Through my own personal experience in improving my happiness and wellbeing over the last few months, I have learnt that even the smallest change can have an impact not only on yourself, but also those you surround yourself with. That’s why today I am sharing with you, 10 small things you can do to be a better person.
1. Compliment a stranger
It is always gratifying when somebody close to you lets you know how wonderful you are and says ‘you know, you have a gorgeous smile’ or ‘you look fantastic in that outfit’ but there it is something quite special when a total stranger takes time out of their busy schedule to offer up genuine praise and it really does feel fantastic. You never know, the stranger you reach out to and compliment may be having a dreadful day and with just one small act of kindness you really could transform their day.
2. Support your local community
Simply by donating your old clothes to a local charity shop, or supporting local people by buying fruit and veg from your local market or selecting presents from independent stores on your high-street, you’ll be supporting your local community. Ultimately, this could lead to you making a difference in your region. It is important to get to know and care about your local community.
3. Be polite to everybody
It doesn’t take a lot of effort to hold a door open for a passerby or to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to the lady who lovingly made your coffee this morning does it? However, it is these small acts of kindness that can really make a person’s day.
4. Always be honest and direct
This small change is relevant both in your personal and professional life. Think of it this way, how would you feel if you knew that your boyfriend, friend or perhaps a coworker was lying to you? In the past, I have certainly lost trust and respect for people as a result of the web of lies they have spun. It is important, if you want to become a better person, that you talk openly and honestly with people regardless of whether the conversation is positive or negative and convey your message effectively. People will more than likely respect you for your honesty, even in the most unfortunate situations.
5. Trust until you have reason not to
Not trusting your friends, family, coworkers or even government agencies can lead to you feeling suspicious and anxious and can ultimately lead to you loosing positive connections with your closest friends. Unless someone has done something to make you suspicious, always have faith and trust them.
6. Stop make excuses
Whether you are looking for a reason to skip work today, or really don’t want to hit the gym tonight, it is important not to make excuses and blame others for your lack of motivation. Rather than blaming your family or your coworkers from your problems, be honest with yourself and get to the root cause of the problem. Once you’ve identified the problem you will be able to become a better person by taking control, learning from your mistakes and improving your life.
7. Develop listening skills
Develop listening skills and listen contently to your friends, family and coworkers in their hour of need. In order to develop healthy relationships and become a better person, it is important that you take the time to listen and retain what people talk to you about.
8. Stay educated
I’m not talking about learning Math or developing your English skills (although these are also important skills), I am talking about knowing what is happening both around the world and locally. Read more, watch the news and/or listen to the radio to gain a better understanding of what is going on in the world around you.
Find a cause that is close to your heart and reach out to the charity, offering your help and support. True happiness often comes from giving and helping others and your support can help change the lives of others too.
10. Let go
Lastly, it is always important to practice forgiveness and ‘let go’ of the past. Plucking up the courage to forgive can help you untangle yourself from the negatives experiences of your past, reducing anger and negativity in your life.