Smile. Smile at a stranger, smile at a friend or smile at a family member. It really is contagious and can change someone’s day. Such a simple gesture to send a message that we are all in this together and no matter what is on your mind, it will be okay. Smiling is a universal sign of acceptance, appreciation and friendship and we all could use more of that.
Call a Family Member. My Grandpa still makes regular commentary on the loss of connectedness in this hyper connected world. We like to giggle at him when he waves his arms about cell phones, texting and social media but he is ultimately so very right. I bet there are a number of family members that would love for you to give them a call today just to say hello. Can you spare a few moments to make their day?
Listen. Really listen to someone when they talk to you. All day long I have conversations with family, friends, co-workers –but how often am I really listening? Instead I am thinking about what I will say next, how I will exit the conversation, what I still need to do today, and on and on and on. Stop your mind for a moment and just listen. I’ll bet they notice your attention.
Make Eye Contact when you say Thank You. So simple, right? Pay attention through the day today and you will be surprised at the number of insincere expressions of “thank you” flying around. Make your gratitude meaningful with eye contact.
Send a greeting card. Who doesn’t like getting mail that isn’t bills? Stick a picture of the kids in there to pack a powerful punch. A simply thinking of you or thank you card can go a long way to brighten someone’s day.
Laugh. So many ways this improves the world, ourselves, our family, our workplace-this is pretty much gold. A good ole belly laugh is some of the best medicine and certainly changes the day for the better.
Play with your Children. Break out the imagination, get down on the floor, crawl around or read a book. Your Children are the key to this world and the best way to change it is through them. They need you. They love you. They cannot get enough of your quality time together.
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