Episode 91: 8 Ways to Do Good (and Stay on Santa’s Nice List)

8 Ways to Do Good (and stay on Santa's nice list)

It’s that time of year where everyone is trying to be good and stay on Santa’s nice list. Kids are trying to be good so Santa will show up. Adults are trying to be good on their diet so they can indulge at holiday meals. But are we also trying to do good? Listen in to Episode 91 of Just One Simple Thing to learn eight simple good things you can do in this holiday season.

Author Stephen King once said, “Being good is commendable, but only when it is combined with doing good is it useful.”

“Doing good” can be thought of in two ways. It can mean “good” as in “beneficial”. Do something helpful for someone that they may not be able to for themselves.

It can also mean “good” as in “right”. Do the right thing at the right time. I think Paul had both of these meanings in mind when he encouraged the Galatians to do good.

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

When we do things that benefit others, God will bless us in His way and in His timing. When we keep doing the right thing at the right time for our ministry or business, we’ll reap a harvest if we don’t give up. Either way, here are some good things you can keep doing, because it’s good to do them.

1. Stop checking social media continuously.
It’s good to have a solid social media strategy, but obsessing and measuring your value by the numbers is neither beneficial or the right thing to do.

2. Tweet in the morning.
If Twitter feels like a dark and negative place to you, try spending your time there in the early morning. A study showed that 5am to 6am is the happiest time on Twitter.

3. Volunteer to help others.
Volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment. It can be just a one-time thing that’s helpful at the right time.

4. Count your blessings every day.
Good things happened today. I know they did. Counting them up is another good thing.

5. Send a note to someone you’ve never met, but admire.
Reach out to someone and let them know how much you appreciate what they are doing.

6. Ask “How Can I Help?”
If you aren’t sure what the good thing is in a difficult situation, ask that question and see how it changes the mood of the room.

7. Share overheard compliments.
When something good is said about someone and she may not know about it, sharing what you heard can help her quiet the voices in her head saying she isn’t good enough.

8.Make a helpful introduction.
People know you trust them when you are willing to extend your circle to include them.

ACTION STEP:
Pick one and do it! Normally, I invite you to share your action step on social media so I can cheer you on, but this time, let’s not do it for the cheers. Let’s do it because doing good is the right thing.

RESOURCES:
Good Boundaries and Goodbyes: Loving Others with Losing the Best of Who You Are by Lysa TerKeurst

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