The Power and Benefits of Doing Good Deeds for Other People


Why Should You Do Acts of Kindness?

Why should you do good deeds?

Whether you call it random acts of kindness, paying it forward, or good deeds, they are very powerful. That is why almost every religion and culture values and rewards the performance of good deeds. There are many benefits to doing good deeds. Some of these benefits may be very obvious to you, while you may not have considered some of the others.

Let me outline for you the many benefits of performing good deeds. I am sure you are already a very generous person. I hope that I can give you even more reasons to do even more good deeds than you currently do.

Help Someone

The smallest good deed is better than the grandest intention. Anonymous

When you do a good deed, you are, of course, helping someone. The homeless person in the photo now has food to eat, thanks to the kindness of these generous women. The person who is the receiver of a good deed or random act of kindness has gotten some help.

However, he received more than just a meal or two. In addition to getting food, he also received the message that he is important and worth helping. This good deed warms his heart as well as fills his stomach.

Help Yourself

Noble deeds and hot baths are the best cures for depression. Dodie Smith

Besides helping someone, doing a good deed warms your own heart and makes you feel good. If you are unemployed or retired, it gives you something worthwhile to do to pass the time. It is a social activity for those who may feel isolated and alone.

Helping others gives you a new perspective and keeps you from focusing on your own problems. By focusing on someone other than yourself, you are reminded that you are not the only one in the world that has problems. In fact, it is possible that there are many people out there whose problems are much worse than yours.

Kindness Boomerang

Meet Someone

A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love. Saint Basil

In the movie, Good Deeds, Wesley Deeds meets someone from outside his socioeconomic level, and gets a whole new perspective in life. When we help others, we expand the number of our contacts, and hopefully get to know how people from different walks of life live. Our worldview is expanded, and our perspective changes.

Also, the chance encounter can blossom into a friendship or a relationship, which may never have happened if we didn't look outside of our own social circle.

Go to Heaven

Good deeds from good intentions flow; but good intentions only; build for us a place below. Anonymous

There are some religions that believe that you must be a good person in order to get to heaven. This means you have to perform good deeds regularly. Whether you tithe to your religious organization or give alms to the poor, doing good deeds is a way to get to heaven for these religions.

For religions that believe in reincarnation, doing good deeds is a great way to earn some karma, in hopes of getting a more positive form in the next life.

Even the religions that don't require good deeds to go to heaven, consider it is a moral responsibility of their members to practice charitable giving.

Pay It Forward Concept

Improve Society

Authentic values are those by which a life can be lived, which can form a people that produces great deeds and thoughts. Allan Bloom

In the movie, Pay It Forward, a child came up with the idea to help three people without accepting anything in return. He would ask the recipient to pay the favor forward to three other people. These three people, in turn, would also help three other people and ask them to pay it forward. When groups of people help each other, it is bound to help society as a whole.

When there is a natural disaster, imagine how much faster the recovery would be if people helped each other instead of looting and looking out for their own self interest.

Good Deed Ideas

  • share some food
  • mow the lawn
  • babysit
  • pay a bill
  • give a hug
  • write a letter, make a phone call
  • open the door
  • carry a heavy package

Show Values

Our deeds determine us, as much as we determine our deeds. George Eliot

When you perform a good deed, there is a possibility that someone may have seen you, or may have been told about your good deed. You develop a reputation as a good moral person. Sometimes some of your other flaws are wiped out by the good deeds that you perform.

When you share your money, talents, or time with others, you may find that the rewards are so great, that you will share even more. You will be naturally become a more giving, caring, sharing and honorable person.

Teach by Example

In addition, your good deeds may influence your children and other people in your community to follow suit and do the same or similar kind of giving that you do. Without having to lecture or cajole others, simply by doing, you influence and lead others by your example.

When you participate in a community activity, or simply help someone in need, others will see or hear about your actions and be motivated to do the same.

Suze Orman - On Generosity

Make Money

It takes many good deeds to build a good reputation, and only one bad one to lose it. Benjamin Franklin

By building a reputation as an honorable person, you will feel powerful and be able to stand taller, and present yourself as someone who is worth hiring and promoting. When you are generous with others, they will, in turn, be generous with you.

