Paying It Forward || Good Deeds You Can Do Locally

Sometimes, even though we have an active life, there is still time to do a little more. If you are someone who loves to help people out, then maybe you could start thinking about ways that you can do this. There are a lot of people out there less fortunate than ourselves and from time to time they need a little support and assistance. Whether it is having someone to talk to, or help with their grocery shopping, there are lots of ways you can spread a little happiness.

In every community, there are people with problems. Depending on the nature of the obstacle, it can be very hard for them to overcome. You probably know an elderly person who lives on your street. Do you ever see them struggling to get their heavy shopping bags back to their house? They would probably really appreciate a helping hand but are too proud, or shy to ask anybody. Maybe they are solitary people who don’t have much contact with anybody locally. Next time you see them politely ask them if you can lend a hand. small acts of kindness like this go a long way with people!

Moving to a new area can be a big deal for a lot of people, especially if they are not from the area. The world is a fast-moving place and there are always people coming to other countries to start new lives. It could be that they are escaping persecution in their homeland, or are left homeless due to war or natural disasters. You can be there to help them make the transition to a new way of living and help the, settle a lot quicker. We all need a friend and good neighbours can be the first step in feeling like you belong. Perhaps their English isn’t great but they would like to enrol in the local education system. You could contact local schools or get them some information on international admissions counseling. This could mean they are able to enter a college to further their studies.


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Do you know of anyone who suffers from a disability? They might need some work doing on their home that you could assist them with. It could be something big that they need with organising, or it could be as simple as changing a lightbulb. I am not suggesting that you go knocking each of your neighbours’ houses asking if they need anything. They will probably think you are crazy, even though your heart is in the right place. Start with people you know and see if word spreads. You could organise a group of like-minded souls and do a regular grocery delivery service on your street or block. I can feel the good karma already!


Those are just some ideas to get you thinking. I will leave the rest up to you. Needless to say, there are lots of people out there who need a little help now and then, as we all do. Gandhi said we should be the change we want to see happen, so get out there and start making the world a better place!

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