I could not help but to reflect on the last four years in response to the momentum leading up to a historical day. Looking in the rearview mirror, I recognized a muscle people do not fully exercise:
Regardless of who you are and where you stand, a good gesture can influence the recipient to do the same for someone else.
Wouldn’t that make the world a better place?
In honor of January 20, 2021, I present to you 46 simple ways to be an infectiously good person.
- Surprise someone with a note.
- Say thank you.
- Be patient.
- Think before you talk.
- Share a favorite piece of music.
- Exude positivity.
- Be kind even when you have opposing views.
- Slow down and take your time.
- Think good thoughts.
- Respect your neighbor.
- Be honest.
- Know yourself so you can be yourself.
- Laugh together.
- Avoid detrimental temptation.
- Say you’re sorry.
- Demonstrate random acts of kindness.
- Give while expecting nothing in return.
- Thou shalt not (lie, cheat, or) steal.
- Ask for help.
- Remind someone that you love them.
- Teach the right way.
- Mentor those who need you.
- Give someone a book that changed your life.
- Place human rights before political views.
- Turn on the music and dance with someone.
- Have a cup of tea and a meaningful conversation.
- Live with purpose.
- Love life and love the journey.
- Make a habit that benefits someone important.
- Care more, consume less.
- Don't point fingers before you take a hard look at yourself.
- Practice empathy.
- Lead with passion.
- Compliment someone for their good deeds.
- Talk less, smile more.
- Give the kind of advice that you would give yourself.
- Spend more time with family.
- Recognize what's right in front of you.
- Show someone that you understand them.
- Know your boundaries. And theirs, too.
- Be safe.
- Do not repeat the same mistake more than once.
- Give someone a balloon.
- Show someone that you believe in them.
- Share the good news.
If you think someone would appreciate this list, please pass it on.
In peace, love, and happiness,