It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in life and become overly focused on something. It’s so important to remember that we are only here once and we need to savour every moment and live with a warm and happy heart.
1.) Look up from your screen. We are all guilty of probably spending a little too much time on our phones endlessly scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. What we might not be realising is how much precious time we are missing out on. When you have friends or family over, make sure you’re chatting with them. When you’re a passenger in a car or on a train, take a moment to look at your surroundings. When you have some time spare, try and fill that time with something lovely; our social media isn’t going anywhere and is a great tool for staying connected – just don’t fall into the trap of it becoming your main point of focus. Treasure the time you have.
2.) Telling someone to have a nice day. Even if they don’t say it to you, be the first to say it. I know before when I’ve been feeling a bit down, all it’s taken is for one person to wish me a nice day when I know they’ve truly meant it for me to feel that bit better.
3.) Charity work. Now, don’t worry – this doesn’t necessarily mean you have to start a huge project or create an event. There are so many ways you can make a difference to a charity that are super easy! For example, donating to national fundraising such as children in need – you can buy lots of little bits and bobs and proceeds will go towards the cause. You can make a shoebox – something that is particularly popular this time of year. Shoeboxes can be made for people that are homeless, people living in poverty – locally and globally – just to name a couple. It’s a small gesture that goes such a long way! Also, think about the fundraising you see on Facebook; people doing Dryathlons, the race for life or individual charity work – take a moment to donate something towards them. It’s a wonderful supportive gesture and I know it always warms my heart.
4.) Spend time with little minds. One of my favourite things about working with kids is the run up to Christmas! I had a little boy telling me about how Santa is going to use his special key and is coming soon. He also said he can’t wait to see me next. Little moments like that are the kind that truly warm you. Kids say such amazing and lovely things; I highly recommend if you have any little ‘uns in the family, that you spend lots of special time with them and discover how fantastic their little minds really are.
5.) Compliments. I feel that as a society, we do not dedicate enough time to really celebrating one another and building each other up. Giving somebody a compliment really serves as a great feeling. The second you see how they appreciate it and how they react to it, you will know it was worthwhile. Don’t feel constricted by just using physical compliments as well; whilst commenting on somebody physically is lovely, there are so many other traits which are equally as important that you could mention. Tell somebody that they are intelligent, kind, funny, unique, interesting, intriguing, the list could go on! We could all do with that little extra boost sometimes.
6.) Movies, books and music. Think of something that really resonates with you. Something that completely draws you in and grabs your full attention. Spend some time just in that moment appreciating it and noticing how it makes you feel. I know there are songs out there that give you goosebumps, put them in a playlist and submerse yourself.
7.) Helping someone out whilst expecting nothing in return. A little bit of politeness doesn’t ever go unnoticed. Helping somebody, whether it’s a loved one or a stranger, is something which I believe more of us should start to act on. If somebody is struggling with something, give them a hand – don’t just walk past and pretend you haven’t noticed. We need to engage with each other a lot more than we currently are. We are all on the same planet – we need to have each other’s backs. Plus, for onlookers, they will feel wonderful that they have experienced such a kind gesture.
8.) Identify the positives. If you go on Google and search for good things that have happened this year, there will be several lists which tell you all the highs of your year. The news often reports the negatives and it’s safe to say that this year there have been many. This has meant that our minds have been exposed to more bad than perhaps good. It’s important to acknowledge the wonderful things that happen all over the world – it’s a guaranteed instant feel-good!
I believe that we are living during a time where people find it difficult to find the good things in life. They find they can not recognise it as easily as they can the struggles, challenges or sorrows. But having a warm heart will influence your entire being. You will become more conscientious, more emotionally available and more appreciative of all that is surrounding you. Always try your best to live a life that is full of beauty and full of wonder.