You may get a tax deduction for donating to a charity. A famous person may get some free publicity by showing up at a charitable event. By donating your time, you may get some skills training, which in turn can help you in your job.

Good Deed Ideas

  • share your umbrella
  • give a compliment
  • listen
  • clean up
  • give a massage
  • teach
  • smile
  • volunteer
  • make the coffee

Make the World a Better Place

To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task. Sophocles

When you donate your time, skills, or money, you are generally doing it to make something better. Whether you help build a house, or provide library books or a school to children, or help fund research for a disease, the world is becoming a slightly better place with each donation.

As you become generous, you feel powerful and walk taller. You see the world in a more positive light. As you notice the plight of others, your perspective shifts and you don't look upon your own problems as much. The little things can be ignored, because you realize how little they truly are. Even though the world didn't really change, your perspective causes you to look at it in a better light.

But it can go even farther than that. You can lead by example to help the world become a better place that values generosity and sharing. By encouraging others to pay it forward, you can truly feel some comfort in knowing that when you ever need help, there is a good chance that there will be someone there to help you in your time of need. This allows you to take reasonable chances and walk in the world unafraid.

Pay It Forward Day

Pay it Forward

Any day is a good day to do good deeds. There is no time like the present to do something nice for someone.

There is also an annual International Pay It Forward Day that helps remind people to do so. It is on April 26 every year. The website provides lots of ideas for the different activities people are doing around the world, ideas about what you can do, business cards you can print to share the message, and a place where you can share your stories.

There are so many reasons to do good deeds that go way beyond simply helping the recipient of the deed. You may question your own motivation if you are giving for these reasons instead of giving simply for the sake of giving. I understand the questioning, since some benefits just feel ickier than others. In the end though, no matter what reasons you choose for giving, you should continue to give. Your contribution, no matter what the intention is behind it, will still help make you a better person and the world a better place.

© 2012 Shasta Matova

How Does Helping Others Help You? 48 comments

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Millionaire Tips 23 months ago from USA Author

Thank you for your insight Chaitanya. You're right, sometimes good deeds help you get along with society. Other times, we do good deeds because that is a part of who we are, it is just what we do.

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chaitanyasaivb 23 months ago from INDIA

Being in a society, It is our responsibility to do good deeds, by helping people, who needs our help. This will make us a real human being.

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Millionaire Tips 2 years ago from USA Author

peachpurple, thank you for your comment. We do want to make sure God sees us doing good deeds instead of bad ones.

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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

well one thing for sure, GOD is watching everyone's move now and then.

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Millionaire Tips 3 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Au fait for your insight, comment, vote and share. That's true, there are ample opportunities to show kindness to everyone.

Thank you sgbrown for your comment, compliment, and vote. It is easy to get busy in the hustle and bustle of daily life and forget the important things. They don't take a lot of time and make such a big difference.

Thank you Robert for your compliment, vote and share. You're very sweet.

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Robert Erich 3 years ago from California

Another great article! Every time I stop by to read one of your hubs I am thoroughly impressed and motivated. Thanks for another quality read! Voted up and shared.

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sgbrown 3 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

What a wonderful hub! I have always loved the "pay it forward" concept. What a wonderful movie that was! If we all just pay a little attention when we go out, there is always someone who could use a good deed. We tend to walk around blindly, focus on our own needs to often. If we just look, we can find a good deed that needs to be done. Voting up and awesome!

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Au fait 3 years ago from North Texas

Lots of good reasons to help people less fortunate than oneself and to basically do the right thing. Doing good doesn't 'save' you, but it does show that you are a child of God and that you are in fact already 'saved.' (You will know them by their deeds.) This is a time in our world's history when there are more than ample opportunities to practice random acts of kindness, so I hope everyone will take advantage and go out and do as many good deeds as they can every day.

Voted up and useful. Will share with my followers.

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you CloudExplorer for your comment, insight, vote and share. Doing good deeds makes us feel good and could make the world a better place.

Thank you CathySue. There is a day to observe practically everything, and while good deeds should be performed every day, a special day makes the impact more noticeable.

