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10 Good Deed Ideas That You Can Do Today!

Updated on June 27, 2017
You have to take action to do a good deed
You have to take action to do a good deed

Good deeds have the double benefit of helping the intended recipient—and making the doer feel good, as well.

What is a good deed? Well, it's the simple act of doing something kind for someone else, an animal, or the Earth. I'm not sure how many people would add those last two in, but I know that a good deed does not stop at the person next to you.

So, to get right on with it. This is an article that will share ideas for good deeds to help you get started spreading around your goodness. If you have additional ideas to share, please leave them in the comments section below.

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10 Ideas for Good Deeds

Sometimes, it can be hard to be kind to other people. Many people are so arrogant and self-centered that you may think, "Why would I ever want to do a good deed for them?" Well, even if you don't get any appreciation back, you will still feel good about the act. You will still be putting good energy into the universe - and that can only benefit you in the long run.

This list is meant to get the ball rolling on your own personal good deeds. Once you start thinking in 'good deed mode' you will notice that there are many things you can do every day.

1. Offer an Unexpected Smile - This is a simple act that can change someone's day. If a grumpy, angry, or upset person offers you a frown, offer them a smile. Often, this simple smile can cause them to feel better. In fact, many people mirror other people instinctively, and if you offer a smile they may instinctively smile, as well. And we all know that a smile can make us feel better, no matter what kind of mood we are in.

2. Give a Compliment - I find that many people are hardwired not to give compliments, even to their best friends or family members. It's as though a compliment will detract from their greatness, but this is not true. If you give someone a compliment for a job well done, you will not be detracting for the awesomeness that is you - instead, you will be adding to it and making someone else feel good at the same time.

3. Recycle What You Can - There is no excuse not to recycle anymore. Everywhere you look there are bins and bags to recycle in. Plus, every day that you recycle, you are doing a good deed for the Earth and EVERYONE and EVERY LIVING THING on it! You can't reach too many more people with one good deed than that! Maybe you are even impacting people in other words...just saying - you don't know!

Good Deed: Make The World a Better Place!
Good Deed: Make The World a Better Place!

4. Spare Some Change - Almost every day you will have an opportunity to do good deeds involving money. The homeless man or woman on the street, the old woman in the grocery line who is short 60 cents, and the kid who wants that extra piece of candy but doesn't have the extra few cents to buy it. If you got some extra change doing nothing in your pocket, you might as well do a good deed with it.

5. Let Someone Else Go First - It seems that we as a society have become so rushed that we are constantly trying to cut each other off with our cars and with our bodies. And not many of us give way to someone else when they are trying to cut us off.

But think of it like this, if someone is trying to get ahead of you, then they may have a real good reason like:

  • A sick loved one that they are trying to get to.
  • An important meeting that could make or break their career.
  • Something else that they don't have time to stop and talk about with you.

Letting people go ahead is a good deed that becomes addictive, because not only do you give others a chance to get on with their day, you also feel more relaxed because you are not in such a hurry with yours.

6. Help Someone Getting Bullied - Bullying with kids and online has been in the news a lot lately, but bullying happens all over the place including the workplace and even just out and about during the day. I've seen people being yelled at by bullies for stupid reasons - and I do mean stupid - as I'm sure you have as well.

The person being bullied likely feels alone in their struggle, and since bullies tend to have a dominant personality, you standing beside someone who has a less dominate energy can help dilute the energy and stop the bullying from happening.

This doesn't mean that you should become the bully, but it does mean that you should stand by someone who is getting bullied and take part in making their day better.

7. Give Your Pet Some Extra Love - Yes, I consider this a very good deed. Actually I consider this an excellent good deed. Pets need love and lots of it, and since you took on the responsibility of caring for their lives, you are the ultimate person to do a good deed for your pet.

You can take your dog for a walk, play some games with them, teach them a new trick and get their mind working, give them an extra treat for the day, or just hug them extra long for the day. Whatever you do, choose something that will please your pet.

Really? You are going to do a good deed for me?!
Really? You are going to do a good deed for me?! | Source

8. Hold That Door/Elevator! - How many times have you been walking through a door with your hands full and had it slam into your arm? This happen to a lot of people every day.

Chances are that if you are walking through a door, then someone else will not be too far behind you. Take a second to be aware of the people around you and hold the door open for all people who coming in.

Same goes for the elevator. If you are one of those people who hits the 'door close' button over and over while someone is running towards the door, then try a change and hold the 'door open' button. You will make someones day, and you will feel better about yourself if you do. It's such a simple good deed!

9. Spread The Word - This applies to online and offline business and organizations. Most of them require people to spread the word about them in order to succeed. Even articles (such as this) can benefit greatly from the share buttons that Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest provide. If I like something, I share it. I want them to succeed, because - hey, I like them!

Don't hide all the good things for yourself or deny people your approval because you are jealous of their success, share the love!

Good Deed: Share Content Online
Good Deed: Share Content Online

10. Have Patience With Stressful People - This is not only a good deed for the person you are exhibiting patience towards, but it is also a good deed for yourself! Imagine that, a good deed for yourself!

