Fr Jim Cogley
'Doing good deeds is one of the most basic tenets of living a better life. It requires you to set aside your ego and your instinctive if selfish desire to focus solely on yourself. You could do that, however, you would quickly discover that a life filled only with hedonism or selfish focuses would be empty and feel purposeless. As such, seek to do good for others, and whenever possible, pursue the common good over your mere private good. Not only will you make the world around you a happier place but you will actually find that you are happier in your own life. People really are meant to be helpful and show altruism toward each other. This both creates a ripple effect of happiness and leaves those who do good feeling happier and more true to themselves'.