When you do good things for people, you experience a great deal of gratification.
When I receive an email from someone explaining how much one of my articles helped them, the feeling is priceless.
Every article I publish on this blog is a good deed.
What makes it a good deed?
The fact that I don’t ask for anything in return, the content provides value, and most importantly it’s FREE!
There are countless ways to do a good deed: You can help someone carry something into their car, pay for someone’s coffee at Starbucks, help an elderly person cross the street, and so on.
Below are 3 reasons why you should do one good deed per week for the rest of your life.
1) You get what you give
In one of my favorite books on success, The Strangest Secret, Earl Nightingale explains how you get what you give.
In other words, your returns in life are a reflection of how much you give to others.
The returns might not always come from people you help, but they inevitably come back to you from somewhere.
With that said, don’t think that by paying for someone’s coffee today, someone will buy you lunch tomorrow…it doesn’t work that way.
Remember, your job is to give as much as possible without expecting anything in return.
However, rest assured that you will receive a lot in return.
As an example, when I first started this blog, I didn’t make a single penny.
For a long time, my profits were ZERO.
It’s not that I didn’t want to make money, I did, but I understood the law of giving to receive.
Therefore, my only goal was to work hard and help others.
All I did was create content that I knew would help people.
This blog currently has 377 FREE articles that help people all over the world daily.
Every week I help thousands of people who find my blog by searching the internet for a solution to a problem, and by responding to emails I receive from readers.
But you don’t need to build a blog like mine to fulfill your good deed for the week.
Simply make it a priority to help someone without demanding anything in return.
2) You never know who you might help
The reality is that you never know who you might help.
You might help someone who’s going through a tough time and could really use being acknowledged.
Something as simple as helping someone makes them feel valued and supported.
On the other hand, you might help someone who can help you in a big way.
For example, I once walked into a Mail Boxes Etc. to ship a package.
While waiting in line, there was a lady thinking out loud contemplating what size box she needed to ship a gift for her daughter.
I explained that since her gift was already packaged, that a small box would do since no bubble wrap or other protection would be necessary.
To make a long story short, the store manager overheard the conversation and asked me if I was interested in a part-time job.
I declined the offer because I had a job at the time, so he gave me a 10% discount instead.
Are you beginning to see how helping others can open doors for you?
Instead of standing there just looking at my phone like most people these days, I helped someone.
It wasn’t my job to help the lady, I didn’t know her and I didn’t work there.
But, I decided to anyways without expecting anything in return.
3) Make the world a better place
Doing a good deed for someone influences that person to do the same.
In one of the best books on persuading people to take the action you want, Influence, Robert Cialdini has a whole chapter devoted to reciprocation.
“One of the reasons reciprocation can be used so effectively as a device
for gaining another’s compliance is its power. The rule possesses awesome
strength, often producing a “yes” response to a request that, except
for an existing feeling of indebtedness, would have surely been refused”
When you’re generous and helpful towards others, they can’t help but reciprocate those feelings of appreciation and generosity.
Like Robert Cialdini mentioned, they feel indebted.
Your one good deed has the potential to spread fast like wild fire.
By the end of the day, thanks to you, many people can be impacted in a positive way.
That’s the power of good deeds, and it’s the reason why you should do one per week for the rest of your life.
Do so and you will be rewarded.
There’s no way you won’t be for this is a law and what you put out must be returned to you at some point.