For example, when someone is purposely trying to push your buttons by doing something annoying, stupid, or rude, you can choose to act with patience and understanding instead of anger. This will benefit you by keeping your blood pressure low and your stress levels low, as well, which we know are two health issues that many people are suffering from today.

Really this point on patience could be a whole article in itself as to why it is a good deed to you and others around you. I will let you come up with your own reasons for now.

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      sonu 16 months ago

      really gud ideas!!!!!

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      Letha 20 months ago

      Great article! I really love the one pertaining to patience. I've had to use that a great deal lately. I was very encouraged by this article. The dog picture is hilarious.

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      Kari 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      According to Kenan Thompson, there is a Sump'n Claus - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jWnP2jO06gc Unfortunately, you can only watch it if you live in the United States, so I guess he is a little biased no matter what he says...

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      peachy 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Better start smiling andgive way before santa comes

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      Kari 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      @aesta1 - Then you should read Motivation Manifesto by Brendan Burchard, it will help you get the motivation to move past your fears and make this world a better place. Here's a review of the book: http://behappytips.com/motivation-manifesto-can-br...

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My husband does this often. I am more hesitant because of my fears. Great reminders.

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      Kari 3 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Mark: I find, too, that when my ego gets in the way, it is time to do a good deed - especially when I feel mad or upset towards someone. Doing a good deed towards them helps me to feel better and it works much better for a relationship than pouting or shooting angry glares.

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      Mark Tulin 3 years ago from Santa Barbara, California

      I really like this topic. The act of good deeds creates kindness and it also accumulates good Karma for you. Just the simple act of moving to the side to let someone pass you on the sidewalk is a good deed. Thinking before you speak and asking yourself: Are my words going to be helpful to this person or make them feel bad?

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      Dr. Gary L. Sidley 3 years ago from Lancashire, England

      Interesting hub - voted up.

      Research has shown that spontaneous acts of kindness promote positive mental wellbeing in the person doing the giving. Western society's would do well to end their obsession with "treating" dubious "mental illnesses" and focus our resources on enhancing mental wellbeing within our societies. Spontaneous acts of kindness would be one element to this approach.

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      Kari 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I see more and more people engaging in good deeds everyday; I think we are taking a turn back towards the way we were because as a whole, society is realizing that we have to care for each other and look out for one another. Thanks fo the comment Avinesh!

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      Avinesh Prahladi 4 years ago from Chandigarh

      WOW !! I really enjoyed reading this hub. The points that you have mentioned are certainly the good deed ideas, but sadly nobody wants to follow these. I don't know why but people have stopped being nice to each other. It's hard to believe that how jealousy have gained prominence in our modern society. According to me the main problem is the EGO that is hurting our society.

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      Kari 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I agree hellboy. It is better to give without expectations.

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      Hellboy 4 years ago

      i often do my bit for people who really need help But Don't ask for it. helping someone and expecting nothing in return gives me immense happiness :-)

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      Kari 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      That's sweet Robert!

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      Robert 4 years ago

      I randomly give out flowersit makes the girls feel really good it makes their day I like doing good deeds

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      Kari 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      @ienjoythis - It's so true! There are the grouches who don't smile back (I seem to pass them on my walk everyday); however, I would rather smile at them and be a positive part of their day than give them a dirty look or ignore them.

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      Marissa D. Carnahan 4 years ago from Nevada

      Your writing is difficult to stop reading - very nice! And I love this! Especially the unexpected smile. More often than not, if you smile at someone in passing, they will smile right back. What better way to be kind and show good will.

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      Kari 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Exactly gg! Thanks for commenting!

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      Kari 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Agreed iguide!

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      iguidenetwork 5 years ago from Austin, TX

      I like this hub. Life is short, so we should make the most of it by doing good deeds. :)

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      FullOfLoveSites 5 years ago from United States

      Great hub and great tips. Certainly this will lighten most anybody's day.

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      Kari 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Thanks Mel - Your right, a good deed can be a HUGE thing in someone else's day even if they don't express gratitude or a positive emotion up front. Like you said, we just never know!

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      Melanie Chisnall 5 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

      Terrific advice you've listed here! Making someone else's day with an unexpected smile, or letting them go in front of you at the traffic circle or even in the queue at the shop - is such a small thing. But, it can be a big thing in someone else's day - we really don't know what everyone else is going through, and if a few seconds can make a difference, why not?

      Thanks for this - great hub! Voted up and sharing :)

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      Kari 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Thanks (times 5) for leaving your comment and sharing if you did. These really are so easy, and the more you do them, the more of a habit the become.

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      Mary Strain 5 years ago from The Shire

      Good advice and a public service. Pay it forward!

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      Victoria Lynn 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Awesome--Most of these are so easy! There's no excuse not to do them. I voted up and everything but funny. Great hub. Sharing!

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      Deborah Neyens 5 years ago from Iowa

      What great ideas. I try to do at least one good deed a day. I will share this.

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      DK 5 years ago from London

      Pinned, voted and shared :) A good feel good hub!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great suggestions, ones that should happen naturally, but everyone needs a reminder. Love the picture of the dog. :)