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

become happier by making someone's day

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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How to Look and Sound More Confident

How to Look and Sound More Confident

We associate confident people with success. But does confidence lead to success, or does success lead to confidence?

It’s a bit of a chicken and egg scenario. But there is plenty of evidence to suggest that working on your confidence levels will indeed boost your achievements in the workplace.

The thing about confidence is that it works two ways.

On the one hand, exude confidence and your clients and colleagues will have confidence in you – self-belief is very reassuring to others!

In fact, for better or worse, the mere appearance of confidence can be more likely to get you a promotion than your actual ability! When you think of some of the dubious phonies who’ve leapfrogged you in the past, it kinda makes sense, right?

And on the other hand, confidence builds confidence within yourself. When you adopt the look and the sound of the self-assured, you begin to feel bolder on the inside. You take risks and put yourself forward for opportunities you might otherwise not have. You begin to work with clear, bold strokes rather than inching ahead in half-measures.

Great – so how to create that feeling? Well, in the long-term, you can use cognitive behavioral therapy techniques to deal with the underlying causes of your indecisiveness and lack of confidence. But in the short run, getting the aforementioned look and sound of self-belief is a fairly simple matter of adjusting the way you speak, listen, and move.

If you’re particularly shy, try starting with your hands.

Keep them out of your pockets.

Burying your hands in your pockets instantly gives the (possibly correct) impression that you are nervous or uncertain.

And even the (hopefully incorrect) impression that you are dishonest or lazy. Keeping your palms open and faced upwards is a way of opening up to those around you and exuding trust.

Likewise, a firm handshake of around two-five seconds communicates warmth and self-assuredness. A limp handshake, on the other hand, might create the impression that you feel out of your depth. And an over-strong handshake always feels like the giver is trying to prove something!

The next steps are to work on your eye contact and the way that you intone your sentences.

This can be a bit much to think about when you’re struggling with what you actually want to say. Which is why it’s best to start with the other stuff first.

But take it one stage at a time and you can gradually build a confident manner that will start to perpetuate itself by making you feel strong on the inside. For a full guide to the remaining tweaks, you can make to get that feeling, run through this new infographic from Poundplace.

 

Build your confidence back up, and success will surely follow.

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