In my last post, I talked about focusing on the positive and paying attention to the present moment. One way to stay positive is in your actions. Take time each day to build others up to look for ways to be kind to someone. Look for ways to do someone a favor. It is easy to be nice to someone we like; it’s harder to be nice to someone we don’t like or someone we don’t know. You know, that driver who cuts you off in traffic; the store clerk who rings up your order without a smile; the person who doesn’t hold the door open for you.
“Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.”
A few years ago, I noticed people encouraging random acts of kindness. Let’s start a kindness movement. You may benefit more than the receiver. Research shows that when we do something for another (most often a stranger), with no expectation of return, our bodies respond by releasing a stream of beneficial chemicals. It is called the helper’s high.
Think about that over the next few weeks. Better yet, try it!
Let me know how it goes by posting a comment below!