Want to do more good in your everyday life? Then you've come to the right place! Whether for other people, for animals, for the environment or even for yourself - there can never be enough good deeds!
In a world often characterized by negativity, hatred and conflict, doing good deeds and making the world a little better showers us with happy hormones. That's why many of us look for ways to make positive change. But sometimes you don't even know where to start.
In this article, I would like to introduce you to 111 good deeds in everyday life with which you can make an important contribution to the environment, people, animals and also your personal well-being.
Doing good in everyday life: over 100 inspiring ideas
Then let's not waste too much time and get straight to the possibilities of making the world a little better every day. Here you'll get a whole broadside of fresh ideas that you can integrate into your everyday life relatively simply. Use them as a constant source of inspirationto do something good every day. Let's go!
Improve world with good deeds #1 - 10
- Plant a tree. (for example with Treedom)
- For each new garment, turn in an old one. (see Slow Fashion)
- Get involved with the shelter. (see Help animals)
- Collect trash on a walk. (e.g. Collect garbage on vacation)
- Visit someone who is alone a lot. (e.g. a widowed uncle)
- Watch a documentary about meat consumption and production. (see vegan documentaries)
- Only buy things that you really need. (see minimalist living)
- Donate 10 Euro to an organization of your choice. (e.g. to a Animal welfare organization)
- Replace the plastic bag with a jute bag.
- Deliberately buy unformed fruits and vegetables.
Tip: How else you Reduce food use I'll explain how you can do this in the linked article.
Improve world with good deeds #11 - 20
- Offer a ride to other people. (e.g. with BlaBlaCar)
- Look for seasonality in your grocery shopping. (see seasonal shopping)
- Provide hedgehogs with a plate of oatmeal in the spring and before winter. (see Feed hedgehog properly)
- Get a reusable water bottle. (e.g. these*; see also Zero Waste Beginner Tips)
- Buy your food consciously from the region. (see Prefer regional food)
- Volunteer at the food bank.
- Leave a pile of leaves in the garden. (see Create sustainable garden)
- Switch to green power provider:inside. (here it goes for comparison*)
- Take part in a demonstration against a grievance. (e.g. against Factory farming)
- Go jogging and pick up trash as you go. (see Plogging)
Improve world with good deeds #21 - 30
- Adopt an animal instead of buying it from a breeding facility.
- Use Ecosia.org as your search engine. (see sustainable search engines)
- Consciously say "no plastic straw for me, please" when you order a cocktail. (see Reasons to give up plastic straws)
- Support a petition against a grievance in our society. (see Start online petition)
- Deliberately address an environmental issue and its solution in your everyday life. (e.g. Plastic waste in the environment)
- Send a postcard to a special person in your life.
- Compost your organic waste. (see Proper composting)
- Pay meticulous attention for one day not to complain. (see quotes about Positive thinking)
- Let manufacturers know if you would like to see a product changed to be more environmentally friendly. (e.g. shampoo without Microplastics, see Redesign products)
- Consciously avoid plastic ingredients in peelings and creams. (see Microplastics in cosmetics, Recommendation: App CodeCheck)
Improve world with good deeds #31 - 40
- Cook a vegan meal with friends. (e.g. this kitchari recipe)
- Put the lid on the pot before heating water. (see Saving electricity in everyday life)
- Ask an old friend how he is doing.
- Go donate blood and save lives.
- Catch rainwater and water your flowers with it.
- Give someone a little gift just like that. (see plastic free gifts)
- Reduce unnecessary weight in your car. (see sustainable driving)
- Block off a weekend to read a new book. (e.g. Sustainable living for beginners)
- Quit smoking. (see Stop smoking)
- Hold the door open for someone.
Tip: Do you actually know, why it makes us humans too happy to help others? In the linked article I present you the most important reasons.
Improve world with good deeds #41 - 50
- For one week, question the necessity of your purchases. (see Protecting the environment in everyday life)
- Buy yourself a second hand piece of clothing.
- Tip a little more than usual at the café.
- Try to make a conscious effort to shop without packaging. (see plastic free shopping)
- Ride your bike to the bakery instead of driving.
- Create a wildflower bed in the garden. (see Bee pasture garden)
- Support bloggers who do good (for you). (e.g. through a Donation to the coffee fund 😉 )
- Stand up on the train when someone needs a seat.
- Meet your fellow human beings with an open mind.
- Reject info flyers in the pedestrian zone. (see Decline for less waste)
Tip: My best Zero Waste Tips I have compiled a separate blog article for you. Feel free to have a look there as well!
Improve world with good deeds #51 - 60
- Buy yogurt in a deposit jar instead of a plastic cup.
- Support a:n busker:in.
- Do food sharing and save food from the garbage can. (see Food Sharing)
- Give up your cell phone for a week. (see Digital Detox)
- Don't talk badly about other people.
