February 16, 2011

Little Ways To Share Happiness With Those Around Me

SocialMoms and Hershey's have teamed up to find out what little ways people share happiness with those around them. I was inspired to write about this one because I enjoy making others happy. To me there are so many ways to share happiness on a daily basis. I am not talking about big things but the little things that make every ones day just a little bit nicer. 

Nothing makes me happier then receiving something in the mail besides the dreaded bill. I love just sending a card or little note to a friend or family member just to say hello or let them know I am thinking of them. Sometimes even just an email, text message or phone call can do the trick. I know it does for me.

When was the last time someone going out of a store held the door? Being a mom with a baby in a stroller, nothing makes me day like a kind person just stopping and taking a second to hold the door. I make a regular practice of it and sometimes it is just the little thing to make someone's day. I know this sounds simple and I am sure a lot of people take these things for granted, but I know I don't and by the smiles on the people I have held doors for, they don't either.

I always make sure that I donate all of our unused items to a charity. Things that have brought us joy and happiness could do the same for someone in need. It is also a very simple thing but why keep unused items? Especially right now, when there are so many people in need during these difficult economic times. 

Another thing I like to do once in a while is paying the toll for the car behind me. It happened to me a long time ago and it really had an impact on me. I was shocked that someone would do that for a stranger. It was a small gesture that somehow gave me a large amount of happiness. Those around us don't have to be friends and family, it could just as easily be a stranger too. 

There are a lot of little ways to share happiness with those around us. I have shared a few of the things I do or have done. Do you have any ways you also share happiness with those around you? I would love to hear them!

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Disclosure: I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Hershey's blogging program, for a gift card worth $25 and some product. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

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