Being kind is the easiest thing someone can do. Literally all you have to do is be nice. Like just don't be mean. Seriously. I don't understand why there are mean people in the world still? Can anyone tell me they like people who are mean? No one likes someone who is mean to others or especially mean to them. Mean people suck, and you know you've seen that bumper sticker before.
Human beings aren't meant to be rude to one another. All people need to do is smile and be polite. Those two things alone can make a person's day. It can change someone's mood from angry to happy. Kindness comes from a deeper sense of caring about others. When you care about someone, you are naturally kind to them. When you are kind to someone, both people benefit by feeling happiness.
The more kind you are, the more kind others will be. It is like the ripple effect. When someone is nice to you, you feel the need to be nice to the next person you come into contact with. Then that person will be kind to the next person they interact with and so on. Kindness does not require a skill, it requires having a genuinely good heart. If you have a good heart, you should have no problem acting with kindness. If you find that being kind is annoying or difficult, then maybe you need to dig a little deeper into who you are or who you want to be. Just be kind to eachother you guys.
Be open to change. Be open to differences. Be open to challenges. Be open to others. Be open to yourself. Being
open to pretty much anything will "open" your world to so many new experiences. Openness is an extremely attractive quality because it shows that you're not afraid of change and or something new. Stepping out of your comfort zone is when people grow the most.
The more uncomfortable you are, the more growth you'll have. When we all stay put in our little comfort zones, we don't grow in any way, shape, or form. I think that is one of the biggest issues with people today, everyone is stuck in their ways or their own comfort zone because it's familiar. They are afraid of taking risks. They are afraid of something they're not used to or maybe don't know about. That's no way to live life. Openness gives new perspective and new perspective opens your eyes to so much more you never knew existed.
Everyday people have the option of being open or staying closed off. Next time you are presentated with an opportunity to meet new people, do something you've never done, say something you've never said, or be willing to do something you've never heard; do it, try it, be open to it. Either way, you'll at least know if you like something or not, or if you like that person or not. And if you don't like it or them, then that's the worst possible outcome, and then you'll know. It's that easy. And that's being open.
Being creative in all aspects of life is the only way to get through life. Being creative isn't a skill you should have to acquire, it should just simply be your thoughts coming alive. Everyone has a unique and creative way of thinking. Everyone has their own sense of creativity in some way shape or form. Most of our creative thoughts are wasted because they're part of our dreams or imagination and we think they aren't realistic. When really we should be utilizing our minds to come up with the most brilliant ideas of the future.
The problem is most people just do whatever one else does, in the same way everyone else does it, because it's safer that way. Being just like everyone else is like the worst thing you can do, and playing it safe won't produce anything but the average and same old results. Those that take risks and try something new, or in a new way, will be the ones with best results because they tried something creative and different.
Your creativity should be used daily. Whether it is used when you are trying to come up with a witty instagram post, or when you are thinking of what to do for your next vacay or trip, or when you need some come up with a concept to write about, or even just when you think about your future, and your life. People need to use creativity to stimulate themselves to them motivate themselves. The more creative you get with the everyday little things, the more your mind will reward you with good ideas for your future.
Celebrate the little things is something I say and do a lot. I think it is so important to celebrate small victories in your life to empower yourself to feel good. Having that proud feeling is something you should feel early and often. When you celebrate the little moments in life, you inspire bigger moments to happen. The little moments matter more than the big moments really.
For example, it's not everyday that someone graduates, or gets a promotion, or has the game winning goal. However there are little moments that lead up to each of those moments such as, acing a test, nailing your presentation to colleagues, or assisting a teammate in practice in the last 5 minutes. That being said there are even smaller moments that should be celebrated before the "leading up to" or medium moments above happen, like studying really hard for that test, researching the target market and preparing your presentations from all aspects, and practicing that same feed, cut, and shot in drills days before.
Seriously, like really little things people need to be more proud of themselves for accomplishing. Making your bed right when you wake up, attempting to cook yourself a real meal, putting sunscreen on before laying out, doing the laundry and or dishes, forcing yourself to work out; whatever it may be, just take an extra second to think about it, that you actually did it, and smile. Like, don't think I'm not celebrating my half birthday today, yea I said it. H1/2BDCJ.
All of those moments are significant because they led you to the bigger moments that others remember. Your grandma might not remember how much you studied and then got an A on your big test, but you should. Your boss might not know how much effort when into your presentation and how it felt to deliver it, but you should. And the newspaper interviewing you after the big win mostly likely wouldn't know how much you've practiced what to do when you're in that situation in a game, but you should. Celebrate the little accomplishments in your life, for they will one day become the foundation of your greatest achievements.
Being grateful is truly one of the best things someone can do for themselves and others. When you show a sense of gratitude toward another person or to some place or even to something, it will not only make you feel good inside but it will also make the other person, place, or thing feel good. Being grateful is just showing appreciation. And when you appreciate something, you will feel happier. Gratefulness is thankfulness. When you thank someone, it makes both parties involved feel love. I believe that being appreciated is one of the best feelings one can have, because it made whatever you did, worth it.
Showing that you are grateful is easy, all you need to do is simply say "thank you" or "I appreciate you" or "I am grateful for you." Those simple phrases go such a long way in today's world. They can also be shown through actions such as a hug, a kiss, or a random act of kindness. Language is a form of expression, but actions can also speak louder than words.
