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Little Things Everyone Can Do Every Day Easily To Spread Love

Little Things Everyone Can Do Every Day Easily To Spread Love

There is nothing quite like love. It makes us feel happy and appreciated, and most of us would like a little more love in our lives. But how can you make the world a more loving place?

It only takes one small act to share feelings of love and kindness. Check out 15 little things that you can do every day to help spread love and joy.

1. Mentor someone

Do you have a skill that you can share with others? Volunteering as a mentor for someone gives them the chance to improve their skills, which could help their career or benefit them in other ways. From business to baking, there are lots of things people would like to learn about.

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2. Send fun texts to your loved ones

Take a few minutes each day to send your friends a funny text or picture. It will put a smile on their face, and they may send it on to other people, spreading more love and laughter.

3. Do one little act of kindness every day

You could smile at a stranger, hold a door open for someone or help someone with heavy bags. It only takes a few seconds to do so, but the other person will appreciate your gesture – and it will probably put them in a much better mood!

4. Spread positive gossip

So many conversations are based around nasty, mean gossip. Try switching to a more positive angle and you will notice more love and happiness in your life – and you won’t upset anyone if they find out what you said!

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5. Try to be less judgemental

No one likes to be judged by others, and there is very little gain from being judgmental. You will hold less anger if you are non-judgmental and open-minded – and you will be nicer to be around.

6. Be kind to the people you dislike

If you want to make the world a more loving place, it is important to stop focusing on your anger and dislikes. Don’t hold grudges or feel resentment towards the people you dislike; instead wish them well while getting on with your own life.

7. Help a friend out

Do you have any friends who you could help? From babysitting to giving a friend a lift, there are lots of simple ways to show your friends that you care about them.

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8. Send your long-distance friends pictures of you all together

Share pictures with your friends who live far away of you together to remember happy memories. It will help you to appreciate each other even when you are not together.

9. Give to charity

Volunteering is a great way to share love with the world. If you don’t have time to volunteer, you can donate money, clothes, shoes, food or books to many charities to share your wealth with others.

10. Hug your loved ones

Sometimes it is easier to show love and affection without using words. If you have a friend or a family member who is feeling down or stressed, give them a big hug to show your support.

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11. Buy someone a coffee

Next time you are in your local coffee shop, consider buying someone else a coffee too to spread love and generosity. It is relatively inexpensive, and the other person will be touched by your kind gesture.

12. Compliment others

Everyone likes to feel good about themselves. Try to give someone a genuine compliment every day to spread love and happiness.

13. Use your social media page to help others to feel positive

Make your social media page a friendly place by posting cute pictures, funny videos and inspirational quotes. This will help to cheer up everyone else’s feed – and you don’t even need to leave your bed to do this one!

14. Thank your server when you buy something

Often people who work in customer service roles feel under-appreciated. Show servers that you notice their hard work by thanking them for their time, and they will always look forward to seeing you again.

15. Be polite

Manners may be less important in today’s world, but most people still appreciate being treated with respect. Simply saying “please” and “thank you” can make someone else feel appreciated and loved.

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Amy is a writer who blogs about relationships and lifestyle advice.

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Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

How often have you said something simple, only to have the person who you said this to misunderstand it or twist the meaning completely around? Nodding your head in affirmative? Then this means that you are being unclear in your communication.

Communication should be simple, right? It’s all about two people or more talking and explaining something to the other. The problem lies in the talking itself, somehow we end up being unclear, and our words, attitude or even the way of talking becomes a barrier in communication, most of the times unknowingly. We give you six common barriers to communication, and how to get past them; for you to actually say what you mean, and or the other person to understand it as well…

The 6 Walls You Need to Break Down to Make Communication Effective

Think about it this way, a simple phrase like “what do you mean” can be said in many different ways and each different way would end up “communicating” something else entirely. Scream it at the other person, and the perception would be anger. Whisper this is someone’s ear and others may take it as if you were plotting something. Say it in another language, and no one gets what you mean at all, if they don’t speak it… This is what we mean when we say that talking or saying something that’s clear in your head, many not mean that you have successfully communicated it across to your intended audience – thus what you say and how, where and why you said it – at times become barriers to communication.[1]

Perceptual Barrier

The moment you say something in a confrontational, sarcastic, angry or emotional tone, you have set up perceptual barriers to communication. The other person or people to whom you are trying to communicate your point get the message that you are disinterested in what you are saying and sort of turn a deaf ear. In effect, you are yelling your point across to person who might as well be deaf![2]

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The problem: When you have a tone that’s not particularly positive, a body language that denotes your own disinterest in the situation and let your own stereotypes and misgivings enter the conversation via the way you talk and gesture, the other person perceives what you saying an entirely different manner than say if you said the same while smiling and catching their gaze.

