self growth

The Power of Doing Good

Happiness, health, prosperity, peace, a better world for our children – we all want the same things in life. The key to these lies within us, and a transformation can happen in all of us if we focus on good. By choosing to think good, speak good and do good, you can find your place in the world.

Think good, speak good, do Good

With life dishing out trials and tribulations to us all, we should put our focus and come up with creative solutions, both individually and collectively, while also taking into account our potential impact on others and the planet.

If we choose to concentrate on good thoughts, communicate positively with others and act out our goodness by doing good deeds for the benefit of others, each one of us will be transformed from the inside. Driven by the power of goodness, we can make extraordinary things happen.

Think good, speak good, and do good is a life changing motto. It can lead us on a personal journey, filled with opportunities to connect and activate our own goodness. This immediately resonates outwards touching all aspects of life, creating positive change along its path.

Activate your goodness

Doing good deeds is simple. It only takes a small act of kindness, of any sort.  When we do good, we feel good, and are uplifted personally. This ripples out to the world in ever-expanding circles.

My life-long desire is to inspire people to focus on good. This motivated me to write the book Activate Your Goodness, filled with personal stories and those of others around the world. It is a practical guide that gives tools for making a positive difference. I dedicated this book to every individual who goes out and does good deeds for the benefit of others.

Passionately embracing good and actively engaging in it can become the norm in our lives, allowing a true transformation to really take place.

Each and every person counts

We all have a part to play in our collective future, and each and every one of us can do something for the benefit of others. To make a positive change, start with your own self, connect to your own uniqueness and personal goodwill. Then take responsibility and care about those around you, extending out to all circles of life.

Collectively, our individual acts of kindness create a critical mass of goodness that brings positive change in the world on all levels, for people, society and the planet.

No matter the size of the gesture, be it a smile that brightens someone else’s day or volunteering for a cause, you can find the act of doing good you want to do, according to your own heart’s desire. As more and more people join in and do their part in the way that’s closest to their hearts, the circles of good grow in the world.

I have been privileged to operate through the platforms of business and philanthropy, but it is the smallest acts of kindness that truly have a lasting effect. To encourage good deeds I initiated Good Deeds Day, where hundreds of thousands worldwide join in and give of themselves for the benefit of others.

Every year in March, people from all walks of life, any age or religion, partner together on Good Deeds Day to spruce up neighborhoods, clean beaches, visit with the elderly, or do simple acts of doing good, such as baking cakes for children who cannot afford a birthday cake, or offering a seat to others on the bus. A critical mass united around good is created on this day, and this annual tradition of giving also demonstrates how our world can look all year round.

Doing Good

Goodness by its very nature is more subtle, soft, and quiet. But love and compassion are alive and every day is a new awakening in finding your own unique way, to give from a genuinely positive place and also receive graciously. Just imagine the impact if everyone chose to come on board and consciously think good, speak good, and do good.

The beautiful thing about doing good, is that it doesn’t matter where you live or go to school, if you are a farmer or a teacher, which cultural group you belong to or the past you have. Doing good holds the power to liberate you from the old and help you find your place, in a way that is most inspiring, empowering and life-enriching.

Good as a first priority allows more and more people to discover and express their authentic true selves. In revealing our uniqueness through good, we create a new reality that emphasizes universal humane values, boosting growth and happiness to all.

The time is now, it is up to each and every one of us to replace our old patterns, and realize that everyone is capable of making a huge difference.

Each and every one of us can do good.

 

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Shari Arison is an American-Israeli, and the owner of the Arison Group, that fuses values-led businesses and philanthropic organizations. She leads commercial and social investments in 38 countries across 5 continents, with 27,000 employees. 

FORBES magazine repeatedly ranked Shari Arison as one of the World’s Most Powerful Women (2011, 2012), and as the World’s 2ndGreenest Billionaire (2010), acknowledging her commitment to strategic value creation for positive, game-changing environmental, economic and social outcomes.

Most significantly, to encourage goodness on all levels of society and in business, Ms. Arison initiated an annual day of service,Good Deeds Day, where people, businesses and organizations do good deeds for the benefit of others. Starting out in 2007 in Israel, last year Good Deeds Day received international involvement, with 250,000 participants in Israel and thousands more in 50 countries worldwide.

Check out Shari’s new book, the critically acclaimed,  Activate Your Goodness – Transforming the World through Doing Good

 

  • http://www.danerickson.net/ Dan Erickson

    Doing good can also come in a variety of expression.  Some volunteer.  Some are always helpful. Some speak kindly.  Some are creative.  I use the power of good in creative endeavors: writing, music, poetry.  Sharing creative works, especially those that have depth and meaning and resonate with others is ultimately good.

  • http://www.screwthesystemnow.com/ ScrewtheSystemJoe

    It’s ironic, but doing good and operating with integrity is actually revolutionary.
    The thing that we’re all taught to do in school, yet believe has no practical value in the ‘real world’ of business and work, is actually the quality that can affect great change.
    I remember somebody i used to work for saying, ‘You’ll never go far in this business because you’re too honest.’ However, in the end, I set up for myself and found that a lot of people that used to do business with his company came over to mine. The reason? I was straight down the line with them and honest and good in my approach. 
    Doing good does work, it just takes a little more time to reap the benefits.    

  • http://www.theconfidencelounge.com/ Aaron Morton

    I think people are ultimately good but have potential for bad. Given the right environment we can all be bad and a large array of studies have shown we don’t do good less prompted by others (the passer by studies being one). 

    I liked the article, but feel choosing good is not always a default behaviour to take. Humans act to a certain level on our own self-interest and is something that has to be taken into consideration. But setting foundations up where the intention of everyone to do good is a great platform to start.

    Aaron Morton
    http://www.theconfidencelounge.com

  • Esalrin

    You can’t do all the good the world needs, but the world needs all the good you can do. 

  • http://www.passiveproductive.com/ Sam Matla

    This is an awesome post, very inspiring. I think people have this idea that doing good
    deeds is supposed to be hard. It isn’t, and I believe it’s about the small
    consistent things. A large number of small good deeds will overpower a single
    big one.

    There’s opportunities everywhere! Thanks for the post :)

  • http://twitter.com/GrowthGuided Growth Guided

    One of the best things about doing good deeds from a selfish perspective is that it interrupts our own mental story (usually fear based) for a few minutes to add a little blessing and smile to the day. So if you have a difficulty giving a helping hand to less fortunate, think of it as a benefit to yourself as well to justify the experience !

  • http://halinagoldstein.com/blog Halina Goldstein

    This is a beautiful and a powerful invitation. And also thought-provoking. Because, accidentally, I just came here from another blog, written by a recent widow in the midst of an emotional storm. I wonder how she would feel about this invitation?

    She would certainly WANT to do good. We all do, really. But then, thinking good and speaking good when she’s in the midst of what she experiences as the complete breakdown of her entire life, a merciless tsunami, is not really an option for her. Not for most of other women and men in a similar situation. Not for most of us.

    So sometimes doing good is just allowing yourself to be where you are. Allow yourself to think whatever you think and speak whatever you speak – because you have no choice. Have compassion with yourself.

    From there, strangely, the good arises without us even trying. This is a loving universe after all, and we are part of it.

    Thank you!