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.