“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama
- Smile. Sometimes a simple thing like this can put a warm feeling in someone else’s heart, and make their day better.
- Volunteer. Volunteering is one of the most amazing things you can do. I volunteer at a local museum and my Saturday mornings there are the highlight of my week!
- Donate something you no longer use. Or a whole box of somethings. Others can put your clutter to good use. I recently donated several boxes of my son’s toys to our neighborhood after school program.
- Stop to help. The next time you see someone pulled over with a flat tire, or somehow in need of help ask how you can assist.
- Teach. Take the time to teach someone a skill you know. This could be as simple as teaching your grandma to use email.
- Buy food for a homeless person. Buying a sandwich and chips or something like that is a good gesture. Be respectful and friendly.
- Lend your ear. Often someone who is depressed or angry needs someone who will listen. Venting and talking through issues is always helpful.
- Help someone get active. A person in your life who wants to get healthy might need a helping hand — offer to go walking or join the gym. A group of us at the office go on a 30 minute walk during our lunch. It’s a great time to get active and also talk about how the day is going.
- Send a nice email. A simple note telling someone how much you appreciate them is the ultimate in sprinkling good karma! Praising someone on a blog, in front of coworkers or in some other public way is a nice way to make them feel good about themselves. (it’s never fun to be thrown under the bus!)
- Donate food. Either clean out your cupboard or buy a couple bags of groceries– and donate them to a homeless shelter.
- Be there. When someone you know is in need just be there. Talk. Help if you can.