I beleive that doing good for others can make people redeem themselves in their own eyes and improve their confidence. The more they do for others the happier they become. This is truly a wonderful effect of a good cause. What do you think?

asked 08 Sep '11, 09:07

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Paulina 1

Doing good for others does lift both the giver and receiver. However, it should be noted that many people don't actually know what is good for themselves or others! So this rule assumes that someone indeed knows what is "good" or "should be done" for themselves, and thus for others. Often people deem something very "good" for someone else, only to find out it wasn't the best thing to do/say/give after all. One's intention is also important.. often the "good doer" may act out of their own secret selfish motivations. They may not even be aware of this.. and then wonder why the whole process backfires. Intention is important, but it highlights that the best things one can do or give to others, is often the simplest of things which involve no risk- the giving of time, attention and love.


answered 09 Sep '11, 04:46

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Thanks Dionysius that is a great answer and deserves merrit.

(09 Sep '11, 05:55) Paulina 1

I have this crazy belief: I think that God wired the world in such a way that when we do good for others, it eventually comes back to you...but not if that is the reason you do good. It has to come out of love. Jesus mentions doing good for your neighbor as a spiritual maxim, and He was right about that.

So I agree that doing good is good for you.

Blessings, Jai


answered 08 Sep '11, 12:15

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You are so right Jai when one does good without expecting anything in return but do it out of love than you are rewarded.

(08 Sep '11, 12:40) Paulina 1

Kabbalah teaches that we can only get light from the Creator by sharing, so the theory has been around for thousands of years!


answered 08 Sep '11, 12:40

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giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.Acts 26:18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified.http://bible.cc/colossians/1-12.htm

(08 Sep '11, 22:31) white tiger

Thanks LeeAnn, White Tiger thanks for a wonderful comment.

(09 Sep '11, 05:39) Paulina 1

I believe that good will always return to you no matter what was your motivation for doing it. You could say that this could create "egoistic saints". But could an egoistic person really be able to perform genuinely good deeds? If you are ego-oriented, there are easier ways to get what you want.

In any case, if you examine the belief of karma, then as long as you have any karma on your account, you cannot achieve liberation. And it doesn't matter whether the karma is good or evil. That is why the solution is not to keep the obtained good to yourself but to share it with others.


answered 08 Sep '11, 13:27

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Thanks Askelpios that is a thought provoking answer.

(10 Sep '11, 06:50) Paulina 1

If it feels right then it's good for you.

If you do it from a place of pure intention and love without any ulterior motive or expectation of anything in return then, and only then, will it be good for you because it will always feel like the right thing to do


answered 08 Sep '11, 20:24

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Thanks Michaela for a good answer.

(09 Sep '11, 05:44) Paulina 1

You're very welcome Paulina :)

(12 Sep '11, 01:54) Michaela

I have to say that when I first read the question, my initial response was "yes, of course it does". Then I started thinking "What does doing good really mean?", which brought a few more questions and thoughts that I'm going to share.

  1. What if the best way we could "do good" for others is to "do good" for ourselves first? If you don't love and show compassion for yourself, then can you really doing good for anyone else? You have to know, accept and appreciate who you truly are. This is loving yourself, then you can share yourself and really do good for others in a compassionate, loving and nourishing way.

  2. What if "doing good" is something that is expected? If you feel "you should" do instead of "you would like" to do, then most likely it is based on your judgements and beliefs that you hold. If you feel "you should" do something, then it's probably not something that is good for you and possibly not for the others either. Note: we often use the word "should" even when we mean we "would like", so you do have to consider what your intention is or just tune into what your body tells you. If you feel lighter or more open and expansive at the thought of "doing good", then do it.

  3. What if what you think as "doing good" for someone is not actually the best for that person? Again, this is back to our judgements and beliefs that we live our lives by. This gives us the order and security we need in our lives and we have a tendency to think everyone should live the same way, but we need to honor the fact that others are not like us or may have actually chosen the lesson of whatever their situation is. So there is a fine line of what we think is good and what may actually be good or best.

If you consider these questions and still feel you would like to "do good" for someone and you have no expectations of recognition or getting something in return, then most definitely it is doing good for you. I honestly believe though that the very best thing that we can do is to show as much love and compassion for ourselves as we do for others. When you do this, you will find that you are happier, more peaceful and automatically share yourself in a way that is "good" for everyone.

Wishing everyone love and peace :)


answered 09 Sep '11, 08:43

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1.Absolutely, we should do good for ourselves first and foremost. Without being in a good position ourselves, we are of little good to anyone else. 2.When I am doing something good that is expected, for example preparing a holiday meal for my relatives....I make sure to include extra touches like making a more artistic presentation and remembering favorite foods of those included. This way I feel like I am sharing of myself more than what would be expected. 3.Sometimes we could be enabling others and we have to be careful of that. When that line is crossed, we generally know it somehow.

(09 Sep '11, 13:27) LeeAnn 1

You gave me some food for thought, thank you!

(09 Sep '11, 13:27) LeeAnn 1

Thank you so much akaVienne for a wonderful answer it truly makes one think.

(10 Sep '11, 06:56) Paulina 1

Thanks to both of you :). I agree LeeAnn, that we generally know when we are enabling someone or just doing something that is not best for us, but that we often ignore our own feelings also. I think this accounts for a good portion of the stress, anxiety and depression that we see in the world today.

(15 Sep '11, 01:11) akaVienne
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so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Proverbs 25:22 In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.

Jeremiah 17:10 "I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve."

Matthew 6:3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,

Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Matthew 6:18 so that it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Hebrews 4:13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.


but people that get healed i think they deserve it and get healed for the merit they have(or good act they made in this life)


experience and enjoy.


answered 08 Sep '11, 22:21

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white tiger

edited 10 Sep '11, 08:06

A few times in my life I have been able to give a gift to someone in secret, without their knowing it was me who gave it. This brought me so much secret joy.

(09 Sep '11, 02:30) LeeAnn 1

Thank you White Tiger for your time and great answer. The message is loud and clear.

(09 Sep '11, 05:50) Paulina 1
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