“Give yourself something to smile about, by giving someone else something to smile about.”
We all have our good days, and we all have our bad days. On the days when things feel absolutely horrible, it can be hard to remember the good days, it can be hard to pull ourselves out of a rut, it can be difficult to motivate ourselves.
But no matter what is causing you to have a bad day, no matter how bad you may feel, there seems to be a consistent way to fix it: namely, by doing something kind for someone else. It can be big, it can be small. These gestures of kindness towards someone (anyone), no matter if you know them or not, are an immediate pick me up. If humans are empathetic creatures (as I sincerely believe they are), then bringing joy to someone else can help us reach a kind of joy as well.
A smile can be utterly contagious. So the next time you feel you want to smile, but can’t, or you feel down, and want a quick pick-me-up, exercise a little empathy and kindness to bring a smile to someone else’s face…then watch the magic unfold on your own.
Happiness, smiles, and the joys of life, are best when shared with someone else.