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Happiness, health, prosperity and peace, a better world for our children – all of us want these same things in life. I believe that our wish for a harmonious world begins and ends with doing good. This holds the power to positively transform us from the inside and then ripple out in ever expanding circles, impacting the world at large. You can find your place in life by choosing to think good, speak good and do good.

Good starts with each one of us as an individual. It’s a personal journey filled with opportunities on which you can choose to act, as your heart desires. Driven by the energy of goodness and authentic goodwill, you can find and connect to yourself profoundly, and make extraordinary things happen to you. All the circles of life around you will be touched by this, and it colors the world with positivity.

Taking personal responsibility for coming up with new ideas and solutions for the challenges we face in life moves us towards a collective, positive future. This is the gift we give to ourselves and to our world when we choose goodness and take action towards it. Collectively, our good deeds are gaining momentum together, and a critical mass of goodness is building up in the world, to replace outdated beliefs that are no longer working.

Not much is needed to do good, it is simple, and everyone can do it. Picking up litter on the street and throwing it in the bin, a smile that brightens someone else’s day, a listening ear, these are simple acts of kindness that make an immediate difference in our surroundings, while also positively affecting us on a personal level. Other acts of doing good can involve volunteering with your community, sprucing up your neighborhood, renovating schools, helping out with the needy, and more.

Whatever is closest to your heart, find the activity that best suits you, and connect to that positive energy from within, which inspires, empowers and enriches lives.

Each and every one of us can give of themselves for the benefit of others, according to their own skill and abilities. Each one of us has a place where we can use our unique talents for the greater good. When more and more people think good, speak good and do good, you’ll see that together, in expressing our goodwill and faith in our abilities, we’re creating a lasting and real change, for us and future generations.

Just imagine the impact when people from all walks of life, age and background, give of themselves for the benefit of others, society and the planet. We can move more quickly towards good is we focus on it and continue to expand the circles.

Each one has a part to play in our collective future.

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Shari Arison is an American-Israeli, and the owner of the Arison Group, that fuses values-led businesses and philanthropic organizations. She leads commercial and social investments in 38 countries across 5 continents, with 27,000 employees.

FORBES magazine repeatedly ranked Shari Arison as one of the World’s Most Powerful Women (2011, 2012), and as the World's 2nd Greenest Billionaire (2010), acknowledging her commitment to strategic value creation for positive, game-changing environmental, economic and social outcomes.

Out of her belief that each and every one of us can give of themselves for the benefit of others, according to their own skill and abilities, Shari initiated Good Deeds Day seven years ago. Given the opportunity, people want to do good, individually and collectively. This annual celebration of giving draws hundreds of thousands in more than 50 countries around the world, all coming out to do good deeds as their heart desires. On Good Deeds Day, people from all walks of life, age and background, give of themselves for the benefit of others, society and the planet. Just imagine the impact!

It is always exciting to see the outpour of goodwill on Good Deeds Day. Countless activities and projects, involving businesses, organizations and communities, are held worldwide. Anyone can join this day, uniting together around the common goal of doing good. You can even make a pledge of goodwill by visiting, signing up to take your grandma to lunch, smile all day, or anything simple that your heart desires.

To inspire and empower people to focus on goodness, Shari wrote Activate Your Goodness: Transforming the World through Doing Good. This book highlights personal stories and those of others around the world, to give readers practical tools in making a positive difference. Shari feels she has been privileged to act through the platforms of business and philanthropy, striving daily to do her part in expanding the circles of good.

In her values-driven investments and philanthropy, initiatives such as Good Deeds Day, the digital platform, and the book Activate Your Goodness, Shari wishes to demonstrate that positive impact is possible, for each and everyone personally, and in all circles of life.

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This Post Has 10 Comments

  1. Wow! Thank you so much for THAT confirmation! That good is building up in the world to replace the old outdated ideas that no longer work. That is just the confirmation I needed to hear! Thanks so much!

  2. It’s such a spirit lifter to focus on what I can do rather than on it’s all hopeless. Filling my plate with Coors to help others also fills my cup with love and light. Thanks for the reminder.

  3. A profound way in getting others to stop, think and take a look in the mirror. Nicely put, if only more of us humans would affirm and absorb those powerful words and then put them to work.

  4. Shari – such good reminders. Thanks for laying them out simply.
    You might want to check out a group called You Matter Marathon (.org) run by Cheryl Rice.

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