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Good deeds done following simple rules can prompt smiles from all who participate. The first rule is to check your timing making sure it is right.  A note of congratulations needs to be fairly prompt to bring a warm glow that can't compare to "belated" good wishes.  And, a hot meal arriving when someone needs it the most can mean more than a week's worth of groceries given at a later time.  

Timing can also be a help or a hindrance at the reception of the well-intentioned but completely unexpected good deed.  A surprise party can surprise the giver and embarrass the receiver if the time catches them off guard.  Make sure gentle warning or well thought out details are in place to smooth the way.
In the area of volunteerism, be sure of your gifts and talents before offering your services.  For example, don't offer your services as treasurer if figures aren't your strong suit or offer to make posters if art is not your forte.  The world's best intentions can't cover slipshod work.
Finally, the most important suggestion is to listen.  Sometimes you really do want to help someone who's going through a hard time, but you think there's nothing you can do.  Think again.  Perhaps that friend in the hospital doesn't need a pep talk from you, but really needs someone to just "listen" to them.  Put down your pen drafting that get well speech and just go to be available to whatever their needs are.

Good deeds are needed, as much now as they've ever been but just make sure your good deeds are the kind that will really help.

posted on: 10/11/2011 12:00:00 PM by Judy Warmington
category: The Mental Side

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