Welcome to a new week! While I usually create a post about something visual on Mondays, I thought we’d jump into this week with a thought-driven post that could shine some happiness into the next seven days of our lives.
Occasionally, I hear people talk about blogging as though it’s a selfish endeavor — a place where it’s all me, me, me, all the time. The more I think about that perspective, the more I believe that it’s wrong. The bloggers I know and admire create their blogs to enrich other people’s lives, whether it’s by providing inspiration through fashion, food, words, crafts, travel, photos, or videos. We’re sharing our experiences of life and that’s what connects us. It’s a powerful thing.
That said, I think that as a culture we do tend to turn in to ourselves often. As Pema Chodron points out, “Generally speaking, the human species does make things a very big deal. Our problems are a big deal for us.” And while I think it’s important to focus on our own happiness, I think it’s also true that contributing to other people’s happiness boosts your own. I know that when I think my problems are earth shattering it always helps to extract myself from my small universe, even if only for a moment, and one way of doing that is by taking the time to help someone else.
Our local NPR station is running an experimental project called A Kind World, in which listeners tell stories about random acts of kindness they’ve encountered. This idea got me thinking about how we could remember to perform acts of kindness, not just once in a blue moon but on a regular basis. Every other Monday I’ll be bringing you a post dedicated to kindness boosting (and, in turn, happiness boosting) ideas.
Since this month’s theme is Let’s Get Local, I’d like to propose that we all think about one thing we can do in our own neighborhoods to boost someone’s happiness. It could be as simple as leaving tulips from your garden on your neighbor’s doorstep.
Want to join in? I’m thrilled! Leave a comment with an idea about how you might brighten someone’s day this week.