The solution: Start the conversation on a positive note, and don’t let what you think color your tone, gestures of body language. Maintain eye contact with your audience, and smile openly and wholeheartedly…

Attitudinal Barrier

Some people, if you would excuse the language, are simply badass and in general are unable to form relationships or even a common point of communication with others, due to their habit of thinking to highly or too lowly of them. They basically have an attitude problem – since they hold themselves in high esteem, they are unable to form genuine lines of communication with anyone. The same is true if they think too little of themselves as well.[3]

The problem: If anyone at work, or even in your family, tends to roam around with a superior air – anything they say is likely to be taken by you and the others with a pinch, or even a bag of salt. Simply because whenever they talk, the first thing to come out of it is their condescending attitude. And in case there’s someone with an inferiority complex, their incessant self-pity forms barriers to communication.

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The solution: Use simple words and an encouraging smile to communicate effectively – and stick to constructive criticism, and not criticism because you are a perfectionist. If you see someone doing a good job, let them know, and disregard the thought that you could have done it better. It’s their job so measure them by industry standards and not your own.

Language Barrier

This is perhaps the commonest and the most inadvertent of barriers to communication. Using big words, too much of technical jargon or even using just the wrong language at the incorrect or inopportune time can lead to a loss or misinterpretation of communication. It may have sounded right in your head and to your ears as well, but if sounded gobbledygook to the others, the purpose is lost.

The problem: Say you are trying to explain a process to the newbies and end up using every technical word and industry jargon that you knew – your communication has failed if the newbie understood zilch. You have to, without sounding patronizing, explain things to someone in the simplest language they understand instead of the most complex that you do.

The solution: Simplify things for the other person to understand you, and understand it well. Think about it this way: if you are trying to explain something scientific to a child, you tone it down to their thinking capacity, without “dumbing” anything down in the process.[4]

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Emotional Barrier

Sometimes, we hesitate in opening our mouths, for fear of putting our foot in it! Other times, our emotional state is so fragile that we keep it and our lips zipped tightly together lest we explode. This is the time that our emotions become barriers to communication.[5]

The problem: Say you had a fight at home and are on a slow boil, muttering, in your head, about the injustice of it all. At this time, you have to give someone a dressing down over their work performance. You are likely to transfer at least part of your angst to the conversation then, and talk about unfairness in general, leaving the other person stymied about what you actually meant!

The solution: Remove your emotions and feelings to a personal space, and talk to the other person as you normally would. Treat any phobias or fears that you have and nip them in the bud so that they don’t become a problem. And remember, no one is perfect.

Cultural Barrier

Sometimes, being in an ever-shrinking world means that inadvertently, rules can make cultures clash and cultural clashes can turn into barriers to communication. The idea is to make your point across without hurting anyone’s cultural or religious sentiments.

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The problem: There are so many ways culture clashes can happen during communication and with cultural clashes; it’s not always about ethnicity. A non-smoker may have problems with smokers taking breaks; an older boss may have issues with younger staff using the Internet too much.

The solution: Communicate only what is necessary to get the point across – and eave your personal sentiments or feelings out of it. Try to be accommodative of the other’s viewpoint, and in case you still need to work it out, do it one to one, to avoid making a spectacle of the other person’s beliefs.[6]

Gender Barrier

Finally, it’s about Men from Mars and Women from Venus. Sometimes, men don’t understand women and women don’t get men – and this gender gap throws barriers in communication. Women tend to take conflict to their graves, literally, while men can move on instantly. Women rely on intuition, men on logic – so inherently, gender becomes a big block in successful communication.[7]

The problem: A male boss may inadvertently rub his female subordinates the wrong way with anti-feminism innuendoes, or even have problems with women taking too many family leaves. Similarly, women sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, something a male audience can’t relate to.

The solution: Talk to people like people – don’t think or classify them into genders and then talk accordingly. Don’t make comments or innuendos that are gender biased – you don’t have to come across as an MCP or as a bra-burning feminist either. Keep gender out of it.

And remember, the key to successful communication is simply being open, making eye contact and smiling intermittently. The battle is usually half won when you say what you mean in simple, straightforward words and keep your emotions out of it.

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