they may have a real good reason like:
- A sick loved one that they are trying to get to.
- An important meeting that could make or break their career.
- Something else that they don't have time to stop and talk about with you.
Letting people go ahead is a good deed that becomes addictive, because not only do you give others a chance to get on with their day, you also feel more relaxed because you are not in such a hurry with yours.
6. Help Someone Getting Bullied - Bullying with kids and online has been in the news a lot lately, but bullying happens all over the place including the workplace and even just out and about during the day. I've seen people being yelled at by bullies for stupid reasons - and I do mean stupid - as I'm sure you have as well.
The person being bullied likely feels alone in their struggle, and since bullies tend to have a dominant personality, you standing beside someone who has a less dominate energy can help dilute the energy and stop the bullying from happening.
This doesn't mean that you should become the bully, but it does mean that you should stand by someone who is getting bullied and take part in making their day better.
7. Give Your Pet Some Extra Love - Yes, I consider this a very good deed. Actually I consider this an excellent good deed. Pets need love and lots of it, and since you took on the responsibility of caring for their lives, you are the ultimate person to do a good deed for your pet.
You can take your dog for a walk, play some games with them, teach them a new trick and get their mind working, give them an extra treat for the day, or just hug them extra long for the day. Whatever you do, choose something that will please your pet.
8. Hold That Door/Elevator ! - How many times have you been walking through a door with your hands full and had it slam into your arm? This happen to a lot of people every day.
Chances are that if you are walking through a door, then someone else will not be too far behind you. Take a second to be aware of the people around you and hold the door open for all people who coming in.
Same goes for the elevator. If you are one of those people who hits the 'door close' button over and over while someone is running towards the door, then try a change and hold the 'door open' button. You will make someones day, and you will feel better about yourself if you do. It's such a simple good deed!
9. Spread The Word - This applies to online and offline business and organizations. Most of them require people to spread the word about them in order to succeed. Even articles (such as this) can benefit greatly from the share buttons that Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest provide. If I like something, I share it. I want them to succeed, because - hey, I like them!
Don't hide all the good things for yourself or deny people your approval because you are jealous of their success, share the love!
10. Have Patience With Stressful People - This is not only a good deed for the person you are exhibiting patience towards, but it is also a good deed for yourself! Imagine that, a good deed for yourself!
For example, when someone is purposely trying to push your buttons by doing something annoying, stupid, or rude, you can choose to act with patience and understanding instead of anger. This will benefit you by keeping your blood pressure low and your stress levels low, as well, which we know are two health issues that many people are suffering from today.
Really this point on patience could be a whole article in itself as to why it is a good deed to you and others around you. I will let you come up with your own reasons for now.
Author's page : http://www.canadianliving.com/health/mind-and-spirit/article/50-good-deeds-for-50-days
50 good deeds for 50 days
By Daniela Payne
The thought of doing a good deed might pop into your head from time to time, but due to your busy life, it might get pushed to the back burner more than you'd like. The truth is, most good deeds don't require the amount of time and organization you think they do. The opportunity to do a good deed pops up every day – it could be in the grocery store, on the daily commute to work or while baking a batch of cookies.
We encourage you to start performing good deeds on a daily basis, and to get you started, we've provided a list of 50 days worth of ideas – so, no excuses! The thing that will surprise you the most is how good you'll feel about it.
1. Make a double-batch of something delicious and freezable and give it to an older neighbour who doesn't cook for him or herself as much anymore.
2. Buy a bag of good groceries – high-quality coffee, whole-grain pasta, a box of decadent cookies or other treats you'd normally buy for yourself – and donate it to your local food bank or shelter.
3. Cut an armload of fresh flowers from your garden and bring them to your local nursing home so the residents can enjoy the smells of spring or summer.
4. Bring your well-behaved dog for a visit at a local nursing home. There's nothing like a happy pup to raise someone's spirits.
5. When out shovelling your walk or raking your leaves, it's not too much more effort to do the same for a neighbour. Consider it good exercise as well as a good deed.
6. Hold the door for people behind you, especially if the person behind is carrying packages, bags or kids.
7. Volunteer at a local breakfast program. A warm smile and a friendly welcome go a long way.
8. Bring someone less fortunate a plant or some fresh flowers. This is something they might not want to spend money on.
9. Make soup for a friend recovering from surgery or an illness. Cooking is the last thing you feel like doing when you aren't feeling 100 per cent.
10. Take your sibling's kids out for the day – to the movies, apple picking, for a hike. The parents could probably use a break and the kids will love it.
