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Doing good anonymously


Here at Christmas time a lot of companies, groups and individuals will perform a ritual called Secret Santa. Where you give someone a gift, without them knowing it’s from you. What about if we gave someone a gift like that everyday. No I’m not talking about buying a lot of stuff. Even a gift of service where the person would know who did it, could count, if you let them find out about it themselves, not saying oh by the way I did this task for you.

Imagine you are at a friend or relatives place and they need a chore done, tat they may have a problem doing. It could be raking the yard, cleaning the bathroom, or even just helping them haul away some junk. At home do you share the chores, with each person responsible for certain ones. If so perhaps you could do one of their chores, such as the dishes or taking out the garbage when it’s not your turn. Gather up and sort all the laundry, and guys if this is a new one for you, here’s a hint, most clothes have little tags that help you sort them.

In public hold a door for someone, and yes ladies in this age of equality you can hold a door for a guy, he might even say thanks. If you see a homeless person begging, instead of giving them a few coins that might be collected till they can afford to feed an addiction, perhaps once you can buy them some food. Either from a street vendor, or prepacked food from a store, or fresh fruit.

Place a bowl out for animals to drink water from if it is hot. If you decide to put out food realize that after a short while they will come to expect it, so are you prepared to continue, unless something makes it impossible.

There are an infinite number of ways we can bring happiness to others through wholesome actions everyday, so what will you do today? As for karma it is when we give with out expecting anything back, that we truly give from the heart. We give without attaching expectations to the act.


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  1. I think that most of us try to be kind to one another but don’t necessarily do it consciously. Sometimes it doesn’t expand past the family unit, sometimes it does. But it’s good to be reminded now and again that we should extend ourselves. good article and good thoughts.

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