Spending more time making others feel special by being more thoughtful and considerate should become part of a daily routine. The theme is about ‘giving’ which has a powerful effect not only on others but upon your own well-being also. Here are some simple actionable ideas you can implement today which will help make someone’s day and make them feel great! The themes to all the tips below are about being genuine and authentic in your approach while opening up your heart to others as you set out to help someone.
1. Spend time each day thinking about how and what you can ‘give’ to others
Focus on being thoughtful and meaningful rather than having to spend money. Sending flowers to someone via courier bought online in a couple of clicks is a nice thought, but far more personal if the flowers are chosen by you and hand delivered. What have you got to offer your friends and family? Just taking the time out to think will help create some ideas you can start to implement and be creative!
2. Call someone you care about to let them know that you are thinking of them
This may be someone who may be facing a few issues in their life at the moment, or even someone who is experiencing some great times and successes. Even leaving a short message is effective and does the job. Simply thinking about that person is a waste if the thought isn’t clearly communicated!
3. Pay someone a compliment
Preferably face to face with solid eye contact, even if it’s a stranger that you’ve never met! Who doesn’t like receiving compliments? Tell someone they look great but don’t overdo it. Make sure you are being authentic and genuine.
4. Give positive feedback to someone with others around to hear
Saying to a friend, family member, colleague or employee something really positive about something they did is even better if others are around to hear. Reinforce a specific behaviour rather than saying “great job today”. Rather, say “I love the way that you managed to show your dedication through completing this take on time with such commitment”.
5. Say “thank you”
Say thank you more often is a form of being grateful. Don’t rely on momentous occasions and greeting cards to say your thanks. An unexpected “thank you” is far more powerful and always appreciated. Being appreciative about something someone has done for you is always well received. The words “I just wanted to say thanks” means a lot and helps us stop taking things for granted. Tell your parents you really appreciate the support they have given you, or tell the cleaner you just wanted them to know you are grateful for the work they do.
6. Smile more
When you greet people, smile more. It’s inviting and instantly creates a positive feeling for others to warm to you and feel more friendly and upbeat. People who are down and frown typically don’t make others feel good around them. Positive people who smile have this innate ability to bring others along for the ride.
7. Send someone an article of interest
This shows thought and consideration. If you read something that could be useful for someone else, why not share it and send it to them also with a nice personalised message attached.
Most importantly, make the above actions a regular habit and part of your routine rather than on an ad-hoc basis. Watch the Karma start to flow and relationships flourish.
Watch what happens when you start to implement these actions more regularly. Others feel great and you will feel great. There is no downside and there doesn’t need to be monetary spend to achieve the same outcome. The only cost is the time taken to think about others and take action accordingly. It’s amazing how such simple things can be done that are far more impactful than simply buying a Porsche for someone! But hey, I’m sure you wouldn’t turn down the offer, right?
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