Go Ahead and Make Someone’s Day!

I was sipping my coffee at the Yellow Vase in Malaga Cove Plaza when I happened to overhear a conversation next to me. A woman told to her friend how she wanted to make a special dish and take it to a neighbor who was recovering from a lengthy illness. She was adamant about cooking this special dish that same day—otherwise it would get put off and may not happen.

Have you ever found yourself thinking of doing a kind act for someone and even going a little out of your way to offer a thoughtful gesture, yet you don’t? The thought was there—but that is as far as your good intention went.

Perhaps there may have been times in your life when you felt you missed the opportunity to show thoughtfulness to those people who deserved it. To avoid feeling any regret in the future, it can help to reflect on those past opportunities and become more conscious of how we can begin practicing thoughtfulness.

Simply doing something that is deeply meaningful to someone you care about can bring as much joy to you as it does to them. Here are some tips that will help in striving to be a little more thoughtful each day:

  • First, be kind and considerate to yourself. In what ways are you thoughtful toward yourself? Each day check in with your mind, body and soul; ask yourself what you need right now that would bring you contentment, joy and inner peace. Does your body need to take a break and move? Go for a walk. Could your mind use a little humor to help lighten up your mood? In what ways does your soul need nurturing today? Practicing self-care actions creates a happier and healthier you, and when you are healthy and happy, you have more energy to do thoughtful things for others.
  • Is it easy for you to consider others needs? Notice in which situations you seem to find yourself naturally expressing thoughtful actions with ease. Perhaps you are a whiz at inspiring and complimenting others through your encouraging words and supportive actions. Maybe you find it easy to recognize the positive gifts in others and offer a sincere compliment. Do you find you like to build connections through sharing tips about delicious restaurants or interesting books to read? Reflect on how these thoughtful gestures allows you to give to others as much as yourself.
  • What about those situations where you find it a challenge or difficult to do something thoughtful—what do you think is stopping you? What gets in the way? How would your life be better or different if you were to let go of what gets in the way or embrace the right action that would help you become more thoughtful? Perhaps you may not agree with someone’s way of doing things, but maybe if you put yourself in their shoes you would have more compassion and be able to offer a kind word. Letting go of any non-judgment doesn’t mean you are agreeing, but that you can offer compassion.

It is helpful to remember that the thoughtful gesture needs to be sincere—others can feel when our gesture is true, as it is often felt in the heart.

We all have experienced those people in our life who are kind, caring and considerate. Their thoughtfulness is felt because it is strong and intentional. When you make the effort to be thoughtful it is likely it will be met with a return act of thoughtfulness.

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