Sunday, July 1, 2018

How to Spread a Little Positivity in Your Community

If you look at the news on any given day, it's hard to have much faith in humanity. Everything and everyone seems so negative. People appear farther apart than ever. Before you give up on society, know that there are groups out there who are making a difference. You've probably seen feel-good events like flash mobs on videos passed around social media. Have you ever wondered how to become part of such an infectious movement? Here's how to start a positivist movement in your community.

Remember That Words Matter
Have you ever been down and had one kind word lift your entire mood? Saying "Thank you" when someone does something nice or "I understand" to someone who's having a bad day can really have a positive effect. It will also change the way they interact with you. If you see the person ahead of you in line berating the customer service rep, try to smile and say “Dealing with the public must be hard,” when it's your turn. Remember, they aren't responsible for your high bill or other issues. They're just the low-paid employee who's stuck out front taking fire for the company.


Smile, It's Contagious
Yes, it's annoying when people tell you to smile all the time. Don't wait for someone to say it. Make it a practice to find something that makes you feel like smiling. It will lift your own mood and influence the people around you. Scientific studies have shown that the simple act of smiling increases serotonin levels in the brain.

Compliments Cost Nothing
Have you ever looked at someone and admired something about them? Instead of thinking "I really love those earrings", say it. It may feel awkward at first. You may even feel like you're being phony. But, just the act of giving someone a small, sincere compliment can work wonders on their state of mind and yours.

Enhancing your positivity imprint can have a profound effect on your little corner of the world. You don't have to go big and donate piano NYC or start a non-profit. Even the smallest act of love or kindness can cause a ripple effect. It all begins with you.

18 travelers' comments:

Terri Steffes said...

I so agree. The smallest act will have a big impact. Kindness matters.

The Mommies Reviews said...

What a wonderful idea and one I wish we could do in our community.

Alli Smith said...

I firmly believe in sowing acts of kindness into other peoples lives. I try to live a positive life and to treat everyone like I want to be treated - with kindness and respect. This is a wonderful idea!

April Hammond said...

The world needs more positivity. Your suggestions are great and cost nothing to implement. I wish more people would do them because you never know what someone is secretly battling and your kind words help.

Bohemian Babushka said...

It takes one to start. Also, teaching our children to see the positive helps raise vibrations and makes them feel good too. Isn't that what we want for them?

Jeannette said...

I like this idea. This will definitely does not cost anything or complement. I would definitely be more cognizant about this and try to do that for more people even to strangers. It cannot hurt anything if you just smile or keep the door open for somebody for something small like that.

Gisele said...

These are all great things to remember. We all need to be kinder to each other.

Gluten Free Lady said...

Teaching kids to give back and contribute within their communities is a wonderful thing you are doing!

Melissa Chapman said...

It is nice to become part of a caring community with compliments and thank yous. I agree the news is so negative and sometimes depressing.

AiringMyLaundry said...

Yes, I just love this! I always keep this in mind and teach my kids these lessons as well. I tell them they should always be kind even if they are met with people being mean.

So Simple Ideas said...

Smiling is definitely one of the easiest and best ways to spread positivity. And a smile can be contagious. Love the tips!

Carol Cassara said...

I couldn't have said it better myself. We need a little more kindness from each other especially with what's happening around the world these days. It's heartbreaking to watch the news.

The Super Mom Life said...

I love the idea of spreading kindness and positivity in any way we can. We try to teach our children to do the same.

Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place said...

Totally agree on your inspiring tips for positivity. My new motto in life is "Be kind and always remember to be friendly". :)

Angela Ricardo Bethea said...

Totally agree with you on this especially about the smiling part. Even if it's just a small simple act, it does quite a lot.

Jennifer EngineerMommy said...

It's important to teach the kids to give back to the community. Spreading positivity is something we try to do with the kids on a daily basis.

Jona Shares said...

Indeed, saying words appreciation such as Thank you and smiling to someone you saw is a good way to spread good vibes. I hope many people would be positive enough to be a blessing to others too.

Peter Macintosh said...

I try to teach my kids that please and thank you will get you anything you need in this world. That it’s easier to smile than frown and at the end of it all, our own personal happiness will reach everyone around us

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