Good Ideas

Fighting For Life With Love

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Sometimes we touch each others lives in ways that go well beyond pleasantries and dip into helping a fellow human fight for their life. Sometimes all it takes is a bit of kindness, compassion, and loving attention to help someone feel good. Oh, and sometimes it means starting an awesome ripple of Goodness that leads back to that person who may need it most. (Keep reading. Trust me.)

Two of our Anonymous Good tribe members dine at the same Mexican restaurant almost every week and have been doing so for years. They’ve come to consider the staff as family and Gabe, one of the many waiters they adore, loves to share stories and photos of his wife Linda and their darling son.

Continuing the happiness, Gabe shared that his wife was pregnant. Smiles and joy all around. That was 8 months ago.

Then more recently, our two Anonymous Good tribe members went back to their favorite spot and instead of Gabe sliding over to their table, eager to show the latest family pictures, he headed over with a different story to tell.

The love of his life, 28-year-old Linda, pregnant with their second child, was diagnosed with lymphoma. What would they do? What treatment wouldn’t hurt the baby? What did all of it mean?

Gabe expressed love and hope, and said of his wife, “She has a great attitude and it just gives me so much joy to see her better and positive and faithful, she looks so beautiful, and I thank God for every day I see her smile again. She is the love of my life and my best friend, and can’t think of the idea of living without her. I have faith that God will let her be with us for many many years to come.”

Linda, in an incredible act of generosity, even though she’s been feeling fatigued and weak, decided to cut off and donate her long locks of hair to charity before it fell out as she was told it would.

The amazing beauty of this family goes on and on.

So wanting to help in some way, our tribe members decided to do an awesome Act of Good. They shared that STARTING NOW, they are collecting cards, letters, little notes that share prayers, good thoughts, or words of inspiration and faith for Gabe and Linda and their family.

See? Awesome.

We can all participate and help make Gabe and Linda’s day a little brighter. Here’s how:

1. Grab a postcard, notecard, or piece of paper

2. Write a few (or many!) words of hope, a prayer, a poem, a happy face doodle, a favorite quote, a silly joke, anything positive (and/or fun or funny)

3. Put a stamp on it

4. Mail it to:

Linda and Gabriel Abundez

c/o

4025 Spencer St #104

Torrance, Ca. 90503

All of the notes and cards will be read by Gabe to his wife Linda as she undergoes chemo therapy.

Now that’s a BIG act of Good we can all be part of TODAY.

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Meditate…& Tie Up Your Horse

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There are many sayings such as “treat and move your feet” or “meditate and tie up your horse” (my personal favorite) that remind us to go inward, connect, AND act.

So in the interest of that sentiment, here’s an article about connecting with kindness through meditation and visualization. As the piece states, “By practicing loving-kindness meditation, you can learn to see the lives of others as related to your own. This doesn’t mean you must like everybody, or agree with everything they do. It means you can open up to the possibility of caring for others not just because you like them, admire them, or are indebted to them, but because your lives are inextricably linked.” 

Now once you’ve got the kindness momentum flowing, try doing an act of Good! (You knew we’d bring it back around.) Recognize the acts of Good that others do, that you do, and share those acts on AnonymousGood.org where your Good will go on and continue doing great things.

While we’re not into instruction here at Anonymous Good–we’ll leave that to the experts–we are into spreading and amplifying the kindness that you do. So go ahead, get your Good on.

And I can only speak for myself but whenever I’m at the ol’ saloon meditating, I always tie up my horse, which definitely qualifies as an act of Good. :)

Read more about the Kindness Meditation by Sharon Salzberg on Mindful.org here.

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Give The Gift Of Good This Holiday Season!

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Happy Holidays to the Anonymous Good Tribe!

If you’re looking for the MOST PERFECT GIFT EVER for ANYONE, ANYWHERE… we’ve got you covered.

Especially for those family members and friends who are sooooooo difficult to buy for!

It’s easy and it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

In three easy steps:

1. Create a Challenge in someone’s name and personalize it with an image or video intro.

2. Post Acts of Good directly on their unique Challenge page that you do in their name.

3. Send them a link to their Challenge page so no matter where they are in the world, they can see all the Good you’ve done as a gift to them!

Here’s an example of an Anonymous user who recently created a Challenge for their husband for the holidays. We’ll admit to adoring this. Lucky guy.

In conclusion: When you do Acts of Good in someone’s name and post them on a unique page just for them, you make them feel great, you feel Good, the people you helped feel great, so does anyone who reads the Acts of Good, AND you’ve also helped feed people, supply clean water, clean air and free people from slavery. If you need a refresher on how it works, this is for you.

That’s a heckuva gift and there are no ugly ties involved.

This holiday season, Do Good. Feel Good. And Change the World.

Cheers,
The Anonymous Good Team

 

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Ideas To: Do Good. Feel Good. Change the World.

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We loved this user-submited list of ideas for doing Good (obviously, but we may be a wee bit partial). Enjoy!

Good: Tell a friend how to post on Anonymous Good

Great: Invite some friends over and show them how to post on Anonymous Good

Gandhi: Work with the community to show everyone how to post on Anonymous Good, so everyone can Do Good. Feel Good. Change the World. (Just like Olds, Alberta, Canada did!)

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3 Good Ideas

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Good: Leave a bigger tip than you normally would for your server

Great: Give a handwritten note to a friend expressing your appreciation for their awesomeness

Gandhi: Ready to replace your computer? Donate it to a literacy program

 

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Do Good!

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Good: Keep an extra snack on hand in case you run into a hungry coworker, friend or stranger!

Great: Offer a coworker a ride!

Gandhi: Donate your leftovers to a homeless shelter every week!

 

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Try These 3 Good Ideas

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Good: Tidily clean up after yourself at the gym for the next person

Great: Send a care package to a loved one or coworker

Gandhi: Purchase pre-paid phone cards and leave them for someone to find

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Get going on some Good!

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Good: Buy a coffee for someone in need!

Great: Collect and donate old cell phones to charity!

Gandhi: Pick something you’re good at and offer free lessons!

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The First Person You Help When You Help Others is…YOURSELF

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Everyone knows that volunteering is a great way to help others, but you may not know that volunteering has some benefits for you, too. Here are just a few of them:

Volunteering helps fight depression. Feelings of isolation are a risk factor for depression. Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with great folks. Jerks don’t seem to volunteer all that much.

Volunteering gives your self-esteem a boost. When you volunteer, you’re not only doing Good, you’re feeling Good too, and when you feel Good…well, you can see where this is going. Your self-esteem gets a nice boost; you feel Good about what you’re doing, so you feel better about yourself. Makes perfect sense!

Volunteering reduces stress. Since volunteering keeps you around other people and focused on their needs, volunteers tend to have lower stress levels.

Volunteering helps you live longer. Well, in a way. You see, studies have shown that those who volunteer tend to have a lower mortality rate than those who do not. But that’s not all – volunteering also seems to reduce the symptoms of chronic pain and heart disease.

When You Help Others, You Help Yourself!

For more good stuff on volunteering, check out the full article by HelpGuide here!

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Jump up and DO GOOD!

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Good: Leave some change at a vending machine for the next person!

Great: Pick up litter at your local park!

Gandhi: Guerilla Garden for Good!

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Do These 3 Acts of Good!

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Good: Let someone go in front of you in line!

Great: Give yummy treats to co-workers!

Gandhi: Save money for your personal “Do Good” fund!

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Do these 3 Acts of Good!

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GOOD: Smile at someone!

GREAT: Give up your seat to someone who needs it!

GANDHI: Spend a day with Habitat for Humanity!

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