Do you have a way that you choose to live life? Maybe by a motto or a belief? The saying “Do good, feel good” is spreading, and people are beginning to live their life by it.
The concept of the “do good, feel good” phenomenon is that someone’s mood is heightened and they are happier after doing a good deed, like helping others or doing community service. This positive feeling acts as a motivation to continue to keep good things, and spread the joy amongst others.
You may be familiar with the Pay It Forward movement, which is to respond to a person’s kindness to oneself by being kind to someone else. There are a lot of commonalities between the “pay it forward” and “do good, feel good” trend.
When it comes to the “pay it forward” movement, people often do between one and three good deeds for others without asking for anything in return. If those receiving the good deeds question or wonder about the motive, they should be instructed to pay it forward to someone else in need.
Pay It Forward cards are available to be handed out to each recipient, explaining what it is all about. On the back of the card, there are 24 boxes that are to be checked off as the card travels from person to person. Each box represents a good deed done by someone else!
So how do you start living a “do good, feel good” lifestyle?
If you need a pick-me-up, one of the best ways to start feeling better is by doing something good for someone else and giving back!
6 Easy Ways to “Do Good”
- Pay for the food or drink for the person behind you. Picking up the tab for someone’s morning coffee could be the best way to start your day – and could perk them up more than the coffee ever could!
- Hand over your umbrella to someone who needs one! You might get a bit wet from the rain, but you’ll feel great knowing you helped someone stay dry!
- Tell the manager of a restaurant how great your server was! Give the recognition a hard-working waiter or waitress deserves by telling their manager how good the service was.
- Visit an elderly neighbor’s house and ask if they need help with anything. Just simply changing a lightbulb or unclogging a drain could make a stark difference to them.
- Offer to wash a neighbor’s car while washing your own! You’ve already got the soap and hose out – give your neighbor a helping hand!
- Buy an extra meal at the drive-thru for the homeless person you see on your way to work each day. That hamburger could be the only thing they eat that day.
Obviously, the point of doing good isn’t just to make yourself feel better – but it sure is a perk! This positive energy that people get from doing good and receiving good from others is contagious. This cycle can spark generosity and kindness in others.
To learn how to get started giving back, click here.
With the thought of “do good, feel good” being a movement, the ultimate goal is for everyone to start living this good deed lifestyle. Imagine if everyone offered to help, contribute, or assist someone in need or just not expecting it. The world would be a much better place!