Happiness is contagious. Research has shown happiness does spread from person to person.
Here are some simple ways to to start spreading happiness to others.
- Redirect gifts. Instead of having people give you birthday or Hanukkah gift, ask them to donate gifts or money to your certain charity.
- Hide a surprising kind note. Leave a small note with a loving or encouraging sentence in someones pocket, or wallet or the book that he or she is reading right now. That will put a smile of joy on their face and motivation in their heart.
- Express your gratitude. Be grateful for someone in your life or simply say thank you to that person that held open the door for you.
- Offer some encouragement. Is someone you know going through difficult times or facing a tough situation? Send them a note or gift of encouragement.
- Remember the small acts of kindness. Perhaps let someone into your lane or maybe just give them a wave of thank you.
- Pay it forward. When someone does something kind for you – no matter how big or small – then try to pay that forward by being kind to someone else as soon as you can.
- Donate a gift. Consider donating a financial gift to a nonprofit organization that’s important to you or that special someone. Financial gifts make a real difference for others who need valuable services.
- Send a nice email. Just a quick note telling someone how much you appreciate them, or how proud you are of them, or just saying thank you for something they did.
- Give someone an uplifting gift. Send someone in your life an inspirational book or send an email of something funny.
The Joy of Giving Lasts Longer Than the Joy of Getting
Did you know, the happiness we feel after a particular event and/or activity diminishes each time we experience that event, a phenomenon known as ‘hedonic adaptation’. But giving to others seems to be the exception to this rule, according to research.
Happiness Spreads and is Contagious!
Repeated giving, even in identical ways to identical others, will continue to feel relatively fresh and relatively pleasurable the more that we do it.”