The other day I wore a top expressing “positive vibes”.As I walked by a group of people, a man thanked me for my “positive vibes”. I smiled and told him ‘you’re welcome’, and we joked about how easy it was for me to just walk by and exude and share some upbeat, joyful energy. I was half joking, but at the same time there was some truth to our conversation.
Being an optimistic person and openly expressing and sharing your light-heartedness with anyone around you can be rewarding for both you and for them.
Too often, on a daily basis, we are frustrated and exasperated with the general public. We complain that the car in front of us is driving too slow. We mutter to ourselves about the lack of manners from the person who did not hold the door open for us. We complain loudly about slower than usual service from our waiter or waitress. Some of us also regularly crack jokes at the expense of those around us in order to make ourselves feel better.
All of these things that we do, consciously or just because we are running on automatic pilot, deflect and take away from the opportunity each of us has, on a daily basis, to bring some peace to those around us. And for most of us, aiding in the happiness of another in turn brings us some much-needed serenity and balance.
I can’t tell you how often I will be in a bad mood or a self-critical headspace, and a conversation or interaction with a stranger will bring me out of it.
Here are some simple, every day and free ways to spread some kindness and “positive vibes” to those around you:
- Hold the door for someone or heck, hold the door for a line full of someones.
- Use your manners. Just like I tell my kids — when someone holds a door open for you, be absolutely sure to say “thank you”.
- Make small talk. You never know who needs a little attention and a little dialogue. Your words, even if they are few, could mean so much to someone.
- Smile. Yep, just freakin’ smile — at everyone.
- Be empathetic, sympathetic, and non-judgmental in your words.
- Be empathetic, sympathetic, and non-judgmental in your body language, and this includes your facial expressions. Be conscious of how you are presenting your emotions.
- Slow down. While driving, while walking, in your speech — just slow it all down. And if there is someone nearby, going a million miles a minute, move out of their way and let them pass. You never know — your calmer pace may help slow them down.
There are so many more ways to make a difference each day. You don’t have to donate a huge sum of money or a huge chunk of your time to be a difference maker. Of course, those things are wonderful and amazing if you can, but just by emitting your own positive vibes and spreading kindness like freakin’ confetti, you can make small scale changes that can benefit you and those around you. And the really cool and unique thing about kindness is once it starts spreading, it just keeps going and going and going.
“How beautiful a day can be when kindness touches it.” — George Ellison
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