Individuals Doing Good

Doing Good. Encourage

With the world news organisations bombarding us with sad, depressing and downright scary stories every day it can get forgotten that the vast majority of the people on the planet are actually good. And more than that, many people are doing exactly what More Good Deeds aim to do and are spreading a little bit of happiness through acts of kindness for random individuals. I’ve taken a look at some people who are doing some really great work online and perhaps you’ll be inspired by them to do the same:

Matt Callanan
Matt is a father to a young boy, Alby and he wants to leave a positive legacy behind for his son through the good deeds he is doing. In fact, he’s set himself a target of completing 403 good deeds. As Alby grows, he is helping is father spread this kindness Through their site We Make Good Happen, he is keeping track of all the kind acts he performs. At the time of writing this, they have completed 42 deeds and so far these have included:

  • Cleaning and weeding the entrance to their local nursery
  • Donating food to a food bank
  • Buying food and essential items for a Big Issue seller
  • Giving blood

Luke Cameron
Luke is a young man who made a New Years Resolution to do 365 good deeds in 365 days in 2014 and more to the point, he stuck to it and actually achieved his aim. Yes, this is a little dated but the website The Good Deed Diary, is a great source of inspiration for great and simple acts of kindness including:

  • Donating clothes to a charity shop
  • Fixing the television of an elderly neighbour
  • Giving some change to a stranger for parking
  • Baking cookies for work colleagues
  • Dawn Weber and Tamara Getzelman

When their 21-year-old children, Lexi Weber and Tim Getzelman, were killed in a car crash in 2011, the grieving mothers came together and did something extraordinary. Rather than being depressed on the anniversary of their deaths, Dawn and Tamara established Random Acts of Kindness Day. Each year, they do something which honours the memory of their children including:

  • Donating blood
  • Raising money for Sycamore Fire Department amongst other local charities
  • Selling clothes to raise money for Lost Limbs Foundation

The anonymous mother
A town in the north of England, Leyland, began seeing a number of random acts of kindness last year when a mysterious mother-of-two began performing good deeds in 2015 and set up a modest social media presence. No one knows who this person is, not even her husband, because she is simply not seeking glory or thanks for her good deeds. All she wants to do is spread a little happiness through acts such as:

  • Leaving an unused scratch card in a supermarket
  • Paying for a stranger’s coffee
  • Paying for the next customer’s meal in a restaurant

Brad Aronson
Not only is Brad Aronson performing good deeds, his blog also shares good news features and promises to focus on the positive aspects of our planet, just as we do here at More Good Deeds. His blog, aptly named Brad Aronson, is definitely worth checking out if you need a little injection of happiness. Here are some of the random acts of kindness Brad has performed:

  • Creating a holiday to celebrate someone (Brad chose his wife)
  • Liking a Facebook page to help a cancer patient achieve a goal
  • Calling up neighbours in the middle of a winter storm to check if they needed anything
  • Saying thank you to someone who helped him several years earlier

Sister Helen Mrosla
You may have heard of Helen Mrosla, a nun who taught at Saint Mary’s School in Minnesota. One day she got her students to write down all of their fellow classmates’ names on a piece of paper followed by one kind thing or positive trait about every child. She then collected all of the writing in and, over the weekend, complied a list for each child. The following week, every student was presented with a list of qualities their classmates liked about them. The lists were never mentioned again but when Helen attended a funeral of one of her students who died in Vietnam (yes this is an old story), the soldier’s parents showed Helen a familiar, old, worn piece of paper. He had been carrying the list on him when he died and had held it close all those years. If you’re a teacher, why not try this with your class.

We all have the capacity to do good. Most of us, probably without even realising it, perform random acts of kindness every day. But the aim of More Good Deeds and everyone else on this list is to increase the number of these acts occurring, spreading even more happiness as we go and making the world a lighter, brighter place. Some can be as simple as paying someone a compliment, others could involve paying for a stranger’s coffee. It doesn’t have to be a lot, it doesn’t even have to cost you anything. But a random act of kindness should make someone smile.

Go, do, experience. More Good Deeds.