How to Make the World Better, a Simpleton's Guide
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- •Smile at the person who cuts you off in traffic and then shouts angrily. Usually, you are not the first negative interaction of their day, but you can be their last.
- •Pay for the meal of someone behind you in line.
- •Call/contact someone you haven't spoken to in awhile, remind them they matter to you and are cherished. You will understand the amazing value in this when the favor is returned.
- •Congratulate someone on an accomplishment you feel may have been overlooked or downplayed, people like to be celebrated.
- •Fight the urge to call someone a prick aloud, even if you really think they may deserve it.
- •Talk to the elderly. Be interested in what they have to say, their wisdom may not always be as readily available as it is in this moment.
- •Be unabashedly warm. Smile on the elevator to strangers, let others walk through the door first, order first, and speak first. You will find the more you do this, the more it is contagious, and finds its way back to you.
- •Give a compliment on someone's personality, work ethic, sense of humor, intelligence, sense of style, cooking skills, or writing. Avoid the common superficiality we typically celebrate.
- •Advocate for another in lieu of yourself. Once a day, take time to applaud or thank someone else for how their actions, assurance, or assistance got you to where you are - physically or metaphysically. No man is an island.
- •Remind those you hold dear of their value in their life. Be affectionate. There is no value in withholding this information. It does not grow in self-containment.
- •Stand up for the little guy.
- •Find the ordinary extraordinary. Take amazement and delight in the ludicrous wonderment that is 75 degree weather in December or rain on the 4th of July. If you're experiencing it - good or bad, you're living and that's amazing.
- •Forgive for the little things. Milk will be spilled, words without meaning can be said, and actions without thought do occur. Life is short.
- •Listen first. Listen next. Listen last. Truly take interest in your speaker.
- •Do this, consistently & daily, but do not pass judgement on another for falling short of the same. We will all have our days.