11. Put together a basket of treats for a friend who had a death in the family. Deliver it after the funeral has taken place, when most friends have gone back to their day-to-day lives.
12. Drive your grandparents, elderly parents and their friends to church, doctor's appointments or the movies. They (and their aging bodies) will value the gesture.
13. Volunteer for a charity. Pick a cause that's near and dear to your heart and donate your time to them.
14. Sit down with your family and estimate what you'd spend on each other for gifts. Instead of buying each other gifts for birthdays or holidays, donate the estimated amount to a charity.
15. If you head out of town, drop off your monthly public transit pass at a youth or job centre. They'll pass on the pass to someone who is in need of it to job hunt or attend school.
16. Take your neighbors trash to the curb while you're taking yours. Imagine their surprise when they see that the chore is already done.
17. If you're in line at the grocery store with a full cart, let the person behind you who only has 5-10 items go in front of you.
18. Offer to take care of a neighbour's pet when they go away on a small vacation. They'll be comfortable knowing their pet is in good hands.
19. Make dinner for friends with a newborn baby (or, if they're far away, send a gift card for the grocery store or a favourite restaurant so they can pick something up).
20. Pay for the person behind you at the drive thru. It will make someone's day!
21. Help someone who looks lost with directions. Most people are intimidated and feel vulnerable when they're lost, offering to help them find their destination will relieve them.
22. Donate blood. One single donation can help up to 4 people – that should be inspiring enough.
23. Donate your used clothes and housewares to charity. By doing so, you can help people meet basic human needs. Your old sweaters will keep someone warm during the winter and your old housewares can help someone furnish their new apartment.
24. Around Christmas time, find a holiday angel program in your community. You can donate basic things like toothpaste, towels, sheets and pyjamas for a family in need to open on Christmas morning.
25. Take a CPR class. You never know when you might be in a position to put those life-saving skills into practice.
26. Help an elderly person off the bus or cross the road by offering to take their arm or carry their packages.
27. By joining a bone marrow registry such as One Match stem cell and marrow network (in Canada), you could be giving someone a lifesaving gift.
28. Offer to babysit a friend’s kids one night so she and her partner can enjoy a romantic evening out. You friend will certainly be grateful for the night off.
29. Bring your old magazines to a hospital waiting room to make patients' waits a little less nerve racking.
30. Write a letter or e-mail to a good friend or family member to let them know how much you value them. Can you imagine opening a letter of that sort? Go on, start the trend.
31. Volunteer yourself to walk an elderly neighbour's dog once a week. Getting out for a walk isn't overly easy for many elderly folk, so they'd most likely appreciate this gesture.
32. Instead of dropping your head and pretending you don't notice (like the rest of the rush-hour crowd) someone struggling to get a stroller down the stairs, take a second and offer to help.
33. Offer an elderly person, a pregnant woman, a physically disabled person - or just someone who looks tired - your seat on the bus.
34. Help keep your city clean. Pick up plastic bottles and other trash you see around your neighbourhood and deposit it in its appropriate place.
35. Visit a nursing home just to chat with some of the residents, as many of them don't get regular visitors.
36. They say that smiling is contagious. Pick a day to smile at everyone you pass on the street.
37. Pass on your books after you've read them for someone else to enjoy. Take them to a local shelter or give them to friends.
38. Next time you read an article about an author you know your book-loving friend would enjoy, pass it on to them. It will make them feel good that you think about them.
39. If you've discovered a great little restaurant or store, spread the word. The business and whoever you tell will both benefit.
40. Being angry at someone requires a lot of energy from both people involved, so go ahead and let go of an old grudge. Forgiving someone who hurt you will open the door for a friendship to be rekindled.
41. A few days before the holidays or a family member's birthday, head over to your parents' or grandparents' home to wrap their gifts for them. They'll appreciate your help and the company.
42. On a random weekend, surprise your unsuspecting spouse with breakfast in bed. It will make their day.
43. When you come across a two for one deal (which are popular at book and movie stores), donate your free product to a local shelter or youth group.
44. Allot yourself a set amount of compliments to dole out a day. Your co-worker will love hearing that she looks great in her new skirt.
45. Getting out and about isn't so easy for some. Volunteer to do your grandparents' grocery shopping for them ever two weeks. Is it that much trouble to shop for someone else when you're already making a trip to the grocery store for yourself?
46. Next time you're at your favourite local pub or breakfast diner, leave your server a very generous tip.
47. Everyone knows how annoying it is to rush back to your car only to find a parking ticket sitting on your windshield. To make sure someone else doesn't suffer the same fate, feed parking metres that you notice are about to expire.
