6 Ways Good Deeds Will Keep You On The Straight And Narrow

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You get a ton of advice on things to do to help you stay sober. Such as eating healthy, exercising, building healthy relationships, and spending time on your passions and hobbies. These are all great ways to stay sober while supporting your mental health and wellbeing.

Yet, I’m going to throw one more crucial thing your way. Which is to practice doing good deeds for others. Not only are you helping others but, it is beneficial for you as well.

Doing good deeds for others can definitely keep you flying on the straight and narrow, which is what you want. You will shift the perspective away from I and move it to other people. 

Not only does this get you out of your own damn head, which at times is a very dangerous place to be. But doing good deeds can honestly help you stay sober.

Keep reading to find out exactly why helping other people will help you too.

6 Ways Good Deeds Will Keep You On The Straight and Narrow

You’ll Feel Good

Making it a mission to help anyone when you have the time to is proven to give you a feel-good factor. You will experience happiness and a sense of fulfillment in your life. This is important when you’re burdened with a mundane job, or lost in amongst a dull routine at home. And of course, maintaining your sobriety and keeping up your kick-ass sober lifestyle.

It could be something as simple and kind as hiring a pet healer for your pet dog who seems sad and withdrawn (yes, pets get sad too!). Helping others can help break your daily routine mold and introduce a new sense of fulfillment to your life.

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Butterfly Effect

The impact of good deeds big and small are most likely being observed.  You never know whos watching. Your little one, a friend, your parents or even strangers.

An exciting part of this observation is that what you’re doing by helping others is contagious. By seeing you perform a good deed, others will be more inclined and likely to do good deeds too.

This is essentially likened to the butterfly effect. Your good deeds will impact onlookers, be inspiring and encourage others to do good too.

This goes hand in hand with your feel-good factor, giving you more reasons and momentum to stay clear from reverting to substances.

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A Sense Of Purpose

When you choose to help others or guide them in overcoming a bad past, it gives you a sense of purpose. Not to mention, it will provide you with an additional reason to stay sober.

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It gives you the motivation to keep going. To stay on the correct course, continuing to fly straight and narrow. This helps you to avoid the daily temptations of reverting back to using drugs or drinking alcohol.

Many recovering addicts find that helping others in similar situations is there true purpose and meaning in life. It’s turning your mess into a message which I think is absolutely badass. I feel it’s my purpose. Maybe it’s yours too.


Helping others can increase your ability to bond with people. Whether you’re helping your grandparents with their food shopping, helping your niece with her homework, or meeting and engaging with new people in need of your help.

Supporting others shows people you can be trusted and relied upon. Both of which are desirable qualities for building strong, lasting relationships.

This will make you be a person people want to be around. This might be quite a big deal because healthy relationships weren’t happening in active addiction.

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Opposed to wallowing in our own self-pity or being bored to the point of bad distractions. Try filling in those gaps with good deeds.

Choosing to help people, animals, or even the environment could be just what you need to steer you away from harming your sober streak.

By making an effort to continuously practice doing good deeds, you build up momentum. It fills up your time and your mind in healthy ways so that you don’t think about relapse or what’s wrong. You are consciously choosing to focus on ONLY the good.

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Live Longer

Did you ever feel like your addiction has caused you to lose days, months, or even years of your life? You hate the fact that you ruined your life for so long and now life seems so much shorter. 

So I will let you in on something super cool. (At least, I think so.) Helping others can actually help you to live longer!

Yes, I am dead serious. Without getting too much into science and studies, I’ll break it down quickly.

By helping other people and doing good deeds, you will reduce your risk of developing depression or stress-related anxiety. It lowers your blood pressure and will reduce stress levels. What that means for you is a healthier, happier and in turn, longer living you.

“You don’t have to be famous or rich to do a good deed. No matter how small it may seem, each kind deed sends a rippling action of kindness to humanity. Whether it is donating, helping the donor to implement or ensuring the donation recipients are treated right, each one of us has a role in philanthropy.”

― Gloria D. Gonsalves

 Good Deeds Help Keep You Sober

I hope this post piqued your interest.

When something as simple as doing good deeds can help you stay sober, why wouldn’t you?  Not to mention, the 6 benefits listed above which all directly relate to maintaining your sober lifestyle. 

What and who you choose to support is entirely up to you.  This could be your relatives, friends, or even wanting to volunteer for a cause you feel passionate about. This might be helping to clear up the environment, support the community, feed the homeless, or offer to help at a pet shelter for abandoned animals. The more you consciously open up our eyes to those seeking help, the more opportunities you will find.

Bear in mind that everyone’s morals and beliefs are diverse, so what you constitute as being a good deed may be different to someone else, for that reason, you should do only that which you feel comfortable with.

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