How to Brighten the Lives of the People Around You

Date

January 30, 2024

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If you want to make a difference in the lives of those around you but aren’t quite sure where to start, there are a number of small things you can do that can go a long way, especially for people dealing with a tough breakup, a rough day at work, financial strains, or any combination of other daily life stressors. While you can’t solve everyone’s problems, you can do your part to make the world a brighter place, and you’ll likely enjoy a boost of joy yourself in the process.

Here are some things you can do to brighten the lives of the people around you.

Give compliments often.

Compliments go a long way in lifting people’s spirits. Whether it be to a friend or a stranger, offer praise on clothing choices, compliment their contagious smile or laugh, or admire the way their carefully selected mirror brightens their living space. Make sure to compliment non-appearance aspects as well, such as work performance or kindness towards others. Compliments can make someone’s day, week, or even month, and they cost you nothing to give.

Leave a big tip.

Let service workers know you appreciate their hard work with an extra big tip from time to time. This isn’t to say that you need to overtip every time, but an occasional 30% tip can really brighten someone’s spirits. Service workers such as waiters and bartenders work hard to provide a hospitable experience for you, so it’s always nice for them to know that their efforts are appreciated with a little something extra. This is especially true around the holidays.

Text a friend you haven’t seen in a while.

Nothing brightens up your day like hearing from a friend you haven’t seen or spoken to in a while. Reach out to an old contact about something that reminded you of them, a shared memory that popped into your head, or a book or TV show you think they might like. This is another action that’s free for you, but can have a big impact on someone’s life. Ideally, follow up the fun text with plans to get together in person soon.

Surprise a neighbor, coworker, or friend with a treat.

If you’re treating yourself to a cupcake, consider getting one for a neighbor, coworker, or friend as well. This will surely brighten their day and remind them of the power of thoughtful deeds. This thoughtfulness can be contagious, and might encourage them to surprise someone else in their life with a treat, spreading your goodwill beyond your singular action.

Support local businesses.

This one may catch you by surprise. Business is dominated by chains and corporations with an established supply chain that can offer unbeatable prices, making it tough to survive as a local business. Your patronage can lift the spirits of these local business owners while simultaneously strengthening your community, brightening more lives than one. Local businesses are the lifeblood of our communities, and your support reminds them and the rest of the community that we’re all in this together.

 

We all need a pickup from time to time. Keep these simple ideas in mind to brighten the lives of people around you every day, and check out our blog for more helpful tips on how we can work together to illuminate the world.

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