Good deeds for yourself
A good deed done for yourself or better yet, for someone else, can leave you feeling refreshed. Taking a few minutes to be thankful for the chance to see a new day, still in your right mind and without debilitating pain or illness is a great ‘pick me up’ mood enhancer. Some old folk I know used to say “Thank God you wake up alive, some people wake up dead!” impossible, I know, but you get the point.
Even when getting ready for your day, smile, be positive, tell yourself you are going to have an awesome day no matter what! You would be surprised how much self- motivating you can do and how far it takes you.
Promise to do something special for yourself today, and then do it! This could include, going to the gym or for a brisk walk, eating a portion of vegetable that you don’t like but that you know is good for you, planning not to be negative or complaining at all for the day, or even as simple as reading a motivational post. I have one about how to cohabit with teens here.
Good deeds for others
Did you know that there are more people worse off than you are, than those who are ‘better’ off? So with this in mind, there are simple deeds that you could do for them, that in the end makes you feel better, and make the world a better place to be in. Here are a few things I think you can do:
Smile at a stranger (I’ve always tried it and love the reaction I get)
Make a donation, no matter how small (someone is going to benefit)
Offer a lift ( yes I know there are risks, but you are more likely than not to have at least an interesting conversation on the way)
Smile and make conversation with little kids on the bus or in the shops (in front of their parent/s of course!)
Assist an elderly person with carrying their baggage or crossing the streets etc.
Well, if you can think of any others, or if someone has done a good deed for you, I’d love to hear about it. Leave it in the comments below.
My recent experiences
I’ve recently joined a small group of adults doing some training. Some of it involves watching videos and then discussing the content and filling out answer sheets. There’s this lady though whose first language is not English and she really struggles to keep up with everything (finding it rather confusing although she has a good enough grasp of English). So after everyone left the training, I stayed back for half an hour to help her to fill in her answers based on the video presentation and discussion. She was so grateful and our conversation lead me to learn so much about her and her culture, but most of all to see that she is such a beautiful person!
After training I went to do some shopping in a supermarket where you have to pay first and display the ticket in your car or risk being fined ( I have been fined before, and it wasn’t nice!) Well imagine my pleasure when I pulled up in the parking lot and realised I didn’t have any change to pay and an elderly lady shoved a ticket my way! “Here”, she said, “I only popped in for eggs and milk and it took me half an hour as I stumbled upon an old friend and we started chatting!” Well, it turns out that she had parked at about the same time that I decided to stop back and help this lady.
So, what are you waiting for? Go do your good deed, not only others but for yourself too!
Don’t forget to tell me about it and how it made you feel.