10 Simple Ways to Become Happier by Making Someone’s Day 65

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This is a guest post by Nicole Stansley – a writer and a digital marketing strategist for Write My Essay. She is passionate about self-development, mindful living and healthy lifestyle, sharing her passion and experience in her writing.

A month ago we decided to go on a road trip – our first in the 10 years that we’ve been together as a couple. We don’t own a car, and a road trip wouldn’t be one without a car!

I thought about asking my friend who had a small car to lend it to us; assuming it would probably give a better mileage, save us some gas money, etc. I talked with the other friend of mine if the above friend would be OK to lend the car to us, him being recently out of work and all. So this friend #2 was visibly disappointed that we never thought of asking him his car! Imagine our glee.

Well, it wasn’t just a better car; it was a bigger car, which meant we could get couple of other family members on board for the road trip!

That wasn’t the act of kindness I’ve wanted to share yet. Well, we went to pick up the car, lo and behold! My friend #2 had the tank full (up to the brim) for us! I mean, he obviously didn’t have to do that.

We were prepared to fill gas on the way and fill it up while we return it anyway. But he, doing this for us, at least saved us that one trip to the gas station. This is how we started our epic road trip – with an act of kindness that just warmed our hearts and kept the spirit going throughout the holidays.

There are so many other subtle ways even you could do something today, just to make someone else’s day – make them smile and warm their hearts. I’m sure my friend was pleased as a peach when he did this for us intentionally. Here are ways you can feel that pleasure, too:

Become Happier with These Random Acts of Kindness Today

1. Smile and greet people wherever you go.

You never know who you’d meet and we learn something new every day. Perhaps that person needed your smile and warm vibes to start or end their horrible day. Who knows?

2. Greeting cards.

The multiple emojis and saying something on the digital world of social media don’t cut it anymore. Go out of the way and write a personal greeting card for your loved one – whether it’s a birthday, a promotion or if they had a baby. Make it personal.

3. Simple ways to show appreciation.

There will be times when you can’t really leave a big tip; you could personalize the bill by writing down ‘you did great!’ on the bill or give a really good review for the waiter on the feedback form. Everyone loves to be complimented and appreciated.

4. Take a photo for someone.

When you see someone struggling to take a selfie, offer to take a good photo of them. I’m pretty sure they would want that great outfit to shine through in a photo that covers their whole body and not just the face.

5. Pay attention to the person in front of you.

It’s rude to constantly glance over your phone when someone is trying to make conversation with you. Take a break from your device and look the person in the eye when you converse. It would be the nicest thing you’d do for them, all day probably.

6. Accompany your friend on a grocery shopping trip.

It’s the little things that matter, remember? So a little bit of singing in the car, some pumpkin latte would make the grocery shopping an adventure!

7. Cook a meal for someone.

Even if it means only Choco chip cookies or some other gooey baked item. With awesome food, anything goes and you can get anyone beaming instantly!

8. Ask deeper questions.

Don’t just be ‘how are you, I’m good’ – get on to a routine and ask specific questions that make the conversation more intimate and the speaker feeling better immediately.

9. Listen actively.

Don’t just wait to respond or give advice, but actually take moments in the conversation and reply with questions that are related to what the person is sharing. This is being mindful and being present in the conversation. It’s also being really kind.

10. Accept compliments and give even more.

It’s gracious to accept compliments, without excuses, it makes the other person feel good about what they did. And give others honest compliments too! If you see something you like – let them know! It would definitely make any one’s day.

All these simple things can easily make another person happier, and it works in both ways. Even small act of kindness will bring you back twice as much positive emotions and happiness.

So what can you do today to become happier by making someone’s day?

See also:
50 Simple Ways to Make Others Feel Special
Be a Constant Complimenter
Why Living a Life of Gratitude Can Make You Happy

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 15

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.

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As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

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It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

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Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.