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Here’s an interesting exercise for you.
Head out to do your errands, drive to work, or get to school and make it a point to make someone else’s day today.
It could be something as simple as giving someone a big smile, having a meaningful conversation with a person who’s feeling a little lost or lonely, or it could be buying lunch for the homeless person on the corner. It doesn’t matter what you do, but do something today to make someone else’s day.
How does that make you feel?
It’s a pretty good feeling isn’t it?
A big key to our own happiness lies in making people around us happy, and helping out.
For years, we’ve been doing that with our own children and part of our validation as a person was making our children happy. Teaching them, correcting them, setting limits, sure. But making them happy was our sweet spot as a parent.
We are social creatures who have to work together to truly thrive. It is only logical then that helping those around us has an internal rewards system built in. In other words, our happiness goes up as we improve the lives of those around us.
A great strategy to increase our own happiness is to cheer up those around us. Not only will it help make you feel better and happier, you will also increase your own happiness. That big smile on your face when you know you’ve made someone else’s will carry you a long way.
It’s hard to give happiness to others when you’re feeling sad and depressed. But those are the times you need to force yourself to do it the most.
By simply forcing yourself to give happiness, you push your own mind out of negativity for that moment. Generate happiness to give to someone else and it rebounds back in pride and happiness.
As with many of the other strategies we’ve been discussing about increasing your happiness, the key to making this work is to make it a habit.
If it becomes well ingrained in your daily routine to make someone’s day as you go about living your life, you’ll automatically start to do it, even when (maybe especially when) you don’t feel like it.
Start by thinking about a few different little things you can do to make someone’s day. It doesn’t have to be anything big or complicated.
Focus on small acts of kindness that you can do every single day.
Bless your loved ones with this kindness, or complete strangers who look like they could use a little cheering up.
Help someone unload groceries, fix a meal for a neighbor who just had a new baby, or bring your spouse coffee in bed when he had a late night.
All these small random acts of kindness will start to make a huge difference not just in you, but also the world around you.