Spread A Little Happiness

With Simple Acts Of Kindness

by Emma Zang-Schwartz

You know how you feel when someone takes a moment out of their day to do something nice for you; it can be as simple as a smile or a thank you. Don’t wait for someone else to make the first move. Take it upon yourself to spread a little happiness with simple acts of kindness. Not only will you brighten someone else’s day, you’ll feel good about it too.

Let Them In

We’re all in a hurry, but will a minute delay really make a difference at the end of the day?  It can if someone in line gives it to you. Be that someone. If the person behind you has just a few items in their basket at the market, let them go in front of you. When you are stopped in traffic and someone needs to change lanes, let them.

Make a Wish

Drop a penny for a child to find and all day long they’ll have good luck. Buy a lottery ticket and give it to a stranger. Or pick up a few items on a wish list from a local charity. The Child Crisis Center in Mesa is always in need of basic items like diapers, formula and new socks. Visit www.childcrisis.org for their latest list.

Be Positive

It’s easy to be quick to criticize.  But it can be just as easy to praise someone for a job well done. Let your server, or even better yet, their manager, know that they took good care of you at dinner. If you pass by someone with a great outfit, compliment them on it.  Recognize when something good happens and make it a point to let people know about it.

Be Polite

What ever happened to simple manners? Please and thank you are powerful words. They let others know that you don’t take their actions for granted and appreciate their efforts. Hold the door open for the person behind you and give up your seat in a crowded waiting room. Really listen when someone is talking to you and don’t interrupt; what you have to say isn’t more important than paying attention.

Express Yourself

Never assume that the people in your life know how you feel about them or that it’s not necessary to let them know. Don’t be stingy with a hug; there’s something in it for both of you. Say “I love you,” “I missed you” or “I’m glad you are here.” It’s okay to keep reminding them; no one ever gets tired of hearing that they matter to you.