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8 Easy Ways To Spread Happiness Around You

Happy Days

“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today.” ~Proverb

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to contribute to the world somehow. I’ve always dreamed of starting a charity organization. I bet that, just like me, you walk around with some sort of wish in your heart to change the world in some way, but you might not do anything about it. How come?

My excuses were time, money, fears, and not knowing how to go about it. I’m guessing you have similar hindrances.

Until recently I held on to the limiting belief that someday, one perfect day, when I’m done being busy with pursuing my masters degree, working my current part-time job in a call center, and raising two small kids under five, I’ll follow my heart and contribute to this world. Someday.

It’s a myth!

Through my job in a call center, I witness lots of tragedies that happen to people, and they’ve been wakeup calls for me.

I’ve understood something life-changing: all I really have is today. And I better make it count.

So I made a conscious decision, a choice, to throw all my fears away and start spreading happiness.

I thought, I might not be able to start a charity now, but I can take a tiny step and start as a volunteer in some existing organization. So I joined hospital clown project, where I do the small, practical stuff for them.

I also decided to spread happiness around my inner circle—my husband, my two kids, my family, friends, and colleagues, with small things.

I make their day brighter with pancakes, a hot cup of hot chocolate, or just by patiently listening.

I’m guessing you’re questioning this hippie approach. I am too, but give it a chance anyway!

I got inspiration from this story I read somewhere that I thought was powerful in its simplicity.

There was once a female traveler who always carried two bags with her, anywhere she went. In those bags she had flower seeds. Anytime she traveled or walked by a new place, she would throw these seeds around her. People wondered why she did it.

“It’s a lifetime habit of mine,” she explained. “I’ll probably never come here again, but by spreading the flower seeds I leave something beautiful behind that people who come here can enjoy. It doesn’t matter that they don’t know me personally. All that matters is that by doing this, I’ll make someone happy.” 

What if we had this philosophy in life?

My grandmother also inspires me. She’d lost both her parents when she was a child during the 40s in Russia, and she raised her siblings alone. She had plenty of reasons to just be bitter and sad. Yet, she was always happy and made others happy.

People loved to be around her. Just like the female traveler, she spread seeds of happiness around her.

Imagine if everyone would spread small seeds of happiness everywhere they went. Or maybe, everywhere is too broad. Let’s just start with around us, at work, at school, with our kids, family, friends, and strangers on a street. Let’s spread kindness and happiness around in our inner circle.

If you’re like me, quite busy with daily life, you might not know where to start. Consider following and see if there are anything you can apply in your everyday.

1. Be kind toward yourself.  

You know how on airplanes they advise that in case of a possible accident, parents should put on their oxygen masks before they help their kids? The same thing applies here.

Be kind toward yourself. Really. You can’t give what you don’t have, right? So go ahead and do the things you love—dance, sing, or paint all you want. Just enjoy. Then go and spread some happiness around you.

2. Smile.

This is the best method ever to make your own day and spread happiness around to others. Don’t wait to be happy; think of something good in your life, smile, and see what happens.

3. Surprise!

Surprise the people you love with flowers, small presents, kind words, help, a hug, or a genuine compliment.

4. Be a hero.

Notice and help someone around you, a perfect stranger.

I’ve just witnessed a hero in action. This homeless-looking guy came to a café and wanted to buy coffee. All guests and servers looked at him like he didn’t belong there. As he counted his coins, he quickly realized that he was short of money.

Before I could say anything, this young guy walked up and paid what the man was missing. He sat down and enjoyed his coffee. That’s an act of everyday Superman to me, no?

5. Say something good about someone or something.

Be genuine. This makes you feel good and it’s much better than gossiping, since you’re spreading positive words and thoughts with the people around you. Win!

6. Make an effort to have good thoughts.

The thing with our thoughts is that they become words and then actions, so it’s important we observe them and choose them wisely. Our thoughts are like flower seeds. They can either spread happiness or sadness. The choice is ours!

7. Listen with all your attention.

It sounds so easy, yet really few master it. Give your full attention to the person you’re talking with. It can change your whole view of the person and vice versa. That makes two happy people!

8. Learn a skill.

Then teach it for free. It could be anything from languages to cooking. Make it your one-person charity organization. Just don’t tell anyone. Have fun!

