How to Spread Happiness
MY MISSION STATEMENT IN TWO WORDS: SPREAD HAPPINESS
That might seem like an odd thing for a professional organizer to include in her mission statement, but it's a guiding force for how I live my life. How do I do this?
I give compliments to people I meet, including random strangers. For example, I might say, “You have great hair,” or “I love your red boots, “or “You look smashing in that hat!” I greet passersby with a cheery “Good morning.” When I smile, I find that people often smile back.
When calling a company for information, I start the conversation by asking, “How are you today?” I picked that one up from my daughter. I thank people for a job well done. If they’ve provided exceptional service and if I have the time, I’ll ask to speak to their supervisor to express my positive feedback.
I share home-baked goodies: brownies, peanut brittle, apple cake. People love home-baked goods!
When a telemarketer calls, instead of quickly hanging up, I’ll say something like, “I’m sorry, I’m not interested. But good luck in your job.”
I try to look on the bright side of things. I was just speaking to our 100 year old friend, Bea Samuelson, who lives in Burlington, Vermont. She had quite the cold but said, “It could be worse. You know I always try to have a positive attitude.”
I ask my network what they would like for a present, or pick up on cues for their secret wishes. I call or email elderly or ill friends, or people who are going through a rough time, to offer some cheer and see how they are. I offer visually impaired people assistance to cross the road, chatting with them as we cross.
We invite friends and family over to share a meal, creating lovely experiences and memories.
I used to volunteer at the NDG Food Depot but stopped when I got too busy. Nonetheless, volunteering is a wonderful way to spread happiness.
I send greeting cards and decorate envelopes with stickers. I love stickers! I take time to think about what I’m writing to the person who will be receiving the card, and write a meaningful message, whether it’s for a birthday, anniversary, accomplishment, new home, etc.
And in my work, I spread happiness by helping clients declutter, downsize, organize and more—an equally great feeling for them and for me! I’d love to hear how you spread happiness, in your own way.