First things first: By not trying too hard. We’re doing this for us, there is no price, it’s not a race. And we can’t always be happy, experience extraordinary things and be overwhelmed by a wave of positive energy. I don’t believe anybody who pretends to be permanently happy, everybody has their dark moments, some darker than others and some people may be able to deal with these better than others (or are better in hiding them), but we certainly aren’t constantly happy. Continue reading “How to be happy”
Here my plan for weekly (or more frequent) acts of kindness I want to put into practice over the coming months. The goal is to make these into a habit. Because helping others apparently makes us happier too and creates a feeling of happiness that lasts longer than any quick fix like a treat or a purchase. Acts of kindness create a positive feedback loop. So what’s not to like about little acts of kindness?
… you haven’t heard from in a while.
As it gets disproportionally harder to get out of bed in the mornings now that we are losing a couple of minutes of daylight every day, think of those who may suffer from any kind of mild depression or who may be a little lonely – or whom we just haven’t heard from in a while. It’s certainly most difficult to second guess who may be in a dark place, just think of Robin Williams.
Who could say for certain which of our friends, acquaintances or former colleagues may be affected? Not necessarily in a way that they won’t be able to cope with but still I would much rather prefer to have checked and spent a few minutes for a phone call than feeling sorry.
I know we’re all somewhat in denial but undoubtedly winter is coming as storms send more and more leaves tumbling from trees. Aside from the excitement about Halloween and Christmas (which admittedly helps to see us through), it’s quite a long stretch until spring. Here ten tips to make sure we all come out the other end:
Today I’ve decided to make a stranger’s day a little better. On the commute back home from work, in a train full of downbeat and sad looking people I picked my victim (a particularly stressed looking woman). Continue reading “Make somebody else’s day – pay a compliment to a stranger”