Some days are good, some days are bad, but remember for every good day you’re having, someone else might have just stubbed their toe, spilled coffee on their shirt en route to an interview, or just woke up on the wrong side of the bed, or on the street, or…well let’s not go in a depressed direction thinking about someone waking up on the wrong side of the dumpster and move on to the simple gestures and nice things each of us can do daily.
Smile at people. Maybe it’s a stranger, maybe you’re passing by hundreds of people in rush, or it’s just someone that you’re sharing an elevator with. A genuine smile can make someone’s day. And it’s super easy, unless you have a cheek or mouth disease, then that could make it difficult, but fight through it and smile like you mean it. It goes a long way and each time you smile, it will make you feel good.
Tell someone they look nice today. Maybe they’re wearing an outfit that makes you question everyday fashion, but who cares? Compliments can truly make that persons day. Want to amp it up a bit? Walk past that person (in your office/at a restaurant/etc.) then take a few steps back and say, “Wow, I love that top; so pretty.”
Any phone based customer service is THE WORST. But you know what their job is? THE WORST. Kill them will kindness. Be concise, as helpful as you can, talk in a positive tone; make the conversation a little playful. The majority of the time the problem will be fixed with maybe a little something extra thrown in because out of the hundreds of hateful screaming trash that they deal with daily, you will be a straight up ray of sunshine.
Hold the door open for people. A man holding the door open for women is a timeless courtesy that should always happen. But whether you’re female or male, or if you know the person or not, just simply step back and hold the door open for whomever else is cramming in there with you.
Drink a big glass of ice water first thing when you wake up. I wouldn’t dare tell you to stop drinking coffee or whatever your morning fix is, but when you immediately drink a huge glass of ice water, chug style, it gets your metabolism going and makes you feel fresh. And when you feel fresh, you want to pass that freshness on to others.
Spend ten minutes with your pet. Taking them on a walk is great, but we don’t always have time for that in the morning. What I mean is ten minutes of loving on your pet that gives 24 hours of loving you back. Play with them, hug them, hold them, talk to them and just give them your full attention. You will leave with lovely thoughts of your pet BFF and start your day in a good mood.
Treat waiters with respect. You are not above them in any way (unless you eat sitting on top of a ladder) and if you are a jerk to them you are way below them. Smile, be polite, engage them, but understand they are busy. If you don’t feel like they are giving you proper attention, look around and you’ll probably see that you are one of eight tables they are catering to. Every time you eat out, treat your waiter like they are your kid, or loved one, or JUST A PERSON. Be polite. Be respectful. Be a good example to everyone around you. Oh and here’s a tip: TIP. It’s how they make a living, pay for school, get gas, and so on.
Don’t drive angry. If someone isn’t using their blinker or cuts you off or is just a jerk on the road, who cares? Don’t combat with them. Don’t let it make you mad. Just really, who cares? Smile and wave because that’s the last thing they would want you to do. But don’t let it be any sweat off your back. That’s their problem, not yours.
Don’t let negativity be contagious. It’s all around us, all the time. People love to complain, and let them, just don’t listen to them. One person’s meaningless complaint has nothing to do with you. Be positive. Let that positivity glow on you. Soon, your positive attitude will be contagious, and next thing you know you’re rubbing off on the people who drive you mad daily.
Oh and of course: Wine. Cat Videos.
SO Note: Follow Serial Optimist @Serial_Optimist.
*Image via Shutterstock