January 26, 2009

10 Easy Things to Do to Uplift Others

I think it's the winter blues, but lately I've been dreading the cold weather and thinking of warmer memories. When I get to feeling down I try and pray, read inspirational books or articles, or think of ways to make others feel good. I get all warm and fuzzy inside when I think of making someone elses day better. At work, I keep good and positive thoughts in this little green notepad that a near and dear friend gave to me on my birthday. It's fitting that I keep these thoughts and ideas in there as the cover reads "If you could open a door to anywhere, where would you go?" Just that sentence alone makes me ponder good thoughts.

So, here's a list of 10 things you could do to brighten someones day which in turn will brighten yours :)

1. Make photo copies of an inspiring article, roll it up, and tie a ribbon around it and hand it out to your friends or co-workers. My favorite articles come out of Successful Living. It's a free publication, and it's so worth it!

2. Print off some funny quotes or cartoon strips and keep them in your car. If you ever notice someone who looks like they could use a good laugh or smile while getting out of your car in some parking lot, be sure to leave a page under their windshield wiper. Some of my favorite silly, naughty and non-sense comics are from Natalie Dee.

3. Smile! Just simply smile at someone else...the best gift you can give is yourself.

4. Buy pretty lollipops, find some matching scrapbook paper and adhere the pops to the paper and attach a nice quote or a compliment to it and hand them to your friends or co-workers. The Angel Company has wonderful, exclusive paper to suit any occassion.

5. Take a moment to send an e-mail thanking others for their help, friendship or kindness. Tell them you appreciate them. You may even like to send an e-greeting, such as those Hallmark has.

6. Compliment someone on their appearance. Everyone could use an ego boost.

7. Buy your friends or co-workers their favorite drink or candy bar. They'll love the gesture!

8. Make a couple cds of your favorite relaxing, mellow music and hand it to those of your close friends who may need some unwinding time. If you're feeling extra generous, you could buy a small travel size bottle of bodywash or lotion. (They're usually only a $1)

9. Ask how someone is doing, and just listen. When they are done, ask them more questions about their topic. Don't speak of yourself at all. They will be so grateful for someone listening to them whole-heartedly.

10. Bake goodies :) Who could resist wonderful, scrumptious yummies made from the heart. I have this really awesome sugar cookie recipe to share with you, just ask me in the comments.


Alana Gwinner said...

These are wonderful Jess! :) I'm definitely going to keep a couple of those quotes/cartoons in my desk that way when someone is having a bad day I can cheer them up! Keep up the awesome posts, I love your blog!

Hery rhey said...

$mile 4U... give me 2 plizz...

Alana Gwinner said...

I get these emails from PetPlace.com, and this one article they sent was a link to "Wonderful Animal Quotes". I thought that this kind of goes along with your #1 and 2, especially for animal lovers! Here's the link: http://www.petplace.com/dogs/wonderful-animal-quotes/page1.aspx?utm_source=dogcrazynews001et&utm_medium=email&utm_content=petplace_article&utm_campaign=dailynewsletter

I plan on bookmarking that site and reading it when I need it :)