Do Good, Feel Good

Posted on Feb 17 2014 - 6:39am by Alexa B (Kat Biggie)

I started this blog out of an immense grief after losing my daughter Kathryn. At the time, I had no idea how my life, and consequently this blog, would evolve. I could have never imagined at the time how much my life would turn to focus on social good, advocacy, and even activism when necessary.

I have always had a heart of service and a passion for giving back and giving to others, but I feel that in addition to wanting to leave a strong legacy of good in memory of my daughter, it is through this blog, and through the connections I have made since blogging, (Jennifer!) that really have pushed me into a more active role with social good.

There are studies and evidence that prove that doing good for others results in being happier yourself. In an article called Kindness Makes You Happy… and Happiness Makes You Kind, the author sums up two recent studies on kindness.

The results suggest a kind of “positive feedback loop” between kindness and happiness, according to the authors, so that one encourages the other.

I know this is true. I have witnessed it in my own life. I have felt myself change as I’ve tried to do good for others, to give back, to help where it is needed. Sometimes this is financially, sometimes it is a physical act. Sometimes it is as simple as a text message to check in on someone.

I mentioned in my post last week about Random Acts of Kindness that I would be starting a new campaign. It’s called “Do Good, Feel Good.” Inspired by Jennifer at Another Jennifer’s Monthly Giving Pledge, this is also a “pledge” if you will, to do something good for someone else every month, with a goal of once a week.

If you want to participate, please feel free to grab the button code and paste it on your blog. I’d love to hear about what you are doing to make others feel good!

Because I promise you, when you DO good, you FEEL good.

Do Good, Feel Good

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Have you done anything to help someone out lately? I’d love it if you shared your favorite act of kindness/service!

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Freelance writer at Kat Biggie Press
Alexa B, who blogs as "Kat Biggie" is a wife, mother, and writer. She has three children and one in heaven. She recently self published a book entitled "Sunshine After the Storm: A Survival Guide for the Grieving Mother" which is available on Amazon. She blogs about life after the loss of one of her twin daughters to TTTS, motherhood, all things parenting, advocacy, grief support and social good.

19 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Janine Huldie
    February 17, 2014 at 7:16 am - Reply

    Alexa, I couldn’t agree more and know whenever I do something good for someone else, I always feel a bit better here on my end, too! :)
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    • katbiggie
      February 17, 2014 at 10:03 am - Reply

      Just the fact that you are so encouraging and kind with your words is constantly doing good for others!

  2. another jennifer
    February 17, 2014 at 8:17 am - Reply

    Well, you know I’m in Alexa. I’m so glad I had a small part in inspiring this, though I know it’s all you! Giving actually has health benefits to us because it does make us happier. There’s an evolutionary aspect to it as well. Anyway, one of my favorite ways to do good this time of year is to shovel neighbors’ pathways or clear off a snowy car so someone doesn’t have to when they get out of work.
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    • katbiggie
      February 17, 2014 at 10:02 am - Reply

      I kinda hoped you’d be in! :-) That is a really kind gesture to shovel someone’s driveway!

      • another jennifer
        February 17, 2014 at 11:49 am - Reply

        p.s. You should totally share this on!

        • katbiggie
          February 17, 2014 at 1:27 pm - Reply

          I have never even tried to do that. I’ll look into it. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Katie @ Pick Any Two
    February 17, 2014 at 8:22 am - Reply

    Love this! I recently posted 5 ways to say “I love you” to yourself, and one was about helping others. I truly believe that doing good leads to feeling good!
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  4. Angela Gilmore
    February 17, 2014 at 8:24 am - Reply

    This is a great idea! I always feel better about myself and my life when I do good thing for others. I heard a study recently where just the act of writing a thank you note every day will help your outlook on life. My mom has been going through a hard time recently and I’ve made a point to call her and text her every day. We don’t always talk every day, so I think it’s been helpful for her.
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    • katbiggie
      February 17, 2014 at 10:02 am - Reply

      Sheesh, that is really hard to actually do, but I will give it a try. I am terrible about saying thank you. Isn’t that ironic???

  5. thedoseofreality
    February 17, 2014 at 8:34 am - Reply

    LOVE it! I do feel like nothing feels as good as giving back. It truly is the best feeling ever. I so admire you taking your grief and channeling it in this way. You are amazing. :)-Ashley
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    • katbiggie
      February 17, 2014 at 10:01 am - Reply

      YOU are amazing! And you do so much for spreading the love too!

  6. tammigirl
    February 17, 2014 at 10:03 am - Reply

    I love this! My blog has been about this lately. My life has been about this for four years. For the same reason as you. Not my daughter, but someone who was like a third daughter to me. I have felt like it’s my job to spread some of the love and joy she would be spreading every day.

    Count me in!
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    • katbiggie
      February 17, 2014 at 10:04 am - Reply

      Oh yay Tammy! Glad to find another social good/kindness blogger! I’ll be checking out your blog!

  7. Chris Carter
    February 17, 2014 at 2:41 pm - Reply

    I love this Alexa… You are such an inspiration!! You are truly the epitome of transforming your pain into purpose!!
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    • katbiggie
      February 18, 2014 at 6:43 am - Reply

      Chris, you are always one to provide words of encouragement and hope. Thank you for being an influential aspect of my journey! :-)

  8. Tamara
    February 17, 2014 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    LOVE this. And I was telling Jennifer that I used to do kind acts to fight anxiety. It really works!
    Not that I don’t still do kind acts – I’m just free of a lot of my anxiety. It feels great to do it for whatever the reasons.
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    • katbiggie
      February 18, 2014 at 6:42 am - Reply

      It’s true… except when doing acts starts stressing you out cause you’ve taken on too much! I had that happen too. I’ve had to temper my enthusiasm and balance to what will work with the demands of my life! :-)

  9. mryjhnsn
    February 25, 2014 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Your commitment to others is inspiring. And such a catchy phrase. Today, I don’t feel like being nice. Sad, I know but I am going to make an extra effort because it is worth it. Thank you!
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    • katbiggie
      February 25, 2014 at 1:15 pm - Reply

      Thank you and I appreciate your candidness. I don’t always want to be nice either, but I do find that it helps me when I’m grouchy!

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