A Beginner’s Guide To Being A Good Person

Everyone most of us want to be good people who do good things in this world, right? It shouldn’t be hard, but there are certainly those who excel at it and others who, to put it simply, suck.

One of the best ways to get in the mindset of a good person is to do some of the things good people do.

Disclaimer: doing all these things mightn’t magically convert you into being a good person overnight, but they’re all really productive, fulfilling and worth having a crack at.

Give back

Good people give back to their community; they give up their time, money or unwanted possessions – what are you willing to give up?

If you’ve got a few spare hours in the week, you could consider volunteering. There are a bunch of places searching for volunteers, like animal rescue shelters, national parks, food pantries, libraries, retirement homes and the YMCA. All of which would be keen to have you help out where you can.

If time’s not on your side, you’ve surely got some old clothes in your wardrobe which haven’t seen the light of day in a while: you should donate them.

The same goes for unwanted furniture and homewares. Places like Vinnies, The Salvation Army and Lifeline are always calling out for those kinds of donations to help out families and individuals in need.

Foster an animal

What’s the greatest thing in this world? Money? Love? Power? Wrong, it’s dogs.

And all other animals, for that matter… If you’re thinking of getting a pet, adopt, don’t shop! There are so many beautiful and cute little woofers and kitties who are homeless and want to call your house home.

If, like me, you’re dog obsessed but have commitment issues, you can always opt for being an animal foster carer. Because there are so many animals in need of a home, shelters are pretty full up and this is where you come in. Some organisations are calling out for volunteers to babysit am animal for a few days, weeks or months to take the burden off the shelters before they are adopted.

It’s totally on your terms too. You just need to have a place fit for the kind of animal you want to adopt. For example, if you want to play with a Great Dane, your studio apartment is probably not the place

Donate blood

If you can’t spare to part with your old clothes and your calendar is pretty booked up, there is one thing you have heaps of, which you can give to someone in need – blood.

Donating blood at the Red Cross Blood Service takes 30 minutes tops. First, you’ll be asked to confidentially answer a few questions to determine your eligibility (not everyone’s allowed to donate).

Then, before you know it you’ll have donated blood, saved three lives in the process and will be sipping on the free milkshake you scored. There’s also a bunch of yum snacks – well deserved, I say.

Do something nice for a friend

Doing something nice for someone you care about is certainly a trait that good people possess. And spoiler alert, it also makes you feel really good inside.

It doesn’t have to be a big grand gesture either. It can be as simple as shouting your co-worker a coffee, cooking your mate dinner or hanging your housemate’s washing out on the line when it’s done in the machine. These small gestures mightn’t mean much to you, but truly have the power to make someone else’s day.

And, what goes around comes around, right? Put some positivity out into the universe and it’ll find its way back to you. 

Find a role model or mentor

Knowing you want to be a better person is one thing, but how do you go about it? Well, starting with the tips above is a great starting point, but is there someone in your life that you consider to be the best at being good?

If so, look at them for inspiration or if you can, make a mentor out of them.

If you’re not sure how to find (and keep) a mentor, we’ve got you covered – check out our tips.

Don’t be a dick

Sound simple? That’s because it totally is! It’s important to check yourself (before you wreck yourself) from time to time to make sure you aren’t being a crappy person.

Crappy people include those rude to hospitality and retail workers, people who yell at telemarketers over the phone and friends who talk smack behind your back – these people want to watch the world burn.

Lets all be really kind to one another and be really good people. I’m glad we all agree – good hustle, guys.

Bradley is a writer from Newcastle who enjoys travel, Tina Fey and is a connoisseur of cheap red wine.