Posted: Mar 24, 2014 8:00 AM
 
I recently experienced the most subtle yet direct form of karma — I offered a lady behind me to go ahead of me in the grocery line as I continued to unload my cart. The very next day, I was back in the grocery store and a (totally different) woman offered me the same courtesy. It was such a small thing but I was shocked at the instant gratification I received from my good deed — and never expected the same courtesy to boomerang back to me with such immediacy. Now I'm bound and determined to be kinder more often. You can, too!

Smile

A smile is maybe the easiest way to make someone's day — even a total stranger's — not to mention your own. Even when I'm in a total tizzy about something small and insignificant, like running two minutes late to pick up the kids, I now try to slow myself down and remember that it's not that big of a deal. By plastering a grin on my face, even if it feels fake at first, and reminding myself that things really aren't so tough, I always end up feeling better. It's all about attitude. And having a positive one draws people to you.

If you're constantly finding yourself in a mode of impatience, consider getting up 30 minutes earlier or pacing yourself better throughout the day so you aren't constantly feeling rushed.

Have patience

The fast-paced speed of our society makes us less and less patient, in my opinion. But being impatient all day can really put a cramp in your good mood. Channel some good vibes by simply taking a few deep breaths and chilling out. When your child is struggling to tie his shoe right as you're supposed to be rushing out the door, resist the urge to simply do it for him and instead take a moment to help teach him the process — even if it's the hundredth time you've shown him. If you're constantly finding yourself in a mode of impatience, consider getting up 30 minutes earlier or pacing yourself better throughout the day so you aren't constantly feeling rushed.

Put others before yourself

Instead of having a me-me-me attitude, try thinking of others before yourself for just one day. If you're a mom, you already do this on the daily with your own family, but try it with friends, co-workers and neighbors, too. Offer to drive the carpool for a friend who is having an off day or bake cookies for your colleagues at the office.

Small deeds can do big things

Imagine what a friendly place the world would be if we all practiced simple kindness daily.

Even the smallest gestures of kindness — a smile, a "thank you" when someone holds the door open for you or sending a for-no-reason-at-all card or email to a friend in another state — can mean the world to someone else yet it takes hardly any effort on your part. Doing nice things for people makes me feel good. I hope it makes the recipients feel good. And if it encourages them to want to do a good deed for another, then so much the better. Imagine what a friendly place the world would be if we all practiced simple kindness daily.

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