It’s easy to think that generally people no longer care about others and aren’t willing to help a stranger. But IT’S NOT TRUE. There are plenty of example smaritains, we just don’t hear about it as much. I see a lot of examples on the webpage Good News by the Huffington Post.
- Giving Free Tires to Strangers
- Layaway Angles
- Chense Man saves Dangling child
- Quick Thinking Man Saves unknown kids with his Hummer
Have you seen the Liberty Mutual commercials where someone watches a stranger perform a good dead, then they perform a good dead for someone else? What would the world be like if we participated in these types of activities more? You know how special things happen with we are feeling good? While in that mood we are kind to other drivers, patient with our friends and loved ones, helpful to those in need, and receptive to the occurrence of additional uplifting events. It’s almost like our positive mindset makes good things happen to us (but really it’s our positive mindset that allows us to recognize and appreciate the good things). And then while in that happy mood we are more likely to pay it forward spreading cheer all around.
So why not do the world a favor by doing something nice for ourselves each day? Similar to the 29 Gifts idea, but doing a little something for ourselves to start the chain reaction (as long as it does not cause harm to others).
Unfortunately, negativity is more infectious than positivity. Even more reason to keep ourselves in a happy mood. If we are unhappy then we are even more likely to pass it on, or rather others are more likely to have their mood soured as a reaction to our negativity, so take care of yourself and contribute a positive impact to the world around you. You know what is even more infectious than negativity? Laughter, I love to tell little jokes or anecdotes to strangers, like the grocery cashier, to break up their day of hundreds of empty conversations with all the customers they serve.
Related Reading Material
- How to Lead by Example: Ten Rules for Living and Working
- 10 Personal Benefits to a Positive Attitude in the Workplace
- book How Full is Your Bucket?
- TED Talk Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work