48. Next time you do your grocery shopping, pick up a large bag of cat or dog food to donate to a local animal shelter.
49. Host a movie night for 10 of your closet friends. Charge $10 admission, provide the popcorn, candy and drinks, and donate the $100 to a charity you all decide on. It's a perfect way to feel good about having fun.
50. After you complete your 49 days worth of good deeds, treat yourself to a mani-pedi, dinner at your favourite restaurant or those fabulous shoes you've been eyeing. And no matter what, don't suffer from buyers remorse. After all your selfless acts, you deserve a little treat.
Author's page : http://www.goodnet.org/articles/52-good-deed-ideas-to-make-positive-impact-in-2016
52 Good Deed Ideas to Make a Positive Impact
Change the world one week at a time.
Jan 12, 2016
We all want to do good - whether it’s for ourselves or our loved ones, the planet, or society at large. No matter how big or small, good deeds carry a double punch - we make a positive impact, and we feel great at the same time. Honoring that happy ripple effect in 60 different countries is International Good Deeds Day - set for April 10, 2016 - a yearly celebration of doing good around the world. This list of 52 ideas will help you take part all year round - make a positive change to the world around you.
A GOOD DEED A WEEK :
1. Let your first check of the year be to charity.
2. Help a friend in need.
3. Volunteer for an hour at an organization of your choice.
4. Save electricity by unplugging your devices when not in use.
5. Buy a gift for your mother or grandmother - just because.
6. Allow a fellow driver to merge into your lane.
7. Write a thank-you note to someone who won’t expect it.
8. Find unneeded items in your house and donate them to a charitable organization.
9. Plant a tree.
10. Think of something you do well, and use your talent to benefit others - for example performing magic tricks at a children’s hospital or playing music at a nursing home.
11. Teach an elderly person to use a computer to surf the Internet or write e-mails.
12. Organize a family meal and appreciate being together.
13. Collect stuffed animals or toys from family members, friends, and neighbors and donate them to an organization that helps children.
14. When you are outside, stop and look around you. Take time to appreciate nature.
15. Find a piece of winter clothing that you haven’t worn all season, and donate it to a charity.
16. Donate an old cell phone.
17. Be environmentally conscious - use both sides of the paper before throwing it away.
18. Offer to cook or clean for the family of someone who has recently given birth.
19. Think of at least three things you should be thankful for in your life.
20. Sign up for a CPR course.
21. Plant a vegetable garden, and donate the vegetables to a food pantry.
22. Collect duffle bags, overnight bags, and suitcases from friends and donate them to organizations that send them to children in foster care.
23. Add yourself to a bone marrow registry and take part in a bone marrow drive.
24. Pick up trash from the sidewalk.
25. Offer to read to or play games with someone living in a nursing or retirement home.
26. Donate blood.
27. Conserve energy. Turn off the lights if you’re the last person to leave a room.
28. Save articles about people performing acts of kindness as a source of inspiration and motivation for you and your family.
29. Decide to make one change in yourself that will make you a better person.
30. Swallow your pride and apologize for something you’ve done – whether big or small.
31. Take food to a new neighbor.
32. Take part in a literacy program, to help children or adults learn to read.
33. Donate school supplies to children from underprivileged homes.
34. Collect small soaps, shampoos, deodorants, and other small toiletries, and donate them to battered women’s shelters, rehab centers for teens, or other places that would benefit from them.
35. Donate your old eyeglasses to an organization that will reuse them.
36. Treat a friend to dinner.
37. Return a phone call you have been putting off.
38. Give 10 percent of your salary to charity.
39. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.
40. Answer the phone in a cheerful voice.
41. Recycle whatever paper, bottles and plastic items possible.
42. Hold a charity day at work. Encourage your colleagues and supervisors to bring in nonperishable items to be donated to a worthy cause.
43. Turn the tap off when you're shaving, brushing your teeth or scrubbing the dishes – every drop counts.
44. Take public transport instead of driving.
45. Adopt a shelter animal.
46. Make a double-batch of something delicious and freezable and give it to an older neighbour who doesn't cook for him or herself as much anymore.
47. Switch your light bulbs to the energy-efficient variety.
48. Ask a loved one about their day.
49. Hold the door open for a stranger.
50. Praise a colleague’s good work.
52. When you’re out buying food, purchase an extra item to donate to a food pantry or to a homeless person.
... any other idea to make life better for everyone ?
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