Radiate positivity … emit optimism… be kind. I LOVE this y’all! I’m a pretty positive person … seriously you can ask anyone that knows me. I generally have a smile on my face, always say hi to people (even those I don’t know), and try to see the good in all situations. I’m the kind of person who likes to hold the door for strangers, who allows traffic to move into my lane even when it’s crazy, and who has bought items for people in need because it breaks my heart. I like to make others smile; I guess I have quite a bit of empathy for others around me.
This month I’ve participated in the Opt for Optimism challenge which gives one thing to do each day to spread optimism and kindness. Some of the things I’ve done for it is bake treats for a friend, drop off at work a surprise of someone’s favorite dessert, left a kind note for my mailman (and a cold Gatorade on our hot heat advisory day!), and donated some items I don’t wear or use anymore! Radiating positivity doesn’t mean you have to spend money or give up a lot of your time. It simply means to be kind in this world we live in and the people we share it with.
Some other ideas for radiating positivity that don’t cost anything are to compliment a stranger, pray for someone, show encouragement to friends or family, and help your neighbor carry in groceries. Of course there’s also my favorite – smile! Smiling does wonders for your people around you, let alone yourself! Some ideas that may cost a little, but are so worth it are to pay for someone’s coffee / meal in the drive thru, buy a small gift for a friend who needs it, send a care package to soldiers along with a sweet letter expressing gratitude, or call and pay for a kid’s overdue lunch balance at your local school. Mimosa and Lipstick also has an awesome blog post, It’s the Little Things, sharing a list of other ideas of just how to radiate positivity and be kind.
I’m not saying you always have to be optimistic; life is hard. BUT a little positivity can go a long way. You honestly have no idea how you affect others around you, even if you don’t know them. AND you’d be amazed at how well you feel about yourself afterwards. Being a better person could never be a bad thing. If more people radiated positivity the world would be a better place… and I feel like we need more of it each and every day.
What are some ways you radiate positivity or what are things you would like to do? I’d love to hear them in the comments below!