Help someone. To make yourself happier, help someone.
Yep, it really is that simple. Make a conscious decision to help at least three people a day and watch your sense of well-being and happiness soar.
How? If you’re paying attention, you’ll see ways to help people all day, every day.
Hold a door.
Pick up a dropped object.
Buy coffee for the person behind you.
Those are pretty normal “help someone” ideas, and they work great, but have fun with this one – get creative!
Buy a boatload of socks and give them out to the homeless.
See someone having a bad day? Make it your mission to coax a smile from them.
Listen – really listen – when someone comes to you with a problem.
I was in a pharmacy recently, ordering and picking up three prescriptions. The woman behind the counter looked tired, and the woman she was serving was wearing the cutest pair of shoe boots I’ve ever seen. Pamela, the woman behind the counter, wasn’t in a position to see them so when it was my turn, I mentioned to her how cute the boots were. She quickly scanned the waiting area and her face lit up – she liked them as much as I did. While waiting for the pharmacist to get the third prescription ready, we chatted about shoes, fashion, and how good it feels to wear something cute. We looked at those cute boots again and both agreed we now had to step up our game. Pamela’s spirits were lifted – she seemed much more engaged with life and work as I left her window than she had been just moments before.
Leaving the pharmacy, I chose to walk near the woman sporting the fabulous footwear, and as I got close enough, I said (so everyone in the waiting area could hear) that she was winning at boots that day. It felt like her laughter started in her toes and enjoyed the journey up and out of her beaming face.
Yep – a two-fer. I lifted the spirits of two women in the space of just a few minutes. And then told this story a couple of days later, during a happiness workshop, and most of the people there ended up with big grins and goosebumps.
And by the way, so did I!
The ways you can “help someone” are limited only by your imagination and desire to feel good. Because here’s the secret – when you help someone, you serve yourself a heaping helping of endorphins, so you’re really helping yourself, too!
I’d love to hear how you’ve helped someone recently – please comment on my Facebook page, or you can contact me to share your wisdom. And if you’d like a happiness quick tip to show up in your “in” box to start each week off right, sign up and it’s yours! Just scroll to the bottom of the page – the form is in the footer. Have a happier day!