Happiness is something that we all want in life, right? While your version of happiness is going to be different than my version of happiness, I think it’s fair to agree that we would much rather be happier than to be unhappy.
One factor that can contribute largely to your happiness is kindness. Not only does kindness help you to find happiness within your own life, but it also helps others to find happiness in their lives as well. That’s why it’s so important to spread happiness and kindness.
Think of it like this: kindness is the ULTIMATE gift you can give to someone else.
We often forget about it though. That, or when it comes time to practice what it means to be kind, we completely forget about how it can help us as individuals, and how it can help to positively impact the world.
It’s important to remember that you get what you give. Whatever energy you put out into the world is the same energy that you will attract. If you are kind, others will be kind to you. If you don’t treat others with kindness, then they probably won’t treat you with kindness either.
Aside from that, the kinder you are in general, the better your relationships will be not only with others but with yourself as well. When you focus your thoughts on being kind, it will eventually become a habit regardless of if you are surrounded by others or simply by yourself.
So what are some things that you can do to spread happiness and kindness in your everyday life?
11 simple ways to spread happiness and kindness
1. Say thank you
One of the easiest things that we can do to practice kindness is to simply say thank you. For any act of kindness, big or small, simply say thank you. It shows others that you are generally grateful for what they have done and will likely continue to do things for others. All as a result of you saying two words: thank you.
2. Express gratitude.
Every day you wake up in the morning, express gratitude by writing down some positive affirmations. It may seem cheesy to you, but when you focus on happiness and kindness immediately when you wake up, odds are that you will stay in this mindset over the course of the day.
3. Quit judgments.
Everybody gets judged, and do you remember how you feel when you get judged by others? Not very good, right? So quit doing it. Not just because you shouldn’t judge others for how they live their life, but also because the more you judge other people the more you tend to judge yourself.
Remember that everybody is different. Your way is not the only right way to live life. You have your own life to live and others have theirs, so let them live it.
4. Give others the benefit of the doubt.
People have bad days all the time. Maybe somebody treated you poorly and upset you. Be the better person and give them the benefit of the doubt. You never know what somebody else may be going through, so kill them with kindness and hope that tomorrow is a different day for them.
5. Help others in any way you can
Sometimes people are upset and angry because they are overwhelmed. If you notice this, offer to help them out in any way that you can. By being kind and helping to ease some of the stress that others are feeling can help them to find more happiness in their lives.
6. Reflect on how others treated you.
Remember when somebody did something nice to you? Odds are you probably felt good and it helped to bring happiness to your life.
Reflect on that feeling and use that feeling to help drive you towards doing the same for somebody else in return. The more you do for others, the more those others can keep giving to those around them as well.
7. Give somebody a nice note.
Like writing? Then write somebody a note.
Gratitude notes can help to drastically improve somebody else’s day. It doesn’t need to be anything over-the-top. Start by saying thank you for something that they did, let them know that you are thinking about them, and just let them know how grateful you are that they are in your life.
8. Just be there.
Another easy thing that you can do for others is to just be there for them and listen. Let them know that they aren’t alone and that if somebody needs to talk, you are there to just listen. This helps them to feel like they can share their thoughts without having to worry about being judged.
9. Give a gift.
I got home from work today and I had a package waiting for me. I opened it up and it was a gift from a friend congratulating me on my new job.
I immediately became happy when I opened the gift. While the gift itself was awesome, it was the thought of somebody giving me a gift that helped me to find happiness.
Gifts aren’t necessary, but if nothing else, they show others that you are thinking about them and care about them.
10. Donate items or your time.
Donate some of the clothes that you don’t wear, donate some of your time at a local homeless shelter, deliver meals to individuals who are disabled.
Whatever you can do, donate. If you don’t have anything that you want to donate, donate your time. Donating is a great way to pay it forward to those who need it the most.
11. Get the train going.
When someone does something kind for you, pay it forward and keep the train going.
A few weeks ago I did the drive-thru difference. I paid for the person behind me and waited around to see if they did the same for the person behind them. The train went on for five people.
Think about it, that’s five people who gave a gift to the person behind them. Nothing spreads happiness and kindness quite like giving.
If you are looking for some simple ways to spread happiness and kindness in your life and to the lives of others, then use some of these types to help you out. They have helped me to find happiness within my own life, and I am confident that they will help do the same for you as well.
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