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Do you regularly do good deeds?
Are you someone who broadcasts them?
Doing a good deed for someone should be because you want to do it and not because you want to virtue signal or gain social media likes.
Too many people feel the need to post when they've done something nice for someone. It sours the good deed somewhat if you're looking for adulation and recognition afterwards.
You should do good deeds because you're genuinely trying to help someone and not because you expect something in return or you need praise or for them to 'return the favour'.
The best good deeds are done silently and with the right motives.
But why do good deeds?
Well, aside from helping someone out, you’re also helping yourself.
Selfless acts of kindness and generosity are great for your soul and they can flip any negative mindset.
If you’re struggling yourself, doing good deeds or simply helping other people - whether that’s just listening to them or showing them support - is a great way to get out of your own head and put your problems to one side.
By doing something for someone else you’re able to remove yourself from your own situation and often find that it has either dissipated or is less catastrophic than it first appeared.
In Alcoholics Anonymous, a similar premise is adopted.
Being of service
‘Being of service’ in AA is extremely important, in fact, many members of the ‘program’ believe that it simply wouldn’t exist if nobody did service.
One of the more common sayings you will hear at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting is that, “you have to give it away in order to keep it”, which speaks to the idea that service in recovery can help the giver as much as the receiver.
And like any good deed (or service) - which in the case of Alcoholics Anonymous could be setting up the chairs, making the tea, etcetera - giving should not be done in the hope of a reward or praise.
In fact, groups like Alcoholics Anonymous could not function without the voluntary services provided by members and there are numerous studies that indicate that helping others in recovery provides great benefit to the helper.
Side note: I’m a big fan of the John Wick movies, so now when I think of ‘service’ it always reminds me of:
So if that is true;
When was the last time you were of service to someone?
What was the last good deed you did?
Try helping someone today.
Whether it’s the tired cliches of helping an old lady across the road or carrying someone’s shopping to their car, try to do something for someone else.
But remember, you don’t need to broadcast it.
Help someone and don’t tell anyone.
Don’t share it on social media.
Try being of service today and see how you feel.
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