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I've made a commitment: to do one good deed per day. Large or small, it doesn't matter. Self-sacrificing or not, extraordinary or mundane, it doesn't matter. Just one thing every day, that's all.

The more I do good, the better I feel about myself. Truly, to benefit others is to benefit yourself. I hope this journal may inspire others who also yearn to do good. So join me on this journey, if you will, and think about the difference you can make in your own life.

Monday, November 30, 2009


Today's post completes one full year of good deeds. A year ago, when I got the idea for this blog, I wasn't sure I'd be able to keep it up. I wasn't sure I would come up with enough ideas. And in the last month or two, my Internet connection was so terrible that I couldn't record deeds on a daily basis and ended up with many very short and colorless posts. But despite all that, I completed the blog.

Was it worth it? Absolutely. It made me happier each day to know I'd done my part. My favorite deeds were serving food to the homeless at House of Charity, organizing the Genocide Prevention Ritual, and of course my signature deed: picking up trash.

So am I giving up daily deeds? No way. This blog is done, but the deeds go on.

Thank you to those who gave me support this year!

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  1. Thank you for posting this blog. It has made me stop and think and I have tried to do some good deeds myself. It has been an inspiration.

  2. Thank you very much! I'm glad you enjoyed this blog.

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  4. Hey,

    I dont know whether you read this or not and believe it or not but I'm writing this. I was just thinking of opening up a site to do good for the rest of teh society and of course for me. I just thought that it hsould be named as onegooddeed and when I googled it I found your blog that's amazing. I'm from India and the blog that you made up goes by my thoughts. I just loved this. I'm not so tech savvy but I know I can do something gud for my country and I'll do it. Cheers to you buddy and rock on!!

    All the best for your ventures,

  5. Thank you for finding my good deeds blog! I'm glad you enjoyed it, and I wish you the best on your efforts! Good to meet a like-minded soul. :-)

  6. 2 of my work colleagues have starting writing 'ranting' blogs where they can let off steam about things that irritate them. They have plenty of scope.
    So, I decided to write a blog which would be an antidote to their whining negativity; I plan to focus on the small acts of kindness that I witness every day within our community to remind people that there are fabulous positive aspects to humanity. I was led to your blog by researching where the 'one good act a day' idea came from; and I think that you are an inspiration to us all! The little things really do count!

  7. Thanks, Chez. Good luck on your blog!

  8. Your blog is fabulous! It is very inspirational and uplifting.

  9. Hey Brandon.

    I stumbled upon your blog and I think your idea was awesome. It inspired me so much that I have already decided to take your challenge forward, along with my brother. We'll be doing one good deed a day each, throughout 2011. Logs will be kept at Facebook.

    If you don't mind, I'd like to have your e-mail, so we can exchange a few words.
    My e-mail: contact@holistic-self-improvement.com

    Cheers and thanks for sharing your experience!

  10. Thank you for your kind words, Filipe. I wish you the best on your challenge!

  11. Great! We've started today, here's the facebook page if you wish to check it out: http://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Good-Deed-a-Day/170430579665958?v=app_4949752878

    Happy New Year!

  12. What a terrific blog, Brandon! Five years ago, I did a good deed a day for 50 days, and what followed was so unexpected... several magazine stories and a blog later, the impact continues. It's amazing how making a small difference actually leads to a lot of bigger differences, isn't it? Great work!

  13. Thank you, Lisabendall. Would you share the link to your blog?

  14. Hi! I'm starting a project kind of just like this... It's not going to be a daily thing, it's going to be quite sporadic actually because my blog is about spontaneous ideas. Any how, I felt the need to share with you my experience.


    I hope you enjoy my silly rants :)

  15. Hey there,
    My name is Dayle, I have a blog that is along the same thinking. It is called "Nice deeds, by nice people". I would like to add your site to my blog roll if that is ok with you. Just think that like minded people should stick together ;).

    my site: http://dayle.me/nicedeedsbynicepeople/

    Thanks! You are doing wonderful things... really nice to see!


  16. Sorry, Dayle here again... wanted to make sure I to make sure I gave you the right sight...


  17. Dayle, of course you may. Thanks.

  18. Wow!!! I can't believe that you're making it on a daily basis. I have my own version but it is weekly. Unfortunately, i wasn't able to continue it due to work, school and health. Hopefully i can resume anytime soon.


  19. Your blog looks wonderful. Are you in the Phillipines?

  20. i dont know if u still visit this blog anymore,but.. just wanted to tell u that i found this blog, and i was truly inspired. I've started a blog yesterday (with the same concept as yours, hope u don't mind. except for the template.lol) with the hope that i can also inspire others like how i was inspired by u :)

    thank you!

  21. This is an awesome blog! I have a similar one called Planted Deeds. To read more check out:


    Very inspirational, keep up the good work!

  22. Hello Newberg! Beautiful blog with big message.I also want to share my views with you all about this. To help others is not only good for them, but it also makes us happier and healthier too. Giving some help of any kind connects us to others, creating stronger communities and hence build a happier society for all. Helping other isn't mean all about money - but it can be by your giving time, ideas and energy. So if you want to feel good, do good!

    1. Couldn't have said it better myself. :-)