“Happiness is not a goal…it’s a by-product of a life well lived.”  Eleanor Roosevelt

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About Kristi Kivi Frimpong

Kristi Kivi Frimpong is an inspirational writer. She writes about presence, authentic life, purpose, and passion on her blog mindfuldiary.com. She believes that we should live life according to our own personal values, dreams, intuition, and passions and not follow the crowd. Be more. Do less. Enjoy.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/kiri.speirs1 Kiri Speirs

    This is a lovely post, so simple but true, which is kind of the point right – keep it simple. I’ve pinned it to share later on my facebook page http://www.facebook.com/TheAngelZoeKindnessProject

  • UpbeatBrain

    I love the action in your steps, Kristi. Things change when we do something, and I like the “somethings” that you suggest. By reading your post, you moved me to do something: Adding your blog to my Feedly!

  • http://twitter.com/ThinkIntuition Jacki Dilley

    Your decision to be good to the people around you was spot on. When we do that, they feel good and then spread happiness to others, and the world changes.

    I’m going to make a point of noticing good things and talking about them today. Your suggestions are so easy to do when we remember them, so thanks for reminding us!

  • http://www.facebook.com/scholley Austin Scholl

    I love this pragmatic approach!

  • http://mindfuldiary.com/ Kristi – mindfuldiary.com

    Thanks for sharing! Sometimes keeping things simple just works.

  • http://mindfuldiary.com/ Kristi – mindfuldiary.com

    You’re so welcome! :) When we get that, a chain of happy vibes can start with only one person, changing the world becomes doable. It just takes one kind thought/act at the time. Thanks for reading!

  • http://mindfuldiary.com/ Kristi – mindfuldiary.com

    Thanks!

  • http://mindfuldiary.com/ Kristi – mindfuldiary.com

    Your comment totally made me smile. Thanks. :)

  • Karen

    You are right Kristi, “When is the perfect time to start a project”? We only have NOW. Thanks for reminding us to take more action and less contemplating.

    Karen

  • Joy

    Hi Kristi, Really great action steps. Sometimes we need to give what we’d like to receive. I know the feeling of waiting for things to be a certain way or to feel a certain way before I start giving. I’ve recently changed my attitude. The little things really do matter. Spreading happiness and helping other is such a gift. Thank you so much for sharing.

  • Dolcevita

    Ah now this is a really lovely post and every bit is so possible to do. Youre so right as well :-D I’m off to spread some more happiness in my corner of the world! Have a great day! Love and light

  • Katherine Collmer

    Kristi, Thank you for your inspiring post. I don’t think it’s too “hippy-ish.” I think that it hits the key areas for happiness right on the mark. I am especially going to work on getting back to surprising others and being kind to myself! Oh, and positive thinking:) Thanks again for sharing!

  • http://mindfuldiary.com/ Kristi – mindfuldiary.com

    Glad you liked! Ah, being kind toward ourselves is they key. And thanks for your comment.

  • http://mindfuldiary.com/ Kristi – mindfuldiary.com

    Thanks. Yeah, I like to keep it simple. Enjoy. :D Have a great day too!

  • http://mindfuldiary.com/ Kristi – mindfuldiary.com

    You’re spot on Karen, NOW is all we got. Thanks for reading and commenting!

  • http://mindfuldiary.com/ Kristi – mindfuldiary.com

    Happy to share. Yeah, little things matter. Thanks for your great comment. Have a great weekend!

  • Jennifer O

    What a beautiful reminder, thank you! What I think I’d even better is that doing these things will brighten life for those who see or receive it, and will be such a good example for anyone watching. Just like all those in the coffee shop seeing what one man did, so can those around us be inspired hopefully. AND children seeing these actions can hopefully learn and grow to use kindness to others as well!

  • http://twitter.com/roopakdesai Roopak Desai

    Beautiful..

  • http://mindfuldiary.com/ Kristi – mindfuldiary.com

    Thanks.

  • http://mindfuldiary.com/ Kristi – mindfuldiary.com

    Yeah, for sure! Thanks for your comment.

  • crystal

    wow Kristi…..its so nice that you thought of doing something for others.there is an strange happiness in helping strangers….n im surely going to try these out..=)

  • Poe

    I know this is an old post, but I wanted to know if what I am doing is “Spreading happiness.” I go around my highschool and tell everyone, literally, EVERYONE I see or meet or run into, in the morning, during lunch, and after school, and in the halls randomly, that they are “amazing” or “fantastic” or “awesome” and I will be using different words everyday. Even if I am not feeling good, I go out and say it to anyone and everyone. It makes me feel so good, because it makes some people’s day. Is this good to do? Or are there other ways for me to make their day?