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cathysue5924 4 years ago from USA

Great article. I enjoyed reading it and I've always been a fan of Suze Orman. I didn't know it was an international day of observance. I try to give as much as I can in as many ways as I can. I've already missed to much in life to not show graditude, to not give back to others. May just be a kind word to someone, tithes or gifting to others...whatever the act of kindness is, it is always a warm gesture from the heart that counts. Again I really enjoyed this article.

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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Powerful hub here, oh yes good deeds is definitely something I fully comprehend, and it's a universal truth actually.

Your hub has fully expressed the love emotion as well, the pay it forward concept was beautiful to use a s an example here Millionaire Tips.

I loved that movie so much, and I always helped people as a child, but never knew why I had, it just felt right and so in adulthood its increased as well.

This is something everyone should read, and learn to apply to their life if they never thought about the truest benefits to that of all humanity if we all learn to do good deeds for each other worldwide.

Bravo! thumbs up and getting shared everywhere possible by me.

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Wendell, a lot of people do try to practice this, but you're right, just imagine the impact we would all make as a world community if everyone tried to look out for the others to help them out.

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Cyndi - I hadn't thought of that as a quote, but I guess I would almost want to change it to every day is a good day to do good deeds. Thanks for the share.

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you whounuwho - that's true, it is truly one of our best human values.

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Christy! Thank you for doing a good deed to share my hub. I appreciate your kindness - it certainly has helped me.

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Wendell Patterson 4 years ago from Alabama

So true, this world would be a much better place if everyone practiced the act of giving with regularity.

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Cyndi10 4 years ago from Georgia

Hi, I like "any day is a good day to do good deeds." Almost a tongue twister, but certainly words to live by. Well done. Sharing this.

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whonunuwho 4 years ago from United States

Thanks Millionaire Tips, this is a wonderful hub and should be shared with everyone. We demonstrate the best in human values when we share and do good for others.

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ChristyWrites 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I am back for a second read of this hub and will share today on Google+ and with my followers. Good deeds really do as much positively for us as they do for those people we help.

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you talfonso. Volunteering is a great way to help your business, since you can meet people from different walks of life. These people can help you by being customers, or provide the networking contacts to get supplies and other resources and support for your business.

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talfonso 4 years ago from Tampa Bay, FL

I'm planning to volunteer, and I had even before I read this wonderful Hub! I think that doing a good deed while meeting people can help me with my business.

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you eye say. I hope the sunshine continues to shine on you forever.

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eye say 4 years ago from Canada

great topic, great energy to put out into the world, I can feel the sunshine from here! thanks for sharing.

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you dilipchandra12. I am glad you liked it.

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dilipchandra12 4 years ago from India

Impressive and beautiful hub. Am glad to read this good hub.

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you ishwaryaa22. I appreciate the vote, comment, and the share. I just found about International Pay it Forward Day while doing research for this hub - I'm glad to pass the message on.

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ishwaryaa22 4 years ago from Chennai, India

What a thoughtful and considerate hub on good deeds! I agree with you that helping others is very good and also help ourselves by forgetting about our own problems! As a result, the world would be a better place. Thank you for bringing Pay it Forward Day into light - I have not heard about it till now through you!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, awesome & beautiful. Voted up and Socially shared.

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

I agree Sally's Trove - the hubs do complement each other.

Green Lotus, that's true, sometimes we need to be reminded until it becomes a part of our nature, and even then a little reminder now and then doesn't hurt. Thank you for commenting.

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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

Beautiful hub. You can never be reminded to be generous. too many times! Voted up.

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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

Thank you, Millionaire Tips, for linking back to my hub on charitable giving. I think our views complement each other well.

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

jenniferg78, yes I understood / understand your point. It is good to give for the sake of giving alone. Sally's Trove has presented her motivations for giving in her hub and I will be modifying my hub to bring up that topic. Thank you Sally's Trove and jenniferg76.

Thank you SanneL, I wasn't thinking of this hub as being an act of giving, but I guess in a way it is. Thanks for helping me see it that way.

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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

I had written a hub on charitable giving quite a while ago. My purpose was to question motives for giving, specifically my own. Your hub here is an exemplary examination of the true meaning of charity, and I linked to it from my hub. Voted up, up, up!

