Sunday, October 21, 2012
12 Days of Optimism, Day 11: Good Deeds
"I promise myself...to think well of myself and to proclaim this fact to the world, not in loud words, but in great deeds."
One of the greatest things you can do to make yourself feel happy and show the world how good you feel about yourself is to help others. This can be as simple as holding the door open for someone, letting someone pass on the highway, or cleaning the kitchen up for your spouse after they are done cooking a meal for you both. It can also mean going to volunteer at your favorite charity or local organization. It is doing something that takes time to help the needs of another.
Doing great deeds shows those around you that you are a giving person who values the world we all live in and the happiness of others as much as your own. I challenge you to find a local group or organization that you can volunteer to help with for as little as once a month. Go donate stuff to the Goodwill which you no longer use. Recycle, or start a recycling program in your apartment complex. Help serve food at a soup kitchen. Take tickets and admission at a local fair or event. Help set up a community event. The opportunities are endless. But I can guarantee not only will you shine as someone who is happy with their life, you will make someone else happy which is one of the greatest rewards on earth, greater than any material thing.
"Fashion your life as a garland of beautiful deeds." - Buddha