We can each make the world a kinder, brighter place with our everyday actions. Here are some ideas to inspire you to make a difference, even in the smallest ways.
Share something hopeful. Tell someone about a charitable cause that's doing good work. Post or share an upbeat news story.
Say "I believe in you." Encourage someone who's working toward a goal. Let them know that you see them succeeding.
Reach out to someone who seems to be struggling. Ask, "What can I do now to help and support you?" Let them know you care and you're there to listen.
Offer a helping hand. Maybe you know a family caregiver or elderly neighbor who could use help with tasks or errands.
Connect with a friend face-to-face. Online friends are fine, but it's not the same as giving real hugs or taking soup to someone who's sick.
Express regret. If you're truly sorry for something you said or did to someone, apologize. Take responsibility without excuses.
Do acts of kindness. Hold the door for someone. Buy a stranger a cup of coffee. Leave extra coins at the laundry. Donate used books to a shelter or nursing home.
Expect good things to happen. You'll feel more optimistic and hopeful—and that's sure to lift up those around you too.
Sources: American Psychological Association; HelpGuide