Doing good for others has some pretty nice benefits for you.
Performing simple acts of kindness and compassion will make your life more enjoyable, satisfying and complete.
If you want to live a truly great life, then perform sincere acts of kindness without expecting anything in return.
Trust me, the benefits will come. They just can’t be the primary reason for your actions.
Three Ways Doing Good Benefits You
“It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
This old world could use a few more people willing to help others when they need it most. I think we all know that Emerson’s quote above is true, but maybe a little reminding of exactly how doing good will benefit you (even though this shouldn’t be the primary motivation) will serve as inspiration.
Here are three ways doing good will benefit you:
1. What Goes Around Comes Around
As the quote above states, it is really impossible to help someone else without helping yourself. When you do good, you feel good. I’ve experienced this many times myself. I don’t know exactly why, but I know that if I volunteer my time or perform some other good deed, I walk away with a deep sense of satisfaction and joy.
Also, when you freely give to others, it is more likely that they will reciprocate when you need a favor or some help yourself. It is just human nature. When someone helps us, we feel indebted to that person. Therefore, in a sense, when we help others, we are storing up in them goodwill toward us. This is a nice side benefit.
2. Gives You a Greater Sense of Self-Worth
When you help someone else in need, it gives you an increased sense of self-worth. You learn that you can make a difference. This is an important acknowledgement that can really make you feel good about yourself and your capabilities. After all, if you can truly help someone, then you have a tremendous value to offer the world. Of course, we all have something to offer so this works for everyone.
Hopefully, this increased feeling of self-worth will propel you to do even more good deeds. As you do, you will begin a cycle of positive emotions and actions that will become a rich and rewarding life.
3. Relieves Boredom and Promotes Gratitude
The best cure for feelings of boredom, stagnation and lack of fulfillment is to reach out and help another human being that is less fortunate than yourself. In fact, this therapy is so effective that it will heal your symptoms overnight. I challenge you to give this a try and see if I’m not right.
In addition, to serving as a remedy for boredom, doing good will also make you feel more grateful for what you have. It makes you keenly aware of just how blessed you are to have all you do. Practicing gratitude is a key contributor to real happiness. Therefore, doing good makes you happy.
Doing Good Benefits You and Others
Bottom line, the beauty of doing good is that it helps others and you at the same time. It is a true win-win. You just can’t help others without helping yourself in the process. If you want to make a big improvement in your life, then get out there and help someone else. It isn’t hard to find an opportunity. The world is full of needs that you can meet. Go do some good today!
Join the 31 Days of Kindness Project
Need a little inspiration to help you get started with kindness?
You can download a FREE copy of A Manifesto for Making Kindness a Daily Habit.
This free guide was compiled by Alex over at The Bridge Maker as part of his 31 Days of Kindness Project that starts today. In it, you will find 132 ideas from 29 talented bloggers for simple acts of kindness.
Alex is challenging us to perform one kind act per day for the entire month of March. I think this is a wonderful project and that is why I’m helping to promote it. Ah-ha! I’ve performed my one simple act of kindness for today by sharing Alex’s free manifesto with you.
I hope you will download the guide and join in spreading kindess around the world. Remember, it will benefit you and others too!
Have you experienced the benefits of doing good? If so, share what you’ve learned by leaving a comment below.
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