- Use the direct search at your search engine and not the browser or voice search. (see sustainable on the internet)
- Pay someone a polite compliment.
- Consciously replace disposable products with reusable products. (e.g. plastic cutlery with washable stainless steel cutlery, see sustainable lifehacks of our grandparents)
- Offset your carbon footprint. (see Offset emissions)
- Report direct or indirect animal cruelty when you observe it. (see cruelty to animals)
Improve world with good deeds #61 - 70
- Consume as little water as possible for one day. (see Water saving tips)
- Assist for a day as a volunteer:r at a mercy farm.
- Celebration New Year's Eve without rockets. (see New Year's Eve without fireworks)
- Give birds the opportunity for a water and sand bath. (see Bird friendly garden)
- Avoid foods and cosmetics with palm oil. (see Palm oil destroys rainforest)
- Honestly answer the question of why you are meat. (Recommendation: Love animals but eat meat?)
- Visit a nursing home and spend time with lonely people who rarely get visitors.
- Take an online course. (for example Going vegan made easy*)
- Consciously refrain from having to be right.
- Kindly explain to someone why you can't feed ducks. (see Feeding ducks prohibited)
Improve world with good deeds #71 - 80
- Cook yourself a dish with meat substitutes. (e.g. tempeh instead of beef, see Legumes instead of meat)
- Stay on site an extra week for every hour you fly on your next trip. (see Mass tourism)
- Deliberately smile at someone and spread good cheer.
- Use curd soap to remove stains from your shoes. (see Curd soap household applications)
- Thank someone, for their daily work. (e.g. the postman/postwoman)
- Build a piece of furniture from old wooden planks. (e.g. Build coffee table yourself)
- Attend a first aid course and be ready in case of an emergency.
- Become a vegan:in and give up animal products. (see Vegan lifestyle)
- Abstain from consuming eggs for a week and stick with it if you find that you are not lacking anything. (see Chick Shredding)
- Spend a whole day outside in the countryside. (see Health through spending time in nature)
Improve world with good deeds #81 - 90
- Consciously avoid buying products from the Nestlé corporation. (see Nestlé criticism)
- Become an organ donor and save lives.
- Organize a party without garbage. (see plastic free party)
- Spaces a cliché about veganism from the world. (see vegan prejudices)
- Support a beach cleanup event. (see Make Beach CleanUp)
- Tell someone why you like him/her.
- Make yourself a dishwashing liquid from ivy leaves. (see Making washing up liquid from ivy yourself)
- Use coffee grounds to remove odors from the refrigerator. (see Coffee grounds applications)
- Prefer a local, handmade souvenir from your vacation. (see sustainable souvenirs)
- Write down 3 things you are truly grateful for.
Tip: Introduce such gratitude diary* and take a few minutes each day to write down what you are grateful for. This will help you reflect on your behavior and focus on the positive things in your life.
Improve world with good deeds #91 - 100
- Just don't mow the lawn for a few weeks and admire your vibrant garden.
- Make a conscious effort to buy the right thing the next time you shop online. (see Avoid returns)
- Apologize if you misbehaved.
- Offer your mail carrier something to drink.
- Save hard bread from the garbage can. (see Making bread chips from stale bread)
- When on vacation, look for accommodation that consciously avoids waste. (see Zero Waste Journey)
- Take a trip into nature. (e.g. Paddling in the Spreewald)
- Switch to an environmentally friendly credit union with your checking account. (see Eco banks comparison)
- Give time to a homeless person. (or some food)
- Replace mineral water with tap water. (see Tap water advantages)
Improving the world with good deeds #101 - 111
- Let quotes inspire you. (see Sustainability Quotes)
- Buy a book at your local bookstore instead of online.
- Set up a book box for your neighborhood.
- Carpool to work.
- Learn the basic rules of a waste-avoiding lifestyle in 10 minutes. (see Zero Waste Lifestyle)
- At the checkout in the supermarket, let someone with only a few purchases go ahead.
- Repair a garment with a hole.
- Cook up meals for your next festival. (see Zero Waste at the Festival)
- After an argument, take the first step toward reconciliation.
- Donate your bottle deposit at the vending machine.
- Share this list of good deeds with other people in your everyday life.
You can make the world better every day
I have given you many ideas here for good deeds in everyday life. But if my hands were not so tired, I could have easily given you a hundred more on the way. For example, sharing an inspiring blog post with friends. - but that's just an idea 😉 .
In any case, the huge range of options for doing good shows that at any time in our lives we are spoilt for choice as to whether - and above all how - we make the world a better place.
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."Edmund Burke (more at Good Deeds Quotes)
I hope that I could inspire you with my suggestions. Do you have any questions, tips or further suggestions and ideas for good deeds in everyday life? Then just write me a comment under this post.
Stay human, good-natured and helpful,
PS: Do you already know the sustainable job portal? There you will find job openings for professions that create added value for you, for our environment and for our society. Take a look if you also want to do good every day at work!