Most Americans Average About Five Good Deeds a Month

Most Americans Average About Five Good Deeds a Month

Most Americans Average About Five Good Deeds a Month

 

The average American carries out five good deeds a month, according to a new survey. Whether it be helping someone with directions (66 percent) or holding the door open for a stranger (65 percent), it really is true that the smallest thing can make a big difference to someone. Over half (53 percent) of those surveyed have even gone so far as to pay for a stranger’s meal. Other good deeds people have carried out within the past year include: helping someone carry their groceries home (55 percent), picking up litter or garbage (53 percent), and giving change to a panhandler (47 percent). The study, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Vitamin Angels, examined American’s charitable habits. People are more willing to give back after being on the receiving end of someone else’s good deed – approximately 20 percent more likely in fact. After being on the receiving end of someone paying it forward, 88 percent of respondents said they then returned the favor to a stranger.

The Top 10 Good Deeds

  • Helped someone with directions: 66 percent
  • Held the door open for a stranger: 65 percent
  • Let someone with fewer items go in front of me in line at a store: 60 percent
  • Helped someone cross the street: 60 percent
  • Completed a chore/errand for a family member or friend: 56 percent
  • Gave a dollar or so to charity when checking out while shopping: 56 percent
  • Donated clothes to a thrift store: 55 percent
  • Helped someone carry their groceries home: 55 percent
  • Returned a lost item that I found: 55 percent
  • Paid for a stranger’s meal: 53 percent
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