With all the darkness and negativity surrounding us lately, let’s pause and consider what we can do to make a positive difference in the lives of others.
Darkness and negativity are coming at us because of:
- Recent mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton.
- Political divisions in this country.
- Cyber-crime, which is at an all-time high.
- Cultural intolerance and disrespect.
- Devastation from natural disasters.
- Dishonest and incompetent leaders.
In the face of all this, how can we make ourselves and others happier?
Abraham Lincoln once said, “Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Well then, let’s make up our minds to be happy.
Proactively generate positive energy by practicing being happy and influencing those around you to be happy, too.
I came across an article that offers these scientifically proven ways to make yourself happier:
- Exercise more—working out only 7 minutes a day might be enough.
- Spend more time with friends and family—don’t have regrets about this on your deathbed.
- Help others—contribute 100 hours a year, which seems to be the magical number.
- Practice gratitude—increase both your happiness and life satisfaction when you do.
- Meditate—rewire your brain for happiness.
In the words of Mark Twain, “The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” Want to learn simple, creative ways to cheer up those around you? This article offers 25 suggestions.
What will you do to spread cheer today?