The Power of Doing Good
It’s An Inside Job
My motto “Think good, speak good, and do good” is a life changing axiom that can lead you on your personal journey, filled with opportunities to connect to yourself and activate your own goodness.
With life dishing out trials and tribulations for us all, the challenge is to constantly come up with creative solutions to responsibly face these, taking into account our potential impact on others and the planet.
If you choose to concentrate on good thoughts, communicate positively with others and act out your goodness by doing good deeds for the benefit of others, you will be transformed from the inside. This immediately resonates outwards touching all aspects of life, and colors everything along its way.
Activate Your Goodness
You can make doing good work for you, too. It only takes a small act of kindness, of any sort. Any and every single person can make extraordinary things happen when they use the power of doing good, first for themselves and then letting it ripple out to the world in ever-expanding circles .
My life-long desire to inspire and empower people to focus on good, motivated me to write the practical guide “Activate Your Goodness,” filled with personal stories and those of others around the world. The book gives you tools for making a positive difference and changing your life.
By embracing good, it will become the norm in your own life and a true transformation will really take off.
Your Part 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, giving of ourselves to improve lives. Putting this concept to work in your life by thinking good, speaking good, and doing good, will move you forward.
Moreover, our individual acts of kindness amass together and will bring positive change in the world on all levels, for people, society and the environment.
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.
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 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.
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 goodness you want to do, according to your 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.
Good As A First Priority
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 selves. In revealing our uniqueness through good, we create a new reality that emphasizes universal humane values that boost 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. Doing good can be your compass.
Every one of us can do good.
This article was written by Shari Arison and first appeared on one of my favorite sites: Pick The Brain
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