Getting out of your rut and changing your life for the better doesn’t happen overnight. But, with my 30-day challenges, I’ll teach you to use integrative life coaching techniques to release your true potential one step at a time.
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So, what’s this month’s challenge?
This month’s challenge doesn’t have to cost you any money, or even much of your time. Just take the time to do one good deed each day.
A good deed is a selfless gesture that can help you and the lucky recipient experience a new sense of fulfilment. If your deed inspires them to pay it forward, your efforts could have an impact far beyond what you might expect.
What are the benefits of doing a good deed?
Scientists have only just begun investigating how good deeds affect us biologically, but it’s already clear that the effects can be hugely positive. Recent studies have shown:
- Altruistic behaviour can make your brain release ‘feel good’ chemicals, like dopamine and endorphins.
- Generous people have high levels of oxytocin, a ‘bonding’ hormone that’s thought to reduce stress and blood pressure.
- Feelings of empathy and love are thought to reduce stress and improve immunity by boosting your antibody levels.
- People who volunteer have been found to live longer and have a lower risk becoming seriously ill.
Science has also told us a little about how good deeds can have a positive effect on others:
- People tend to perform better after receiving a compliment.
- Being treated with generosity and compassion can have a positive effect of people’s health and wellbeing.
Follow these two golden rules to make the most of this challenge:
- Don’t expect anything in return: Find your reward in the deed itself; let the experience fill you with a sense of self-worth.
- Share the love: Do good deeds for friends and family, sure. But, also look for others who might need a helping hand.
Here are some ideas to help get you started:
Reach out to someone
- Help someone in need: Offer your assistance to someone struggling with walking, shopping, cooking or domestic chores.
- Tell someone they’re great: Choose a friend, relative or colleague and send them a little message listing all your favourite things about them.
- Make someone’s day easier: Hold the door open for them, or help them carry their pram downstairs.
- Support young parents: Offer to babysit or take the kids out for the day so they can have a moment of romance or relaxation.
Make a donation
- Let others experience your comfort: Donate your old clothes and furniture to charity.
- Share your daily bread: Buy a meal you love and donate it to a local food bank or homeless charity.
- Help four people at once: Donate blood.
- Give your time: Volunteer with a local charity, or send an uplifting message to someone in hospital or a nursing home.
Join my integrative life coaching programme and I’ll teach you how doing good deeds for others can help you recalibrate your moral compass, recognise your inner strength and see the great effect you can have on others.
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