Updated: Jun 15, 2020
Have you ever had a random stranger compliment your hair?
If so, how did that make you feel?
Did it make you feel warm and fuzzy?
Did it make you smile?
Did it lighten your mood even just for that split moment?
Several years ago, I made a deposit at my bank on payday and the teller told me I smelled good. It was small, however, it made me feel wonderful. I returned the compliment with a "Thank You" and a huge smile.
That small gesture made my regular day just a little bit brighter.
When we turn on the television, we see the news full of negativity.
Every day via social-media we see tragedies happening in the world.
Why not add some positivity to it daily?
If we just took the time to compliment others, pay it forward or even just smile, we could add a small piece of positivity to the world and really make someone’s day better.
It doesn’t always take money to make someone feel special. We can hold the door for a stranger, run an errand for a busy friend, do a chore for a parent (yes, even as adults we can help our parents), leave a sticky note on a co-worker’s desk with a simple “Have a good day!” You can offer to mow the neighbor’s lawn, offer to babysit for a couple who needs a date night, give a stranger a simple smile and a wave in passing. You can even donate $.60 cans of cat food to an animal shelter! The options are endless.
If you're financially-stable and have extra money to spare, you can buy the person behind you in line at the muffin shop, a coffee. Leave a few dollars on a package of toilet paper at the store with a note explaining the toilet paper is on you.
Acts of kindness do not have to be public, meaning you don’t have be credited for the good you do.
Just know that you’ve brightened someone’s day and have spread a little bit of joy.
You've made an impact!
A few years back, before I started working on being more mindful and positive, I took my crabbiness out on the lady in the drive-thru of a fast food restaurant (don't worry, I was getting a salad). It wasn't anything disrespectful, I just wasn't using the greatest tone while ordering my food. When I got to the window, she looked at me, smiled with a soft voice and said "You are a very pretty young lady." I instantly felt horrible. I knew I hadn't been nice to her. I smiled and said "Thank you." I learned a valuable lesson that day, that no matter how your day is going, it's not productive to take your frustrations out on another person. Not only did I feel grateful, I also felt guilty for taking my grumpiness out on an innocent, sweet stranger. It was a much needed reminder to be more mindful of how I treat others.
Doing kind things for others not only helps make someone else's day a little better, but it also sets the mood for yourself.
When I help others, or do something nice, it gives me a warm feeling inside. It adds to my purpose and gives my life more value.
I may not have changed the world, but I've changed someone's day for the better, even if only for a minute.
Give it a try, you have nothing to lose!
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