Get Happy! 10 Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

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“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” –Oscar Wilde

Did you know March 20th, 2015 has been designated the International Day of Happiness by the U.N.?

The organization recognizes that “the pursuit of happiness is a fundamental human goal” and invites international and regional organizations and individuals to observe the day “through education and public awareness-raising activities”.

And what’s the best way to get happy than to engage in acts of service for others? In fact, last month, people from all over the world observed International Random Acts of Kindness Week. This celebration got me thinking: why can’t we engage in simple acts of kindness all year round? Here are ten ways to get started in making the world—and our local community—a better place:

Start close to home. Say “I love you,” give someone you care about an extra hug or share simple praise. Today, is a great day to call someone out for something good (whatever day it may be and whatever the compliment may be).

Smile. Even something that seems as simple as smiling at a stranger can actually significantly brighten a person’s day. A recent study found that seeing one child’s smile provided the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 chocolate bars.

Donate. Your local shelters, non-profits, and animal rescue organizations will appreciate your unwanted or unused clothes and household goods.

Give the gift of food. Make a plan to enjoy a meal with someone new who may appreciate the gesture. Consider inviting the neighborly widow over for a family dinner, or bring a meal to a new parent, or a friend who may be recovering from surgery.

Reach out. Send a positive message or handwritten note to someone who may be in need. Think: acquaintances recovering from an illness, loss, or depression.

Pay it forward. Begin an act of kindness chain at Starbucks, by purchasing the coffee for the next person in line.

Get acquainted. Try to learn the names of your coworkers or those who may work in your building. If you already know everyone, spend a few minutes each week getting to know one person better.

Help a neighbor. If you know of someone living nearby who might need extra help around the house (an elderly widow, a single mom, etc.), offer to lend a hand with household chores. Or, offer to shovel their walk when it snows or rake up leaves during autumn months.

Volunteer. Think of a local non-profit that could benefit from a few hours of your time. Consider coaching a youth sports team, helping out at a community garden, or preparing a meal at the local soup kitchen.

Keep it up. Most of the time, doing kind things for others and spreading joy means remaining aware of your surroundings and how you might help others. Did you know you can even join an Action for Happiness movement? Download your free “Happiness Pack”, and you can start making even more of a difference.

It has been a couple years since “the girls” and I read the book The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, and tackled some of the to-dos it offered. We started with a weekend getaway in Loman and may have been more ambitious than practical in promising that we’d cook more, drink less, get organized, exercise and most ambitiously stick with 12 months of happiness resolutions. That said, it was a good idea that helped me shape my definition of happiness, and reminded me to forgive my over ambitions. “Forgive failure” Rubin advised right near the start. Thank goodness for that good advice it came in handy when we “completed” the “12-month” project in several months. :)

Happy warm fuzzies to you, my dear clients and friends,

Shana Moore, Your Local Boise Real Estate Professional and source of real estate market trends in Boise Idaho

 

 

Shana Foster Moore

your Boise real estate resource

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