Throughout the Employee Vitals diagnostic, you'll discover the many ways you are making a difference in your community. The 10 Ways to Do Good are based on a multi-year research study published in a book, Do Good, Feel Better.


Contributing money or stock to a charitable organization recognized by the IRS.

"Giving" means contributing money to a charity of your choice. This includes writing checks, donating stock, making grants from a family foundation, or even dropping coins in a fountain to support a children's hospital. "Giving" means contributing money to an organization, which in turn uses the money to support people in need. For this diagnostic, "giving" does not include your personal contribution of money directly to a specific person or family.


A hands-on contribution of your time to an organized cause that helps others.

"Volunteering" means a hands-on contribution of your time to an organized cause or a formal initiative that helps others. Examples include serving meals in a soup kitchen, sorting clothes in a homeless shelter, helping at a school, teaching a class at your place of worship, or picking up trash on the side of the road.


Furthering a sustainable and regenerative environment.

"Recycling" in this case means something broad, in the sense of respecting a sustainable and regenerative environment. This includes includes turning off lights, recycling aluminum cans, and even making organic choices for your meals or buying fresh produce from a farmer's market. Even planting flowers in your garden is good for the environment.


Being active on a board of directors or similar group for a community or civic purpose.

"Serving" means being a member of a board or committee, including a neighborhood association, a school association, place of worship, or a nonprofit organization. Think about the ways you serve organizations by being part of a formal group that helps lead and manage the organization's activities.


Supporting favorite causes by showing up at events.

"Celebrating" means supporting your favorite causes by attending community events, including auctions, 5Ks, and golf tournaments. Events can also include small gatherings, such as hosting a party around your own kitchen counter to make cards for men and women serving in the military overseas.


Promoting a cause to encourage other people to support it.

"Marketing" in this case means anything you do to tell your family and friends about a favorite cause. "Marketing" includes posting information on social media or texting a suggestion to support a charity. Marketing also includes things like filling a table at a gala, or helping your children or relatives sell cookies or trash bags. The idea here is that you are promoting a cause to encourage other people to support it, too.


Buying products and services that include a charitable element.

"Purchasing" in this case means buying products and services that include a charitable element. For example, do you typically buy the brand of pasta that supports food pantries across America? Or do you feel good when you know that a person across the world got a new pair of shoes, too, when you bought yours?


Collecting necessities for people in need.

"Donating" means collecting necessities to give to people in need, such as canned goods or gently-used clothing.


Helping one particular person, family, or group of people you select.

"Sharing" in this case means activities you do to directly help your own colleagues, family, and friends who are facing health issues or other challenges. For example, you might add money to a medical fund for a specific co-worker or you might prepare a meal for a neighbor who has experienced a loss in the family. Sharing means you are helping one particular individual or family.

Tip: Research indicates that expressing a desire or an intention in writing creates positive psychological benefits.


Acting on a commitment to your own physical and mental health.

"Caring" in this case means acting on a commitment to your own physical and mental well-being. The reason "caring" is important is because human beings are much better equipped to help others when they are also taking care of themselves.