I know. Sounds too good to be true, right? If you’re like a great many of us, you’re surely thinking there are a great many things that need to change for life to get better, none of which are going to pull that off overnight, rather much TODAY. Not entirely true.
While you know I’d most always tell you eat your veggies, hit the track or take some time-out to distress, this one actually takes far less effort yet still pays back in spades. Would you believe it actually doesn’t cost a thing and actually takes only seconds?
I know. Now I really sound full of it, huh? I’m actually not. I’ve been doing this for years and it just keeps getting better as I strive to be more intentional about doing it more often. People have seen the huge differences in my life and I get so excited to see how it makes such a difference in theirs too.
Just promise you won’t go giving my secret away. (Okay, so maybe I’ll overlook it if you share this with everybody on your social feed. You know, ’cause I’m nice like that.)
You ready for it?
Now, you just have to implement this one immediately. Capeesh?
Alright, here’s what I want you to do…
Get out and encourage somebody!
Wait. That’s it? Yep.
I know this may seem like a small thing but the aftermath is huge. If you’re one who has more of a tendency to speak negatively, talk bad about people or just find it so hard to not share bad news with people, let me tell you with the utmost love – you are sucking the life out of all in earshot. I know that may seem harsh but I assure you it is so very true. Negativity is toxic. In fact, science is finding that a negative disposition actually makes one more prone to disease and compromises the immune system while a positive, joyful disposition helps to make us all the more resilient.
So tearing others down literally tears us down. It does nothing to your benefit or any one else’s. Zilch. Nada.
Ask yourself – When was the last time you walked away from a monologue of complaining or from hearing all about how Shanequa should not have worn that dress with those shoes and actually felt refreshed, like you just got a fresh breath or a burst of joy in your day?
Dulling someone else’s shine does not make you shine any brighter.
I firmly believe that it’s in lifting others up, encouraging them and striving to bring the best out of those around us, we bring the best out of ourselves.
I know you don’t want to be the kind of person that makes life really stink for others. Some people may have those inclinations but NOT YOU!
You never know where others are at or what they’re going through. You could have no clue that the person you’re talking to may be at the end of their rope and then you give them a smile and a compliment and all of a sudden, the lonely and the hurting don’t feel so lonely after all.
It takes no one special to tear others down but one who builds others up is a gem indeed.
So, there you have it. Make it a point to speak a word of life to somebody – ANYBODY – today, and watch how quickly your days get brighter too.