Do you want to master the art of happiness? Instead of struggling to be cheerful, you could be an ambassador of positivity. All you have to do is consciously choose to be more kind and compassionate to others. Even though it may go against your first instincts, your happiness is inextricably linked to the happiness of others.
While many of us chase happiness, we often forget that we can spread it.
If you work to spread joy, you'll find yourself more confident and emotionally fulfilled.
How Does Sharing Make Us Happier?
Helping each other out and sharing good things helps the human race survive. When you decide to share happiness, you are deciding to be a kinder person. Being generous and caring towards others is a meaningful thing to do. It not only keeps the world going, but it also makes it a better place.
I'm going to share a verse I wrote a few years ago about kindness:
Kindness is not blindness; it is others who can't see.
Those who have fineness manage to spread glee!
Creating moments of delight for others can help you feel lighter. If you don’t believe me, you can try it for yourself.
When you try to lift someone else’s spirit, you can’t be left behind yourself.
Scientifically, it is quite clear that being ready to give others social support can help:
Prolong your life
Lead to better heath outcomes
Enhance your positive emotions
Protect you from sadness and distress
Additionally, it has also been shown that sharing positive experiences with others can enhance life satisfaction and happiness.
In this article, I’ll share three ways to start spreading positivity so that your happiness can grow:
1. Send A Gratitude Letter
Express your gratitude to a person who has helped you by writing a letter of thanks.
Whether or not we choose to admit it, we rely on the help of others to get by in this world. Why not thank someone for being there? The act of expressing gratitude to someone is rewarding and refreshing.
Sending someone a gratitude letter makes them happy and helps you feel more hopeful about life.
Writing a letter of gratitude makes you reflect on the hardships you have faced and the blessings that have made them easier to bear. It transforms your perspective on life and makes you happier.
If you’re still on the fence, I’d say you should consider that research states that gratefulness:
Intensifies and lengthens happiness
Protects you from adversity
Strengthens your relationship
The act of thanking your partner, parent, or friend never goes to waste. In fact, it enhances the positivity for everyone involved.
2. Reconnect With An Old Friend
Don't be afraid to try; reconnecting with old friends can be a delightful experience.
It feels terrific to know that someone is thinking about you. A small reminder that you matter to someone can make your day special, so why don’t you do the same for someone else? Surprise someone by reaching out to them and reminiscing about the good old days.
Just call someone whose company you've enjoyed in the past and catch up.
Why do you wait for others to reach out to you? Research backs up the idea that the more importance you give to friendships, the happier and healthier you will be. You have the power to make others and yourself joyful.
Make it your goal to reconnect with one old friend of yours this week. To start a conversation, all it takes is a simple reply to their social media story. You'll enjoy the experience, I promise.
3. Compliment Someone
A few genuine words can make a difference in someone else’s life.
Many of us go through our lives without feeling appreciated and acknowledged. However, when a special day comes up where someone spares us a sweet compliment, we can’t help but glow up. While you might not realise it, there are so many people you bump into who could use a sincere compliment.
One's mood is instantly lifted when they give a compliment and see a face light up.
You can send someone to cloud-nine with a few thoughtful words. Why not share the gift of a compliment with others? It will multiply your happiness and leave you emotionally fulfilled. And chances are that you might even make a new friend along the way.
The practice of complimenting others trains us to look for the positive in the people we encounter. In other words, it teaches us how to look for good things around us. When we search for reasons to appreciate others, we learn to see great things everywhere we go.
Sharing your time and words with others can be surprisingly rewarding. When you focus on the positive aspects of life and give thanks for them, the difficulties fade away. Realising that you've contributed to another person's happiness will light you up inside. For this reason, I encourage you to spread joy by sharing your own positivity with those around you.
If you want to boost your good vibes, you might want to check out our post about ‘Journalling is a Great Way to Find Positivity’
Priya R. Monver is a poet, writer, and lifelong learner. She is a business graduate who is fascinated by nature and mental health. Her love of writing and knack for branding help her grow as a professional content writer. Follow Priya on Twitter.