The best part is that being grateful doesn't necessarily need to be for another person, it can be of yourself too. Appreciating yourself is extremely important for so many reasons. One can also be grateful of a situation or event, or even an animal or something in nature. All of these can be shown gratitude towards them differently, and just because they might not be able to say anything back, doesn't mean they can't show you their appreciation in another way.
This one might be one of the biggest statements for me because I truly believe that confidence is one of the most important things people need in life in order to be happy. Confidence is when you are yourself and you accept that. Confidence can vary but having that internal confidence that you love who you are because you are who you are, is what makes confidence so contagious.
Having confidence doesn't mean I have to be the best at everything I do, but it means I can own however good I am. I can be confident in the fact that I am mediocre at things. I am confident in the fact that I am below average at many things. Confidence is about owning who you are. I love confidence because it comes and goes depending on the situation we are in. I believe that confidence is key to success in life. The more confidence one has, the more opportunities they will be presented. The more opportunites given, the more likely one will have a choice to do what makes them happy.
Being confident is underrated and needs to be developed within young people to then carry into their adult lives. People also need to know that confidence isn't hard to attain; all you need is to know who you are and be satisfied with that. That might seem hard for some people because they might not "like themselves" but when with that mind set, it is important to dig deeper if you will. What I mean by digging deeper, I mean looking more into what life is truly about, which, in my book, isn't about what you look like or how much money you have, but about happiness. And happiness is whatever you believe it to be; that's why confidence is easier to gain than people make it to be.
Being honest gets confused with telling the truth. Telling the truth to others is important of course, but being honest with yourself is where people struggle. Being honest with yourself means being who you are. Being who you are is the most gratifing thing one can do. The best part about being who you are is that it's your choice. Having a choice with who want to be or what you want to become can feel almost surreal.
Those that aren't honest with themsleves and try to be someone they're not, are only hurting themselves with feeling the freedom of truly being yourself. Life only comes around once and people forget that if you don't live it now, then you probably never will. I mean that in a way that many people take life for granted and look back on how they lived a life full of regret because they were never truly happy with either what they were doing in life or who they were in life.
If you can honestly say you are being who you are then you will be happy. When you love what you do because you honestly love to do it, then you are being honest. When a person loves you and you are completely your true self with them, then you are being honest. With pure honesty, you will live a much more enriched life all around. Honesty is the key to feeling fulfilled.
Being positive is the best medicine anyone can give themselves. Literally when you're feeling sad about something, creating a positive feeling within yourself will change how you feel, immediately. When you're mad, being optimistic about it will completely change your mood. People too often go to the darkest possible place when something bad happens to them, when all they need to think is how it could have been worse or that there is a reason that this happened to them or that there might be a lesson in the situation or that you're still fortunate enough to be alive.
When you radiate positivity you not only make yourself feel better, but you actually make other people feel better too. Positive vibes are contagious and hard to ignore. Think about what makes people great or think about great people in your life, why are they "great" or what are those "great" qualities? The people that truly make a lasting impact on people is positivity. Greatness seeks greatness. Positive people feed off positive people.
The more positive you internally become, the happier you will be. The happier you are, the happier others around you will be. The happier others are, the happier more people are. The more people that are happy, the happier the world. The happier the world, well duh, the happier the world. The people that think positivity is annoying are struggling within, so don't let them bring you down along with them. The people that think positivity is impossible are just uneducated on the topic, so educate them on making the most of any situation and to use optimism constantly.
Being present means being all in in that moment. When you're present it means you're there distraction free. Too many people forget that all we have is the present moment. That there is no such thing as the future and that the past is now a memory. There is nothing but the now. Being in the now means you're not fearful of the future and not regretful of the past.
People are so concerned with the future that they make all these plans and feel anxiety if they aren't going according to "plan." People are also doubting the past and try to relive events or think about what if's. Their thoughts are consumed with the back and forth of "what if I had done this" or "what if I chose that" and they continue to beat themselves down with these thoughts.
The reason their is a past is so you can create it in the present. The point of the future is to create it in the present. The present is a gift (hence the names are interchangeable) that we are blessed with to create whatever we want. Thoughts are merely just thoughts and your life is based on decisions that are made in the moment. Being present is the best thing one can do, because the past and future will come regardless, so create both by using the right now moment, right now.
Being patient means trusting the process. Trusting the process means understanding that all good things take time. Understanding that means knowing that it’s not about the destination but about the journey in life. I realized this, once again, when I had a week “off” and did things I normally wouldn’t do for myself.
At the pace I go, I never make time for myself. At the 100mph rate I’m used to, I never make time to actually write. With the personality that I have, I forgot how important it is to take a breath and think for myself. With a week off, I was able to regain the idea of what life is supposed to be about.
Life is about moments and making the best of each and every opportunity that is presented. When you try to please everyone and do everything for others, you lose sight of who you are and what's truly important. People can be selfless but there hits a point when your selflessness can be detrimental to your personal well-being. If you're not taking care of your own needs, you will not be able to help others in the way you truly want to. Making time for yourself, to simply just sit and reflect, is just as important as getting sleep or eating a meal. Without "down time" or "me time" you'll quickly figure out there's "no time" and before you know it you'll just be "out of time."