Ripple effects of good deeds

When I do a good deed, I feel great.

I didn’t realize that watching another person do a good deed could make me feel just as good—maybe better.

This week, during a hasty trip to a shopping mall, I walked past a man carrying a woman’s purse. The man, dressed in full military uniform, sought out the mall security guards. He handed the purse to them and said, “Something to keep you busy.” The man had found the purse left behind in the food court and decided to do the right thing.

I empathized with the relief of the woman who would get her purse back, knowing she wouldn’t have to replace all her ID or call the credit card companies and banks.

I celebrated the good character of the members of our armed forces.

I rejoiced that good lives in our society.

I walked away smiling, feeling lighter. A good deed performed by someone else made me feel great.

Our good deeds really do ripple positively out into the world.

4 thoughts on “Ripple effects of good deeds

  1. Glen

    Reminds me of the “Ripple Positively” painting in TUC’s Tait Hall … and I smiled in remembrance. These are the stories we can never tire of telling!

    1. Arlene Post author

      Yep. That painting was the inspiration for the wording I chose. When I look at that painting I think of the things I’ve done that rippled positively, and I ponder some of the things that might not have been so positive. It’s helpful to think of the effects of our actions.


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