If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you’ll know that I’m quite passionate about positivity and being a positive presence and force in this world.
Whether that’s being a leader of a whole, world-changing movement, or simply practicing kindness & compassion with those around us, I believe in being as positive of a presence as you can. If you’re living and breathing, your presence affects others – so I’d personally like to make mine a consciously positive one.
In fact, that’s partly why I created my monthly Stories For A Smile series.
Because not only do these stories remind us of the good that there is in the world, it can also inspire us to do good ourselves. Even in simple & small ways.
But, I’ll have to admit, I could be better at this.
I’m painfully aware of the many times I have let an opportunity to help someone pass me by, without asking that person if I could be of use.
Even with small things, such as if someone was carrying too many bags and was struggling getting to their car, or if someone was looking a little lost in a public place and unsure of where to head. Out of fear or disregard, I wouldn’t take the initiative to at least ask if they needed help.
That hasn’t been sitting right with me recently, so I’ve been surely but slowly seizing opportunities to help someone, when the opportunities present themselves to me.
But I also want to take it a step further and actually put more action behind my words.
And how am I going to do that exactly?
By taking part in Good Deeds Day!
A Bit About Good Deeds Day
Good Deeds Day is an international movement where people all over the world, commit to doing good on that day. Originally started in 2007 by Shari Arison, an American Israeli business woman & philanthropist, Good Deeds Day is now being carried out in over 70 countries, with over 1,500,000 people participating in over 14,000 projects. This year, Good Deeds Day is happening on the 2nd of April and anyone and everyone can participate. You can even be the one to start a project for others to participate in!
Why Should I Take Part In Good Deeds Day?
Why shouldn’t you? Just like I said before, if you’re living and breathing, your presence affects others. So you might as well deliberately make it a positive one!
I had a realisation the other day, which was this – if you’re not choosing to be a kind & compassionate person, if you’re not taking initiative to help when & were you can and if you’re not standing up for those who are more vulnerable than you, you’re not just not a part of the solution… but you’re actually a part of the problem.
It’s a very hard pill to swallow but now more than ever, we have to take action & initiative and to not be so idle with the world’s pains. Because being idle to the world’s pains & problems, doesn’t make them go away. In fact, it makes them worse.
Of course, that doesn’t mean we should donate all our savings, sacrifice our basic comforts and go live in a convent. But we can all take some extra steps to make our presence in the world more positive, even in small ways.
And if you want to practice having more of a positive presence in the world, in my opinion, a great way to start doing so is by choosing to take part in Good Deeds Day.
As Shari states on the Good Deeds Day about page …
If people will think good, speak good and do good, the circle of goodness will grow in the world.
So… How Do I Take Part? What Can I Even Do?
Ahhh… these are very good questions and I have a lot of answers for you.
Sign up your volunteer project
To sign up your own volunteer project is as simple as going to the Good Deeds Day page, registering your company\non-profit\group, receiving your Good Deeds Day t-shirts by mail and beginning to promote your volunteer project to your community.
There are lots of templates for different promoting materials that you’d need such as posters and logos, that you can find on the website and download for your use.
Perhaps you’re not even sure about how you want to do good, you just want to take initiative and get the ball rolling. The website also offers a lot of example ideas from past projects with descriptions of what they did and how they carried out their projects. This can serve as very helpful inspiration, as well as show you how global this movement really is.
Participate as an individual volunteer
If you want to participate as an individual volunteer for someone else’s initiative, that’s weirdly a bit trickier. In my country, it is possible to sign up as an individual, state where you’d like to volunteer and which kind of projects, and they match you up with already existing projects.
But from what I’ve managed to understand, it doesn’t run completely like that in other countries. The website is available in 8 languages of which I only understand 3, so it’s hard for me to determine how exactly you can volunteer as an individual in other countries. I unfortunately couldn’t find information on signing up as an individual in English and French.
However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still join a volunteer project that someone else has initiated. A good way to find volunteer projects near you is to ask around and check your Facebook events. Someone in your social circle is likely to know of a volunteer project you can join for Good Deeds Day and projects can also be found as events on Facebook.
And also, nothing is stopping you from contacting the Good Deeds Day team directly and asking if they can match you up to a volunteer project in your area. And if for whatever reason you’re hitting a dead end, you can always choose your local NGO or charity and volunteer with them independently for a day.
There are so many different types of projects that you can create or join. Some examples of past volunteer projects include:
- Creating “Get Well” cards for hospital patients.
- Putting on a puppet show for kids in home shelters.
- Donating blood.
- Cleaning parks & other outdoor spaces.
- Preparing meals for those without food.
- Creating fun activities for kids with special needs.
- Planting trees in the neighbourhood.
- …and much more!
There is really no reason to not participate in Good Deeds Day and to not commit to doing good on this day, even in small ways.
A day like this is a reminder that as human beings, we are perfectly capable of helping each other and displaying kindness and support to each other. We do not need to have millions in the bank, all the time in the world and be Mother Theresa to do good.
We can do good even in small ways and it’s not any less significant.
Something that I’ve been learning in the past few weeks as I’ve been making a conscious effort to help others when the opportunity arises, is that people are grateful and touched by your willingness to help them. Even if they didn’t actually need the help.
I think a feeling that is more common amongst us than we realise, is the feeling of nobody caring about us. We all have issues, we all have struggles and with the world that we live in, it can sometimes feel like nobody really cares about what we’re going through or dealing with.
Just asking what’s up or offering to help in even the seemingly non-significant ways, can leave a powerful and positive mark on the person. It gives the message that someone cares. That their struggle is not invisible.
Getting the chance to practice being a positive presence in the world and perhaps even have someone receive that message because of my help, is a major reason why I’ll be taking part in Good Deeds Day.
Will you be taking part in Good Deeds Day this year? What good deed are you planning on doing?
Be Brave & Be Kind,