Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself.
When we treat others as we would like to be treated ourselves, we find that these small acts mean a great deal. They will, in time, return full circle and benefit you not only in how you are viewed by others but in self-belief too which in turn improves confidence and well-being.
Here are 6 things you can do today to make someone’s day!
1. Say Thank You
Wherever you are or whomever you are speaking with or writing to, say Thank You.
Thank You for their time, Thank You for their service or Thank You for their knowledge.
Two words that make a huge amount of difference.
2. Looking at a person when speaking with them
Looking at someone directly when they are talking to you or vice versa, shows a person that you care about what they are saying, that you are interested and are listening to them.
All too often you see people having ‘conversations’ whilst scrolling social media on their phone. Please!
If a friend, colleague, your partner or your child asks to speak with you for a few minutes, make the time.
It may have taken a lot of courage for them to ask to speak with you so give them the opportunity and listen to what they have to say.
3. Give someone your time and attention
If a friend, colleague, your partner or your child asks to speak with you for a few minutes, give them your time. If you really can’t be interrupted there and then, tell them you will speak with them just as soon as you finish what you are doing and make sure you do.
Be sure to read the signs though, it may genuinely be something that has to be dealt with now.
It may have taken a lot of courage for them to ask to speak with you so give them the opportunity then if you possibly can and listen to what they have to say.
4. Don’t judge
We all have our differences but we are fundamentally the same; life has dealt us all a different set of cards and we should respect that.
5. Send a reply to a personal email or message when you receive it (or shortly after) to acknowledge it
If you do this it does two things
- it shows the sender that you have it and are dealing with it so they can get on with other things and
- it shows respect for the other person, they will know that you appreciate the contact.
6. If there are some small things that irritate you, they will probably irritate someone else, so don’t do them
Things such as
- cutting someone up at a roundabout to gain an extra few seconds,
- being on your phone whilst at a checkout,
- having your music/podcast too loud in your earphones on public transport,
- not saying excuse me and pushing past someone,
you get the idea.
Be the kind of person you would want to be
What one thing did you do today that showed someone you cared? Leave a comment in the box below, I would love to hear all about it.
Until next time, Have a great day!