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.
“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 down the street has food to eat, thanks to the kindness of various passer-byers. 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.
“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.
“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.
Governments, international organizations and individuals have joined hands to give aid, comfort and hope to the people whose lives had been shattered by an storm, a disease, a cause, etc.
There is a line, however, between genuine charity work and publicity hype that individuals sometimes cross. And when they do, good taste flies out the window.
Ordinary people like you and I who do not make millions of dollars a year or live in a big house, also help people on the scale that big named celebrities does, but those people are not called humanitarians because they know they are and it does not need to be recognized for the deed is bigger than the recognition.
I am one of those people you described…I am a humanitarian. If you do those things you too are a humanitarian. Why do you think everything has to be large scale to be a humanitarian? I can’t give millions of dollars but I have raised enough to change a life. I cannot afford to travel those places yet but I can send supplies. I cannot change the world but I can change a few opinions and I do so for the good of mankind…and in doing so, I am a humanitarian.
Being a humanitarian is not something you have to risk your life for. It is putting the good of human kind before your own selfishness…