Mickey Singh concert tickets have sold out before you can get yours. You failed midterms because of a new-found love for, and addiction to, “Master of None.” You forgot your favorite lipstick in your jeans pocket and now it’s been destroyed in the washing machines. Your credit card gets stolen—or worse, declined, at Neiman Marcus (eep!). Also Read - Watch Hummus Recipe: How to Make Tastiest Chickpea Chutney at Home in Just 1 Minute
Life doesn’t always go as planned and sometimes we have bad days. When these downfalls occur, it’s normal to fall into a period of questioning. Also Read - Lunar Eclipse 2020 on June 5: Can it Impact Your Health in Any Way?
“Should I have cut my hair short? Do I love him? Why do we park in a driveway and drive on the parkway? Is the square root of sixty-five truly eight? Why is the word ‘abbreviation’ so long?” are all potential questions that may dwell in the hidden crevices of our minds. Also Read - 'Muslims Have Shown The Way': Uddhav Thackeray After Muslims in Maharashtra Fund 10-Bed ICU Facility With Zakat Money
But take a step back, look in the mirror, and repeat the following statement to yourself: “How you make others feel about themselves says a lot about you.”
So let’s stop making everything about ourselves: how we feel, what we want to eat, what we have to do today. For once, don’t put yourself first. The result of seeing another person happy—as a result of your compromise and effort—will quench your soul in a way you never experienced before. In other words, every time you’re having a bad day, try doing something for someone else and see how you feel at the end of the day.
Here are seven simple acts of kindness that can help brighten someone else’s day.
1. Offer your seat to someone when there aren’t any left—not just to pregnant women and old people. Offering your seat to someone is a simple act that means a lot. To you, it might mean standing a bit longer, but to someone else it’s seen as compromising your comfort and luxury for the sake of someone else’s—which is one of the kindest things a person can do.
2. Sing and dance in your car at stoplights! When people glare at you, look straight at them, smile, and continue. It will catch them off guard, and they will smile (or proceed to take Snapchats of you dancing to share with their friends). Perhaps one of the most awkward things in the world is making eye contact with a person opposite of you at an intersection. This fun little tip will surely ease up the awkwardness and call for a little more light into your life.
3. Introduce people with common interests—this is basically the friendship edition of matchmaking. If you have two friends who are really into Bollywood, “set them up”—they may become good friends too, and it’ll be awesome to watch them bond. Looking back, they’ll thank you for introducing them to one another, and you’ll feel pretty great about yourself.
4. Bring a meal to someone in need. Whenever you feel like offering help, begin by coming to the aid of those who need it the most, whether it’s somoene in the hospital or a family in distress. If you find yourself feeling lazy and bored, try to pick up a dozen donuts or so and visit a random person at the hospital. If you find yourself will extra food leftover, pack it in Tupperware and lunch bags and hand them over to homeless people in your city. It won’t take long and will definitely make a BIG difference in someone’s life.
5. Pay it forward. Everybody seems to be giving you a hard time at work, and it’s finally lunch time. You dart out the door and make your way to the nearest coffee shop in desperate need of your caffeine fix. After you place your order, let the barista know that you’ll cover the next person, patiently wait a second, and resume your activities. If the next person thanks you, let them know that they can repay you by doing the same for another person. Bam! You’ve just set off a chain reaction of good deeds that will continue to ripple for God knows how long.
6. Write a motivational poem and leave it in an envelope on the sidewalk or in a vending machine for someone to find. Although this deed seems silly and childish at first, you have no idea how much power it has to turn someone’s day around. This deed will only take about five minutes to prepare at maximum, and it will also occupy you in deep thought and distract you. In fact, it doesn’t even have to be a poem—it can be a silly joke you found on the internet, your favorite story as a child, or a thought provoking quote.
7. Listen… even if you’ve heard the story before. I think one of the most beautiful things in the world is the way a person’s face lights up when they remember a good story. No matter how many times they’ve told or heard this story, it still ignites that radiant look on their face, if only for a couple of sentences. Sometimes, this look will show up more than twice and will connect to the same story more than twice: it doesn’t matter. Instead of pointing this out to a friend, just listen to what they have to say—not because you missed out on a detail, but because you’re a good friend.