Do a Good Deed Every Day

When I was in the Girl Scouts, we were taught to do a good deed daily. It was our motto. I sometimes wonder how many of us live by this motto, or has it gone out of style? My students seem surprised by it, and most have never heard of it. I share this with my students, and it makes them smile. Here is how we all can benefit by remembering to do a good turn daily:

1. Be kind. Simple random acts of kindness is all you need. You don’t have to kill yourself trying to figure out what a good deed is, and no one even needs to know you did it. Just do a service to someone else that provides no benefit to yourself.

2. Don’t worry about the results. Just do it.

3. Realize that as you perform this act of kindness, you are really performing an act of kindness to yourself! The true joy of a gift is in the giving.

4. Notice how you feel. You can’t help but feel good when you have been kind to someone else. This is the great pay off of doing good deeds.

As teachers, we are often stressed and sometimes even frustrated. By doing that good deed daily, you can relieve some of that stress, and make the world a better place. You will smile more and relax, and when your students see your actions, they will remember to pay it forward as well. I see more and more random acts of kindness every day.

I asked my grandson the question, “What have you done to help someone today?” instead of the usual, “How was your day?” He looked at me rather blankly, and said, “I didn’t have any opportunities for that.” That’s when I reminded him that there are many opportunities every day to help someone. He now looks for those opportunities.   

Have a great week!

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