It’s not always easy to be nice … especially when someone butts in front of you in line for your morning coffee. Or steals the cab that you just flagged down.
Even though the world isn’t perfect, it is possible to make it a better place. All it takes is a little care and consideration. If you want to create positive change, try one of these six acts that will restore your faith in humanity.
1. Smile often
To restore your faith in humanity, the key is to think about what you can do. Start by putting a little more positiveness back into the world yourself, one smile at a time. Not only has it been proven that smiling puts you in a better mood, but it can also boost feelings of happiness in others.
Simply smiling at a stranger or colleague as the person passes by can bring strong feelings of joy. And hey: the other person just might smile back!
2. Give up your seat on public transportation
We’ve all been there: You’re sitting on the bus or train after a long day of work. Your back is aching, your briefcase is heavy, and all you want is to get home.
Then a mother with a stroller gets on and there are no seats left. Even though all you feel like doing is to sit back and relax … give up your seat. This is a good deed you can feel great about all the way home.
3. Write thank-you notes
With the ease of texting, email, and Facebook, it’s easy to forget about good manners. While it may seem passe, there’s something to be said about writing a thoughtful thank-you.
To really restore your faith in humanity, always say “thank you” to others; be appreciative and considerate. People will remember your kind nature and respond in turn.
4. Take time to volunteer
Instead of focusing on yourself all the time, why not turn your attention to others? One way to do this is to volunteer with a local organization, such as a soup kitchen or animal shelter. Giving your time will help you appreciate what you have — and what you can do to better your community.
5. Donate to charity
Do you really want to restore your faith in humanity? Then donate to charity! There are so many worthy organizations out there that support people (as well as animals) in need and benefit countless lives.
It’s often the case that charities can get more funding when people help out. So give whatever you can to a cause that matters to you.
6. Tell people you care
Our lives can get pretty busy … which makes it too easy to forget to say the things that matter most. Take a bit of time to tell people that you care about them. It will make you and your loved ones feel grateful.