Make some­one’s day

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Have you ever had a bad day just be­cause you crossed paths with some­one who was in a foul mood? Maybe it was some­one on the bus or an­other cus­tomer in a store—some­one who you nor­mally wouldn’t have even no­ticed—but that one grumpy or in­con­sid­er­ate per­son cast a pall on your whole day.

On the other hand, have you ever had a day that went great and re­al­ized later that it all started when you met some­one who was es­pe­cially nice to you? Maybe it was the way she smiled at you, or the way he picked up and handed you some­thing you had dropped, or held a door open for you—only a lit­tle ges­ture, but one that had a pos­i­tive im­pact on your day.

Ev­ery­one has in­flu­ence. Mo­ment by mo­ment your at­ti­tude and level of hap­pi­ness are re­flected in the lit­tle things you say and do, and those are bound to af­fect oth­ers. What kind of im­pact do you usu­ally have?

Think of the things peo­ple have done that made your day, and make a point of do­ing those same things for oth­ers. Not only will you brighten some­one else’s day, but you will also find that you are hap­pier and see life more pos­i­tively.

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