By Dr. Ken Larsen
I used to carry a card in my wallet that had two messages.
One was something attributed to Lincoln saying that people are as happy as they make up their minds to be.
The second was encouragement to do something nice for someone and don’t get caught.
Occasionally I encounter exceptional service in a store or office. I like to write letters to that person’s superior, telling of my very positive experience. One lady traced me down and told me that my letter had been part of the reason she got a major promotion.
I like to look for heartwarming smiles. First I like to smile back, and then I like to tell the other person how pleasant they look.
That was reversed on me recently. I was in the Dallas airport going through the security line. One lady directed me to another line. She was pleasant, not surly. I smiled at her. She looked at me and said, “with that smile darlin…” and she went on to make a lightly flirtatious comment. I have to admit that I smiled on the inside, too. J
I don’t like to focus on physical appearance or clothing because that can be seen as flattery, which I want to avoid. That’s why I like the word “heartwarming”. Something that sends a message of life and goodness is worth recognizing.
Of course the takeaway message here is that what you give in love and kindness you get back. So let’s give a bunch today.
By Nancy S Buck, PhD, RN
How often do you do kind things for others? There was a time when committing random acts of kindness was all the rage.
You might come to a toll booth and discover that the driver in front of you had already paid for you. It wouldn’t be too unusual to purchase a cup of coffee only to discover that a stranger had paid for your coffee too. Even today you may experience good fortune if someone with a carriage filled with groceries will let you go first to pay for your three articles.
Not long ago there was a television commercial showing one person observing another person who was being kind and thoughtful. This inspired similar action by the observer who then was observed in kindness by another. And so the chain reaction of spreading kindness was demonstrated. I don’t remember the advertised product. But I was buying the random acts of kindness that was also being sold.
Kindness can be contagious. And kindness feels good when you give or receive it. Somehow it feels like even more of a gift when the person extending this is a complete stranger! How awesome to discover that another person sharing the planet with you enjoys his or her ability to be generous!
If today is a day where you feel that our world is more and more disconnected, angry, alienated and cruel then today would be a great day for you to spread some random acts of kindness. Your Mental Health & Happiness will be enhanced if you do.
And if you are looking for some help and ideas, please visit www.randomactsofkindness.org. Just visiting this site is guaranteed to improve your Mental Health & Happiness.