Doing A Good Deed… It Does Make Us Feel Good…

TODAY is the last day of 2016. However, when I decided to write on this piece,  in no way that I want to be boastful. I just want to share the feel-good feeling that stay with me throughout the day…

Seriously folks… Have you ever felt a rush after doing a good deed? Ever noticed you were more relaxed after a day of volunteering? Did you ever feel motivated to do good after thinking about the last time you helped someone?

My unintentional good deed started with a simple request from a dear friend  who asked me to help calling a Tuan Haji in the East Coast I was really reluctant. Being paranoid and a host of other thoughts came through my mind. But since I have promised him that I would make a call. So I did.

It was very pleasant Tuan Haji on the other end. Gave his little laugh when I told him that I don’t know anything about business as my nature of work is in the media. Then he volunteered to give his words of  wisdom by telling me that it doesn’t take much to do business. That anyone can do business. Deep in my heart I told myself, if only it was that easy…hehe

And much to my surprise and as my dear friend suspected, he has been cheated for quite a sum of money (it is US dollar we are talking about here) in the past 3 business deals he conducted through a middle person.

The Tuan Haji told me how he wanted to warn my friend that he never liked the middle man and that the man has been cheating my friend… But couldn’t do it due to language barrier… Talk about an honest businessman here…

Once I thanked the Tuan Haji warmly for all the infos he has given me, I dully texted my friend who was still fast asleep at that time…

But I felt elated and beyond happy for saving my friend hard-earned money that he will not be cheated again. God willing.

Seriously I didn’t even think how much money that my phone call to Tuan Haji had saved… Until my friend called me up and couldn’t believe his eyes reading my text! And promised a reward… Lol! which I replied with Laughing Out Loud… cos it never crossed my mind at all…

Despite my self-confessed of being horrible in Math… Prodded by my friend’s claim that I have saved him a lot of money…I did quick calculation, and if my friend proceeds with his intended purchase he can now save about USD87,500.00!

This incident begged me to explore the feel-good feeling that we experienced everytime we did a good deed – big and small.

It could be just us decided to purchase some “keropok” or fish cracker packets from lady seller in front a bank one evening even though we don’t really need the snack…or us decided to insert small change in a box place at payment counter at shops…these things made us feel good undoubtedly…

Recently, another very dear friend questioned me this one evening. He said,” Dear, have you ever done something good either big or small for others in the name of Allah…”

I was stumped. Dumbfounded. Touched. Since he already informed me that he doesn’t subscribe to any religion. Being raised by a Muslim mother and a non-Muslim father…

Though his question was very simple and straight forward but it ran deep. Though it doesn’t make me wanting to go out every day to help others out but it makes me more aware of my surroundings.

I guess it comes with age as you are more aware of our blessings and makes us more emphathised more  and deeper  towards others who are less fortunate. As I have been more attuned towards others  in the recent times but his question undoubtedly made me extra sensitive…

As for a Muslim, we were trained since we were small to help and do good onto others but not for worldly rewards but solely for Allah’s mercy and blessings. And I am sure every religion subscribed for the same thing… Encouraged their faithfuls to do good onto others….

Apparently, in the last few years, researchers have looked at the so-called helper’s high and its effects on the human body. Scientists are searching to understand just how altruism — the wish to perform good deeds — affects our health, even our longevity.

Many of us do good deeds for a wide variety of reasons. A good deed is helping someone without looking for a reward or a pat on the back. Think about how much one receives and consider volunteering to help someone, keep busy, repay a debt, or just for fun! No matter what, it will feel good after helping another.

Acts of heroism are one form of altruism — as we saw on 9/11, when firemen rushed into the World Trade Center. People from all walk of life joined the rescue and recovery effort, working grueling 12-hour shifts.

And also those who helped refugees in Greece…or those volunteers who risk their lives by staying put and helping out those in Aleppo, and other cities in war-torn Syria…

In everyday life, countless people choose to give up free time to volunteer — whether it’s serving at soup kitchens, cleaning up litter, taking elderly people to the grocery store, or helping a next-door neighbor.

What prompts a human being to act heroically? What makes us perform good deeds? When we act on behalf of other people, research shows that they feel greater comfort, less stress. A