Be a Good in the World: 365 Days of Good Deeds, Inspired Ideas, and Acts of Kindness, from author Brenda Knight, is described this way:
In the hurly burly of this busy world, simple kindness and goodness can get left behind in the rush to be first in line, to the top of the corporate ladder, and to have the most likes. But, what does it all mean at the end of the day? Isn't being a good person and making real contributions to the world more important than anything else? Author Brenda Knight, part of the team who made the world a better place with Random Acts of Kindness as well as a little more thankful with The Grateful Table, writes "At the end of life, I feel sure having lots of money, fancy cars, and real estate is not nearly as important as how much love you gave to the world." This realization was the inspiration for Be a Good in the World, a book of "good days" filled with ideas for making a difference.Be a Good in the World contains 365 ideas for things we can do to better the world: to improve someone's life, to help an animal, to keep the environment clean, or just to make someone smile. Each month has a theme, such as "The Month of New Beginnings" for January.
Now, unless you have unlimited time and financial resources, you can't possibly do everything in this book. But that's okay: some are quick, easy, and free. Choose the ones you like, the ones that tug at your heart.
This is a secular book. You'll see references like "the whole Universe supporting you" (October 2) and possibly some worldviews you don't share. I was able to sift out the parts with which I don't agree, but you should make your own decision.
Can I share some of the items I bookmarked? (I see you nodding Yes. Thanks.)
- February 5: Upon learning about the Veteran's History Project, I was reminded that our servicemen and -women are doing just that: service. And they should be thanked for it. Many of these noble souls are very far away on active duty and receive little mail to their camp or barrack. Take a few moments to acknowledge their contribution and offer a friendly hello from back home in the U.S.A. You can learn all about Operation Write Home at operationwritehome.gov. I have heard of great pen pal relationships that result from this gesture of gratitude.
- February 27: "When we are on track, living close to the things we deem important--the things we value--we feel happier. ... This is the kind [of happiness] that lingers in the background of our lives. ... [I]f we are living a values-based life, we are also living with meaning and purpose." (a quote from Polly Campbell)
- March 23: Be a baby cuddler. According to this excellent guide for volunteers at volunteerguide.org/hours/service-projects/baby-cuddlers, "Baby cuddlers are needed in orphanages, neonatal hospital units, group homes, nurseries, and wherever else there are babies and young children who may not have adequate human contact early in life to begin developing social interaction skills." What could be better than helping a baby survive and thrive?
- July 19: Stop interrupting others when they are speaking. ... Listening is an act of love.
- November 29: Adopting an animal is a serious commitment. For those who aren't able to adopt, but still want to make a difference in the life of an abandoned animal, fostering is an excellent alternative. ...
Some of the ideas involve donating money to organizations, but I guess I bookmarked the ones that don't! Quite a few of the ideas are eco-friendly, as well, but they weren't among the handful I marked.
Once I sifted out certain parts, I really liked Be a Good in the World. Simple ideas like smiling at a stranger or listening attentively without interrupting can take little effort, yet they could change someone's day for the better.
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- Be a Good in the World on Amazon.com (not an affiliate link)
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