Let me be honest from the start. I wanted to read One Good Deed because I like Erin. I don't actually know her, but I've been a Twitter friend (@ErinHere) for a few years, and I always like what she has to say. At the same time, I was a bit hesitant. I don't mesh well with books that are meant to be inspiring.
I'm so happy that my fears were for naught. First, Erin's style is not preachy. In fact, as I read each daily entry in One Good Deed, I felt as if we were sitting across a booth from each other, sipping coffee (or eating ice cream!) and having a quick catch-up. Erin writes in a light, airy, conversational style that made it easy for me to keep reading and made me curious to see what the next day would bring.
Second, Erin's good deeds are really just little things we all can and probably should be doing every day. And, now that I think about it, most of us are already doing at least one good deed every single day. What Erin has done is to make us conscious of them so that we can act in a more mindful way.
Here are some of the good deeds I remember:
- Say thank you.
- Give up a seat on the bus.
- Be a good tipper.
- Help that last customer even though you've already clocked out.
- Listen to a friend, even when you're tired.
- Hold the elevator.
- Give directions to a stranger.
- Take a bug outside instead of killing it.
Read Erin McHugh's One Good Deed for yourself and give a copy to a friend. And even though it's only October, I'm recommending it as a great Christmas gift or as a Thanksgiving or New Year's Eve host/hostess gift. Little acts add up, and what better time to be reminded of this than now, as we head into the holiday season.