“I enjoy life when things are happening. I don’t care if it’s good things or bad things. That means you’re alive.” -Joan Rivers
In today’s society, it’s no surprise that we tend to care more about ourselves than those around us. I’m not generalizing our population or criticizing anyone, but let’s get real here. When was the last time you gave back and helped someone else out? Do you recall the most recent time you offered a helping hand to a complete stranger? Some of the simplest acts in life go a longer way than one would think, so why not try to make someone’s day better than it already is? We are only here on earth for a limited amount of time, so to spend it being self-absorbed and self-centered would be a pretty big waste of time, if you ask me.
The next time you go out, hold the door open for the person behind you. There may be a few people who walk right by you without the slightest feeling of appreciation, but I can guarantee that at least one person will say “thank you.” Those two simple words will leave you knowing that you did a good deed, and you’ll have an instant feeling of gratification. If you want to go above and beyond the usual acts of kindness, volunteering is the next best option, but I’ll save that for a later day so you don’t have a kindness-overload. But one last thing. Smiles are contagious; but so are frowns. Smile at strangers, and if they don’t find you creepy or strange, they might smile back. Try your best to spread joy and kindness wherever you go, because you’d be surprised at how many people will continue to pass them along. I’d like to leave you with this one quote to think about, process, and act upon:
One of the world’s most notable and inspirational figures, Mother Teresa once stated, “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” We have the power of making an impact in this world and on those around us, so why not try to make one in a positive manner? Making a difference starts with one person, and guess what? You can be that one person.