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All it really comes down to is mutual responsibility. Sharing a stake in our collective future, it is up to each and every one of us to care about ourselves, others and our planet. I believe that given the opportunity, people want to do good, people want to see good in the world. By focusing on good, you can embark on a personal journey, filled with uplifting opportunities to truly make a difference, first for yourself, and then in all aspects of life.
Driven by the power of goodness, we can make extraordinary things happen. As more and more people choose to do good deeds for the benefit of others, concentrate on positive thoughts, and consciously use affirmative words while communicating with others, our collective acts of kindness create a critical mass of goodness in the world, affecting people, society and the planet.
Everyone, from any background and all ages, can take active part in moving the tipping point to a world that is full of goodness. All of us want the same things in life - happiness, health, prosperity, peace, a better and secure world for our children. Because of the nature of goodness, which is more subtle, love, compassion, kindness, it is something we need to choose individually and collectively. We already see on Good Deeds Day, growing internationally every year, that by choosing good we have crossed geographical boundaries, cultures and religions, and people, young and old, from all walks of life, are connecting around the simple idea of doing good.
My life-long desire is to inspire people with to do good. I try to create positive change in everything that I do, both in business and in philanthropy, and now also with my new book Activate Your Goodness. Filled with personal stories and stories from others around the world, this book gives tools and lays out life-changing ways to make a difference.
We can all give of ourselves for the benefit of others, each one according to their own skill and abilities. When we do good, we feel good and are uplifted personally. Start with your own self, connect to your authentic goodwill and uniqueness, discover it and express it.
No matter the size of the gesture, be it a smile that brightens someone else's day or volunteering for a cause, as more and more people join in and do their part in the way that is closest to their hearts, the circles of good grow in the world and we will see positive change taking place.
Our wish for a harmonious world begins and ends with doing good. If everyone chooses to come on board and consciously think good, speak good, and do good - just imagine the impact we will have!
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