Whether we think about it, or even realise it, we are selective about a lot of things. We’re selective about what we eat, how we spend our time, how we spend our money. We’re even selective about our deeds.
Perhaps we should consciously start to ask ourselves why we’re selective about those things. Selective deeds must be purpose-based, we should strive to prioritise good deeds.
We should be here to help others so that when we’re no longer around, we’ve made a difference. Good deeds show we have empathy and compassion: that we have integrity and that we want to be good people.
We will always make a positive impact when we do good deeds. The saying that ‘it’s better to give than to receive’ is right. Researchers in the United States now say that giving to charity, or spending money on others, makes us feel better, more than if we were to buy things for ourselves. Therefore, helping others is beneficial for our own mental and physical health. (Source: https://positivepsychologyprogram.com)
When we help others, we are promoting physiological changes in the brain that are associated with happiness. Long-term, these feelings are followed by longer periods of calm that lead to better health and wellbeing.
Helping others distracts us from our own problems, encourages us to lead a more active life, and improves self-esteem and confidence, which in turn, improves competence. It also allows us to engage in meaningful activities and helps us improve social support to our community.
A good deed has a positive impact on our perceptions, which gives us a more positive outlook on life. Helping those who are less fortunate makes us realise how lucky we are and stops us from focusing on ourselves.
Good deeds promote positive emotions and help us reduce stress. Reducing stress boosts immunity, protecting us from disease.