We’ve all heard “treat others as we would have them treat us.” Well, the Golden Rule is golden for a reason. Have you noticed how much better you feel when you are around people who are just naturally kind, considerate, actually listen, and make eye contact with you? They seem to be happier, more relaxed, less bothered by life’s little irritations, and are more resilient when something bad happens.
Though there will always be grumpy grinches and evil people in the world, kindness and compassion are infectious—just like laughter and the flu—and are gifts that just keep giving. Never underestimate the power of a smile, opening the door for a person burdened with packages, or saying hello in passing in the hallway. These little gestures may be just the thing that a person needs in that moment to make the difference between a good and a bad day.
And…doing for others is good for your health! A recent study reported in the journal BMC Public Health found that helping others can reduce early mortality by up to 22 percent.
“The thoughtful little things we do each day have an accumulated effect on all our tomorrows.” ~ Alexandra Stoddard
Take Small Steps.
- For one week, suppress the urge to verbally complain to others. I think you’ll notice a change with some of the negative energy removed, and you may find you have less to complain about.
- Take the time to smile and say hello to colleagues, neighbors, and friends. See how much better you feel, and notice the positive impact it has on many people.
- In this day and age when civility is sometimes in short supply, see what magic can happen with a simple please and thank you.
- In your next interaction where you find yourself at odds with someone, stop for a moment to take a step back and try to see things from their perspective. You may find it is a simple matter of misunderstanding or misinterpreting their actions.