It’s early Monday morning, and I notice someone behind me in line at the coffee shop is scattered and in a rush.
We find ourselves in situations like this, every single day. What do you do? How do you act? Do you turn your head and move on?
Next time, try this: let that person cut in front of you. Buy that person a cup of joe. I’m a true believer that small acts of kindness like this can change the world.
Paying it forward is an idea that I have been fascinated by for quite some time. Choosing to put forth positive effort plays a vital role in creating happiness within and around us. While reflecting on tradition as the holidays roll around, I’ve decided to make a push towards implementing such actions, and create a new tradition throughout my lifestyle.
So where to start? It’s easy. Make a list. I jotted down a bunch of different ideas that I thought would make someone’s day. Whether it was simply surprising someone with something special, or making their day run more smoothly, I made a note of it.
– Pick a bouquet and give it to a stranger who looks like he/she could use a smile.
– Bake something sweet and leave it for your postal carrier.
– Give up your seat on the bus/train/subway.
– Put some extra change in someone’s parking meter that is about to expire. It could save him/her a hefty parking ticket.
– Be patient in traffic. Let someone out in front of you. We all know that feeling.
– See someone who looks as though he/she is lost? Offer some directions if you can.
– Return that solo shopping cart in the middle of the parking lot.
– Spend the day smiling. Smile at everyone you see.
– Open doors. Hold them open for a large group of people.
This is just the beginning — the list could go on forever. When you put expend good energy to the world, I promise it will come back to you. I went into the laundry room the other night after work and found my clothes folded on top of the dryer. My day was made.
I challenge you to join this tradition and jump on the kind train with me. Let’s change the world. Let’s spread light.
+What are some ideas that you have? Let me know in the comments so I can add them to my list!