It feels good to do good. When you give of yourself, it benefits you as much as it does the person on the receiving end, often times even more so. You feel energized in your body and fulfilled in your soul.
Plus, you never know the ripple effect your actions will have. The smallest and simplest action you take can have far-reaching and lasting impact, beyond anything you could have foreseen or anticipated.
Here are five simple ways you can give of yourself to uplift others.
1. Give a compliment.
The goal isn't to simply flatter the person; make sure that your compliment is sincere. You also want to avoid anything that sounds vague and superficial. Be specific, and point out a trait or quality that you truly admire or respect as part of that person's unique identity.
2. Give encouragement.
A little bit of encouragement can build someone up and even change their outlook. The key is sincerity; don't resort to empty flattery just for the sake of saying something positive. Keep your encouragement truthful and realistic.
In addition, focus on the individual, rather than trying to minimize their situation. If someone is going through a difficult period, throwing out a casual comment like, "Don't worry, everything will be fine!" may come across as glib and dismissive. Compare that to something along the lines of, "That sounds like a tough situation, but I know you have what it takes to pull through it." The latter comes across as more heartfelt, genuine, and meaningful.
3. Show appreciation.
No-one likes to feel taken for granted. If someone does something that you appreciate, take the time to acknowledge it. A simple thank-you can go a long way in making someone feel special.
4. Provide time and a listening ear.
At times, it can feel like society and everyone in it are all moving at a frenetic pace. "I'm busy" is a constant refrain, and it can be disheartening. Don't underestimate the value of simply offering your time and providing a listening ear to someone who needs it.
5. Offer acceptance.
It's easy to feel disappointment or frustration when those closest to us don't live up to our expectations. But this can be incredibly damaging within relationships, leading to tension and distance.
Be open to the possibility that people can have differing perspectives, with neither party necessarily being right or wrong. Acceptance gives people permission to express themselves freely, allowing relationships to grow closer and deeper.
Tips for achieving optimal wellness, inside and out.