7 Proven Tactics to Help Spread Joy Around the World
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. ~Leo Buscaglia
Doesn’t it feel wonderful to be the catalyst that activates the pay it forward system? What is paying it forward? For those of you who don’t know — it is when you perform an act of kindheartedness with no need for reward, the receiver of that action then pays it forward to someone else.
This creates a cycle of goodwill that can, hopefully, snowball — spreading out into the world at large.
Do you feel like starting an avalanche of joy today?
How Can I Be of Service?
Here is a simple list of things that you can start to incorporate into your every day life, scattering those seeds of love and bliss. I guarantee that the pay-off will be huge — just watch how you start affecting people’s lives.
1. Smile at people
Especially the ones that look grumpy. They are the very ones who probably need your beam of sunlight more than anything!
Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love. ~Mother Teresa
2. Hug people
Most people are tactile and appreciate some physical contact. It could mean the world of difference to them if you hugged them instead of just standing there like a great lump!
Hugs are the universal medicine. ~Author Unknown
3. Genuine compliments
Don’t hold back on this one but don’t force it either. There are so many times whenwe think something nice about a person but never actually open our mouths to voice it. Just one little spoken observation could make someone’s day.
4. Practice kindness
Be gentle and giving in all you do. Don’t only reserve yourself for friends and family. Treat everyone you meet as If you were long lost buddies. Do this with animals too; they just thrive on unconditional love.
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… to leave the world a better place… to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
5. Be impeccable with your word
Think before you speak. Try to filter out your blurbs. Sometimes we say too much or let slip hurtful things that we can’t retract, so be mindful of your dialogue at all times. People will notice this and want the same quality.
Bring tokens of love and gratitude whenever you visit or bump into someone. I learnt this from Deepak Chopra. He said that this can be in the form of a silent prayer or blessing, a bunch of hand-picked flowers or a poem. It needn’t cost anything but the thought. People really do appreciate your consideration.
Always try to say a cheerful ‘hello’ to passers by, shop assistants or anyone who catches your eye. This is a simple yet effective practice that works because you are acknowledging their existence.
This article was written by Cherie Roe Dirksen. Cherie is a self-empowerment author, multi-media artist and meditation music composer from Cape Town, South Africa. She has weekly blogs on her site www.cherieroedirksen.com where she discusses practical and insightful perspectives on taking responsibility for your actions and ultimately living the life you came here to experience. She also devotes a weekly blog to creativity and the artistic process. You can follow her on Twitter (@cheriedirksen) and Facebook (The Art of Empower)