They say that happiness is contagious. If so, what better purpose could you have than spreading joy? Regardless of what your religious beliefs are, whether you believe in karma, or you’re a devout Christian, most people share the same belief that what you get out of the world is what you put out into it.
In other words, the more happiness that you spread, the more happiness will come back to you. Not to mention, it’s incredibly fulfilling knowing that you can make a difference in someone else’s life! If you’re looking for ways to put positive energy into the world, then here are some for you to consider.
Volunteering is one of the most selfless ways to give back to your community and enrich other people’s lives. Research shows that people who volunteer regularly have greater satisfaction in life, and feel more connected to their community. From volunteering to cook in a soup kitchen, to visiting people who live in an assisted living community, there are all sorts of opportunities if you look for them.
Ideally, you should choose something that falls within your skill set, or experience. The more connected you feel to the cause behind what you’re doing, the more meaningful it will be for you and those you are volunteering for.
It may seem incredibly simple, yet it can make a huge difference in someone’s day. A simple smile can light up someone’s morning or afternoon, and remind them that the world can be a kind place. Whether it’s smiling at the cashier at the checkout, or passing a stranger in the street, a little smile can go a long way. Not only can you make others feel good, but when they smile back at you, it can warm your heart in a meaningful way.
You know the joy you feel when someone says they really love your hair or enjoy a delicious meal that you’ve created? Compliments are one of the greatest ways to spread joy in the world because they remind others that they are worthy of recognition.
Make it a habit of giving compliments throughout the day, and you’ll find the world will be a better place because of it. That doesn’t mean you have to go around complimenting things that you don’t actually like. It’s as simple as looking around and trying to find things that you genuinely like, and when you do, say something about it!
Do Favors Without Being Asked
If you know that a friend or family member could benefit from a little help, why not give it to them without them having to ask? Sometimes people are too proud to ask for help, and as such find themselves struggling. Do a favor for someone just because, and watch their face light up with joy.