So easy to forget this one: doing good makes you feel good. Being kind to a co-worker not only enables and elevates them – it lifts your mood. Adding outrageous value to a customer and making them feel like the VIP that they are not only makes them your goodwill ambassador (spreading word of your services like a virus) – it unlocks a wellspring of positive sensations inside of you. Going the extra mile for your partner or your friend not only leaves them better than you found them – it helps you feel connected to the ones you love (which promotes happiness and fulfillment).
Not only do good things happen to good people (life’s got this really fair accounting system; Nature must have an MBA in accounting), but people who do great things get to feel great feelings. This isn’t some “soft” idea (and if ideas like these are so “soft” why are they so very hard to do?; anyone can be cranky or unkind or mediocre. Being positive and kind and excellent takes a lot more discipline and power). No, this thought I’m sharing isn’t “soft” at all. It’s a practical, powerful insight that will lead you to real results – in your business life. In your personal life. And in your inner life.
Do good for people. Do good work. Think good thoughts. And be good to yourself. Good things will happen. Okay, I’ll stop using the word “good” now…it’s just that it feels so…good. Oops-did it again. Sorry. 🙂
4 WAYS TO DO GOOD TO FEEL GOOD
1 | Lend A Few Dollars, Change Someone’s Life
Lend money on a micro finance portal and help people from around the world achieve their dreams in as little as $5 or $10 loans.
2 | Express Your Gratitude
Gratitude will not only benefit others, it will also benefit you. Gratitude has been linked to higher well-being and lower depression. There are family members, colleagues or even just acquaintances that we see daily and appreciate, yet we forget to tell them. Thank people for what they do, not just as lip service, but sincerely. If you are too shy to do so, send a thank you email or letter, a small gift or even flowers. Such gestures can go a long way.
3 | Smile
Research shows that when you smile (whether it’s real or fake) you feel better, reduce your own stress, but also uplift others! How? Research shows that your smile activates the smile muscles in others. Ever had that awkward moments where you walk down the hall, smile at someone, and they don’t smile back? Sure, you might feel embarrassed, but don’t! Internally, you have made them smile and chances are, they may smile at the next person they meet down that hall.
4 | Uplift Others
Look around and make someone’s day. It doesn’t take much. Post an uplifting quote or story on Facebook, buy someone lunch, ask someone how they are and listen to them with full attention, or pay for the person behind you at a Starbucks drive-thru. Not only will you make their day and feel good yourself, research shows that anyone who witnesses your act of kindness will feel elevated and, by feeling so, be more likely to then help others. Warning: You may be creating a vicious circle of kindness and compassion!
TXTgirl :: Orange County
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