Spread Positive Energy and Reap the Benefits
The holidays are wonderful because people go out of their way to be kind to each other. They think about what would make someone else happy and then buy and wrap a gift or bake a batch of cookies or pick up the phone and say hello. Then, when January rolls around, most people go back to business as usual. That means head down, calculating project burn rates, reviewing milestones, scheduling meetings, and dealing with the latest challenges at work.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we held onto the practice of making other people feel good while we did the day-to-day work? If you did, you would not only feel better about yourself, but you will save time because by making others happy, they will be more willing to help you.
Giving to Others Benefits You
Here’s how making other people feel good brings good back to you.
- Giving attracts more back to you. When you give, you’re more likely to receive. You don’t need to hold the idea of receiving in mind when you decide to give, but nature may just take its course. Maybe a friend will unexpectedly return a favor. Maybe you’ll stumble upon some good fortune.
- Giving brings up good feelings for you. If you volunteer your time to help others, you’re sharing your blessings with those less fortunate, which is a wonderful gift to be giving! You’ll likely return home after volunteering with a smile on your face and a drive to achieve more. Just by completing a giving act, you receive positive feelings in your life.
- Giving increases your self-esteem. When you help others, you may be helping yourself to a heightened self-esteem. Positive feedback for your good deeds enables you to feel pride in your accomplishments, as well as build momentum for bigger and better things.
- Giving builds your confidence. After you’ve done something nice, you may also find that your confidence soars. The fact that your helpful acts have turned out so positive might lead you to the confidence you need in your own life.
- When you give, you become more positive about your own situation. Sometimes you’ll find that you’re your own worst critic. You might accept the faults of others, but you may be less likely to accept your own. Helping others can help you to accept your own situation and your own faults. It may help you to start seeing everything in a more positive light.
Practice Making Others Feel Good
There are as many ways to make others feel good are there are people in your day. In “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff at Work”, Dr. Richard Carlson says that even simple acts of kindness go a long way. Try doing an unasked favor, hand-writing a note of thanks, or verbally recognizing someone for a job well done. But you don’t have to use a one size fits all strategy to spread happiness and cheer. You just have to connect with a smile and positive mindset. Then listen and they will let you know what is important to them. When you start with a smile and a positive mindset, you will leave the same behind you.
If you want to develop your “giving muscles”, click to download this Personal Reflection Exercise.
Spreading Positive Energy
When the Holidays are Over
When you create a tradition of giving and continue that practice after the holidays are over, you will make others feel good and you will, too. Here are just a few ways you can continue your tradition of spreading positive energy.
- Make giving an automatic part of your budget and donate year-round. Take advantage of matching gift programs and double your donation.
- Clean out your closets and pass on the stuff you no longer need. One man’s (or woman’s) junk is another one’s treasure.
- Start giving projects in your community. Especially now, when COVID restrictions are still in place, just donating time to drop off a grocery order will go a long way to spread the positive energy around.
- Volunteer to help co-workers to complete tasks you are good at. You will do more of what you love and they will get the help they need.
- Start every conversation, even the ones on the phone with a smile on your face.
Your relationships will benefit as connections become stronger, your stress levels will drop, and you will feel better in all areas of your life, not just at work.
You Make A Difference
When all is said and done, the main reason why helping others benefits you is because you’re leaving your mark on the world. When you help others, you live on in their memories as a true difference in their lives.
For many, leaving their mark on the world is one of their most important desires. Doesn’t it make you feel fulfilled to know that you’ve made a positive difference in the world? And it all starts with some simple gestures of helping your fellow members of the human family.
Seek out opportunities every day to help others. You’ll be glad you did!