If someone cuts you in line or in traffic, swallow your irritation and let it pass. You can either get over this frustration in five seconds, or you can carry the useless anger with you for the rest of the day.
Say “thank you” for little things and huge things, and say it earnestly.
Do something for someone with no motive other than to make their life a little easier today – buy their coffee, let their car merge into your lane, compliment their coat.
Bring in donuts for your coworkers. And save it for a Monday or Tuesday, when everyone is tired and bummed out.
When the cashier or the barista or the retail employee greets you with a Hi, how are you?, answer them and ask how they are doing (and mean it) before you place your order or ask your question.
Send a handwritten card to a friend or family member, for no other reason than to let them know you were thinking about them.
Tip at least 20% every time.
In a world that’s so full of talking and shouting right now, try to be the person who listens.
You can make this happen by making a conscious effort to only listen to someone else, without planning on what you’re going to say next. Consume their words and try to live in their perspective for a moment. If what you have to say is that important, it will make its way into the conversation eventually.
Tell someone why you appreciate them or admire them.
Forgive someone you’ve been harboring anger towards, even if you just do it in your head.
Take a moment to look up and to really look at the people around you – on the bus, on the train, in your office, in traffic, wherever. Think about how many people exist around you with their own complicated and challenging lives, and use this to help yourself remember later than everyone is human.
Never be too proud to take advice from people who have your best interests at heart.
Always be on the lookout for the person who is having a bad day, and do or say something encouraging to them. Even if it’s small, it makes a difference.
Call your parents. Don’t do anything else while you’re talking to them (no newsfeed scrolling, no Netflix browsing). Just talk to them.
Remember that everybody is vulnerable, and everybody is hurting in some way.
Fill up someone’s nearly-expired parking meter. Or just fill up a bunch of meters before people even park.
Be present. With friends. With your partner. With yourself.