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.

2 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.

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