March 14, 2018
“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”
Robert A. Heinlein
The good news is that I am grateful that so many of you are friends. The bad news is that there are so many of you that I seldom, if ever see. Even though that is the case I regard you all and wish I had a way to be closer.
When I recently read the following article, I thought about us and how I hope the Daily sometimes brightens your day. Each of us has opportunities we should not miss to bring a little happiness into someone’s life.
10 Small Yet Big Ways to Brighten Someone’s World
By Margarita Tartakovsky, MS
Our actions matter. Even the smallest acts can have significant impact, because we have an incredible power that we often forget about: We have the power to brighten someone’s world, in big and small ways. A kind gesture can do everything from make someone smile to soothe their sorrow to restore their faith in humanity. This might sound dramatic, but it’s true.
As illustrator Emily Coxhead writes in Make Someone Happy: A Creative Journal for Brightening the World Around You, “You are one in over 7.4 billion humans on this planet and although you may not be able to change the whole world, you can make a few of those worlds a tiny bit brighter.”
Below are 10 ideas from Coxhead’s journal to try this week.
Write a letter to your best friend on their very worst day.
Write a letter to anyone starting with: “Dear ___________. Thank you so much for making the world a whole lot happier…”
List several ways you can make the world or somebody’s world a little happier.
Write a letter to your train conductor/pilot/taxi or bus driver, and leave it for them to find. You might start with: “Thank you for getting me home safely…”
Give someone your full, undivided attention—without being distracted by your phone or anything else. Reflect on what you learned.
Write a letter (or email) to a schoolteacher who helped or inspired you.
Thank someone today for simply being who they are, for something they did, for what they do, or for something they said.
Jot down five kind messages to any five people.
Send a postcard to a loved one the next time you think of them or are reminded of them. Use this template: “Hello ______. I just wanted to let you know I thought of you on ________. ____________ reminded me of you and it made me happy because ____________. Love from __________.”
Kindness doesn’t necessarily reside in sweeping, must-make-a-sacrifice gestures. Kindness resides in how we listen to someone, holding space for them to share whatever they need to share, without judging or fixing or even reassuring them. Kindness resides in sitting with someone’s pain instead of pretending it doesn’t exist. Kindness resides in letters that express love and support. Kindness resides in showing someone that they are appreciated and important; that they are seen.
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.”
Some guys in a pickup truck drove into a lumberyard. One of them walked into the office and said, “We need some four-by-twos.”
“You mean two-by-fours, don’t you?” asked the clerk. The fellow replied, “Um, I’ll have to check with the rest of the boys.” He went out to his truck and within a few minutes returned to the clerk stating, “Yep, I meant two-by-fours.”
“Alright,” replied the clerk. “How long do you need them?”
He stood there scratching his head while pondering this question and replied, “Well, um, a long time. We’re gonna build a house.”
Minds are like parachutes–they work best when open.
Thomas R. Dewar
Some newly married friends were visiting us when the topic of children came up. The bride said she wanted three children, while the young husband said two would be enough for him. They discussed this discrepancy for a few minutes until the husband thought he’d put an end to things by saying boldly, “After our second child, I’ll just have a vasectomy.”
Without a moment’s hesitation, the bride retorted, “Well, I hope you’ll love the third one as if it’s your own.”
Sally told her friend, “I was worried that my mechanic might try to rip me off, so I was relieved when he told me all I needed was blinker fluid.”
A faith healer asked Moshe how his family was getting along. “They ‘re all fine,” Moshe said, “except my uncle. He’s very sick.”
“Your uncle is not sick,” the faith healer said. “He THINKS he’s sick.”
Two weeks later, the faith healer ran into Moshe on the street. “How is your uncle getting along?” he asked.
Moshe shrugged, “He THINKS he’s dead.”
A very wise mute once said:
If school kids hiding under their desks in 1950 were protected from atomic bombs, is there any reason not to believe duct tape and plastic sheeting will not protect against nuclear, chemical, and biological terrorist attacks?
“To be kind to all, to like many and love a few, to be needed and wanted by those we love, is certainly the nearest we can come to happiness.”
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