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Good Habits for Spreading Happiness

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Lifestyle Improvement

Posted On: Jun 20, 2015


If you’re looking for a sure-fire way to make yourself feel better, you can’t lose by choosing to help others. Making other people smile or helping them with their problems will always have the effect of making you feel better about your own problems. By helping others and spreading happiness, you are validating your own worth as someone who contributes to society and looks out for other people. There are many ways to spread happiness, some that require a bit of a commitment and some that take only a few minutes of your time.

Good Habit Volunteer

  1. Volunteer. Talk to local charitable organizations to see how you can help. Looking up your local chapter of the United Way can be a great start, but you can also find smaller local charities that could use your help. Depending upon how much free time you have, volunteering could be a one-day affair or a longer commitment. Talk to the charity to see how you can help and what kind of commitment they need.
  2. Host a party. Have friends over for a dinner party, a viewing party for your favorite television show, or just to hang out. Do as much as you can to make your guests feel comfortable and welcome. Sure, it’s fine to ask guests to bring a dessert or a bottle of wine, but the more work you put into giving your guests the star treatment, the better you will feel.
  3. Bring in treats for work. Everyone likes the person who brings in donuts or bagels for the group for breakfast. This will only cost you a few dollars and a few minutes of your time on your morning commute, but it will certainly be greeted with gratitude from your coworkers.
  4. Do something nice for your neighbors. Bake cookies, drop off a fruit basket, or help them out with their yard work. No matter where you live in the country, you probably have a neighbor who, for whatever reason, you just don’t speak with often. This is the perfect opportunity to start a new friendship.

Good Habit Writing Letter

  1. Write a letter. When is the last time you sat down and wrote a handwritten letter instead of an email? Dig out your pen and stationery and craft a letter for a friend or family member. (Older family members might especially appreciate this gesture.) You could even opt to send photos or a care package as a nice surprise to someone you miss but don’t see often enough.
  2. Be a courteous driver. It’s strange but understandable that this one might be the hardest on this list for a lot of people. But if you can teach yourself to drive and forgive other aggressive drivers who might cut you off or roll through stop signs, you’re truly on the road to enlightenment. When it’s safe to do so, flash your lights to let people merge, wave them through at 4-way stops, and just learn to take other drivers’ transgressions in stride.