52 Good Deeds to Help Heal the World in 2021

Just one kind act a week can make a difference.

Everyone can do good deeds.

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You can help heal the world by doing good acts, large and small. Since kindness is contagious, your good deeds can spur others to do the same. and since research shows that volunteering and helping others can lead to better health and more happiness, you will be helping yourself too.

Don’t know where to start? Here’s a list of good deeds that you can do even in a socially distanced world:

   1.  Skype or call a friend to see how they are doing

   2.  Donate your stimulus check

   3. Give an old winter coat to Goodwill

   4.  Walk your neighbor’s dog

   5.  Shovel snow (or mow the grass) for an elderly neighbor

   6.  Donate canned goods to a food pantry

   7.  Say thank you to an essential worker

   8.  Ask for donations in your name instead of birthday gifts

   9.  Bring groceries to an elderly person

  10. Use a search engine that supports a cause

  11. Donate blood

  12. Teach someone a skill they can use

  13. Wear a mask and keep socially distant

  14. Leave positive comments on social media

  15. Apologize

  16. Organize a balcony musical recital or online singalong

  17. Use a search engine that supports a cause

  18. Write a thank you note to your child’s teacher

  19. Share a good book

  20. Buy Fair Trade

  21. Pay it forward by buying the next person in line’s coffee or meal

  22. Allow a driver to merge into your lane

  23. Order delivery or take out from a local restaurant

  24. Help a friend move

  25. Recycle

  26. Give up your seat on the bus or train

  27. Donate diapers to a homeless shelter

  28. Tell family members you love them

  29. Sign an organ donor card

  30. Clean a park or playground

  31. Foster a pet from a shelter or animal rescue

  32. Compliment a stranger

  33. Volunteer for a suicide prevention line

  34. Give directions to a person who is lost

  35. Donate your hair to locks of love

  36. Weed a community garden

  37. Put your change in a charity box

  38. Buy gift cards to donate

  39. Tip your servers well

  40. Check on elderly neighbors

  41. Plant a Tree

  42. Comfort someone who experienced a loss

  43. Hug your child or spouse

  44. Forgive someone

  45. Do an extra chore around the house

  46. Surprise someone with flowers

  47. Donate old eyeglasses

  48. Send cards to seniors in resident homes

  49. Return your shopping cart

  50. Walk or ride a bicycle instead of driving

  51. Participate in Good Deeds Day

  52. Share this list

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Good Deeds Day, an annual global day of doing good, is the pinnacle of doing good year-round. Initiated in 2007 by business woman and philanthropist Shari Arison, Good Deeds Day has grown to 108 countries with millions of participants.  Good Deeds Day 2021 is on April 11.