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SanneL 4 years ago from Sweden

What a beautiful hub! To be kind and compassionate to others and to help people or animals in need, a helping hand, that's what life is all about. You have done a good deed by writing and sharing this wonderful and caring story. Thank you!

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jenniferg78 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

Millionaire Tips, firstly thanks for your response. Secondly, that was the point I was trying to get across. You should give not because you have to, are told to or have an incentive to, but because you WANT to.

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you for your insight jenniferg78. I agree, giving is a form of love, and it is there are many rewards that come from it, whether it is to make you feel better about yourself, gain a new perspective, or going to heaven. It would be nice if people didn't need an incentive to share of themselves, but it is good that there are so many benefits of performing good deeds.

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you teaches12345, Sunita-Sharma and AudreyHowitt. teaches, I haven't seen the movie yet, but you're right it does look interesting. Sunita, I agree, actions do speak louder than words. Audrey, me too, I can just imagine the ripple effects from the pay it forward concept.

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Linda, ruchira and GoodLady.

Linda, you're right, these good deeds must be done without expectations.

Ruchira, I added karma and reincarnation to the religion section. Thank you for your insight.

GoodLady, I haven't been including my links in the forum like I should, but I did add this one. Thanks for the reminder.

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jenniferg78 4 years ago from Philadelphia, PA

Giving is a form of love in my opinion. If you give you should give not because someone tells you too or you are going to be recognized for it or the premise of going to heaven. You should give because you want to, because you have and you are able to give.

If you were in a situation where you didn't have, you would want people to give to you, to help you out.

Whoever you are, there is always someone who is poorer and there is always someone who is richer.

No matter what you give, big or small, money, food, helping an old woman across the street, your time or even a kind word, giving is the most rewarding thing a person can do for themselves and if you give you will see that your outlook completely changes. There are unfortunately so many people out there who need the help of others, what's 1 hour out of your week to go help out in the local soup kitchen, or the hospital. Whatever you are able to do, if you feel that you can, just do it!

Thanks for the Hub!

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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

We should all remember to extend our compassion to others--I love the pay it forward concept!

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Sunita-Sharma 4 years ago from Los Angeles,California,US

I believe that the hands that help are holier than the lips that pray!Good deeds make up what we are...when we die,we are judged on our deeds.For me doing good deeds gives me self-confidence.Great hub!

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teaches12345 4 years ago

I am going to have to see Good Deeds, it looks like a wonderful movie and the theme is inspiring. If we could all just do a one good deed while we are out and about our business, it would help people to spread the kindness. Thanks for sharing this important message. Voted up, awesome, and interesting.

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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

What a great answer to the question! Loved it all and also the videos. It was an extremely helpful Hub; the explaining of 'giving' as a two-way, powerfully beneficial virtue.

You could have thread it through the Forum's recent contest! Is it too late?

Best wishes. Thanks


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

good one Shasta. Good deeds sure are POWER packed and they help fill up our piggy bank of good karma's :)

voted up and sharing!

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Bill. Either way you say it, I appreciate the concurrence. (Ok, I had to have spellcheck's help on that!) I did not know that was a part of AA, but it makes complete sense to me. Thanks for your insight. I would love it if you shared it. That would be your good deed to me. I'll be sure to pay it forward!

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Millionaire Tips 4 years ago from USA Author

Thank you Steph for your visit and comment. I would love it if you shared it with your class. That certainly is paying it forward in a very big way!

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

Amen and I totally agree. You know you've done a good deed when your heart is happy. Not expecting or receiving anything in return is a bonus. Do because you want to. Excellent hub!!

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

I love this and concur completely...or is that completely concur? I'll have to ask Cyndi! :) Your words are true and hopefully someone will learn from them. We are taught in AA that it is our responsibility to do service to others as a way of getting out of ourselves and learning humility in the process. Excellent hub and if you don't mind I'm going to share it.

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stephhicks68 4 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Lots of wonderful ways to do good deeds and help others. I didn't know about Pay it Forward Day! We will put it on our calendar and I plan on brainstorming helpful things I can do with my kids that day (and other days!) Best, Steph

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