I'm definitely a proponent for looking at "the big picture," but if that's all you focus on, you'll completely overlook the little things; the little things are important. They are the bursts of light and casts of shadow that create the BIG picture. The beauty is in the details.
Following is a list of 5 little things we can all do to make the world a happier place.
This can brighten anyone's day, even your own.
A few days ago, I was in the baking isle of the supermarket, when I encountered an adorable, little elderly lady. She was dressed so fashionably neat, and had a gorgeous head of white hair. I greeted her with a smile. "Hello, how are you today?" I asked. "Good," she replied, "but I'm not a good driver of these things!" This was in reference to the shopping cart she was attempting to park along the edge of the isle.) "But I sure knew how to drive a car!" she proclaimed. "Never had any violations. I didn't stop driving until about 3 years ago, when I fractured my back." She patted herself on the back to indicate where she'd been injured. "Yep," she continued, "I started driving right after I graduated high school."
With this, she began to smile as she raised her hands and cupped them around her mouth, like she was about to tell me a shockingly huge secret. "I graduated in 1940 - I'm 93 years old!" she exclaimed, as she let out a girlish giggle. (She DID NOT look like a 93 year old.) "Well, you must be doing something right", I replied, "because you look fantastic! Really. You're beautiful!" She smiled, tossed her head back (as though she were a teenager) and continued down the isle.
As I finished up my shopping, I couldn't keep from smiling. I realized that the smile and greeting I had offered to this sweet lady, had come back to me, tenfold.
To me, a good hug is like a good handshake; you should feel it.
It really disturbs me, when you shake someone's hand and it feels like you're shaking a handful of cooked noodles. OR when you hug someone, and they barely tap you on the back as if you were crawling with cooties. Urgh...
When you give someone a hug, let them know you mean it! Don't be creepy and gropey; that's just weird. Try to let them know you mean it without giving them the heebie jeebies. (And don't shake hands like cooked noodles.)
This should be a habit for everyone. It only makes sense. Things should be returned to the place they belong, and shopping carts don't belong in the middle of a parking lot.
One day, after grocery shopping, I returned my cart to the cart corral (or whatever those things are called.) Because I was in a hurry, I inadvertently left my cell phone in the top of the cart. After I left the store, I realized that I didn't have my phone and assumed I had left it at the register.
By this time, a heavy rain had began to fall. I drove back to the store, ran in through the pouring rain, and made my way to the register I had used. I asked the cashier if she or anyone else had found a cell phone.
No such luck.
I was baffled. Where could I have left it? As I headed back toward the door, I decided to give it a last-ditch effort by looking in the rain-soaked shopping carts that someone had brought inside from the cart corral. I knew that even if I were to find my phone, it would be ruined by the downpour, but I needed to find it, nonetheless. I searched through all the carts to no avail.
Just as I was about to leave, a nice-looking young man dressed in soaking wet clothes, asked if I had lost something. "Yes. My phone," I sighed. He smiled and pulled my phone from his pocket. "I found it just before it started to rain," he said. "Good thing you returned your cart or I probably wouldn't have found it in time!"
This is simple. Nobody likes a rude driver so don't be one, okay? Thanks.
5. Be Thankful
The next time you're stressing out or running late, make yourself stop, take a deep breath and think about one thing you're thankful for. Concentrate on that one thing for 15 seconds. It'll calm you down and completely change your mood. As a result, you will be nicer to yourself and everyone else around you.
You'll also be a lot more likely to "Smile and say hello!"
By: Christie Pike