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Top 10 Good Deeds for The Holiday Season from @Good_Indeed Alex D

‘Tis the season to give but not all of us have the means to make cash donations to our favourite charities. What if instead of giving cash you did one “good deed” every day between now and Christmas. My friend Alex of @Good_Indeed on Twitter has done just that – committed to one good deed every day for 365 days, tweeting his good deed each day.

He is on day 317 of 365 days of good deeds and 365give got his very personal Top 10 favourite ways to inspire you to “do good” every day.

Guest Post by Alex D @Good_Indeed

One day listening to yet another account of alarming news on the radio, I began to wonder what kind of effect this constant bombardment of negativity may have on all of us. How could we be positive when there is so much pessimism in the world?
How could we be hopeful when the picture painted in front us is so dark?

For some reason, at that very instant, I felt the need to give people more positive examples to counteract the negativity in our daily lives. That’s how my 1-year “A Deed A Day” challenge came to be. I have always been a strong believer in the big impact of small actions.

The same way a dirty look or a disrespectful gesture can spoil our day and contribute to our bitterness;
The same way a smile or a helping hand can make a world of a difference and help us get closer to one another.

I didn’t know how far I would go with this, but I must admit that giving is quite addictive.
The more you give, the more you seem to receive and so on…
Everyone should try it. Who knows, someday there may be more good deeds than bad ones on the evening news.

Top 10 list of Good Deeds

Day 3: Collected used batteries from my neighbours for proper recycling. Got to know them better and helped the environment. Double bonus!
Day16: Now save energy by lowering the thermostat & unpluging evil phantom loads before I go out or go to sleep.
Day38: Volunteered to teach in friend’s high school. Spoke about opportunities in the solar industry. Great group of kids!
Day49: Sent nice greeting card to a stranger I randomly picked out of the phone book. #RandomActsOfKindess
Day126: Performed at concert organized by the Harold Napper School to raise funds for Japanese disaster victims.
Day155: Traded our Toyota for the pleasures of a nice BMW (Bus, Metro, Walk). It’s the beginning of a new, greener lifestyle.
Day175: Prevented teenager from hurting his girlfriend. We can all help stop violence in teen couples…It starts with education.
Day283: Bought coffee for the people behind me at the drive through. The look on their faces was priceless.
Day287: Had long chat with a homeless man and bought him lunch. Poor guy lived from pay-check to pay-check. Lost it all when he lost his job.
Day301: Raised $440 in 36 hours for children without a voice, as part of Free the Children’s Vow of Silence campaign.

Do you have a favourite “good deed?” Leave us a comment or share on Twitter or Facebook. Let’s share the good deeds this holiday season and get the whole world with kindness as their number one priority this week.

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)