" I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel". -Maya Angelou
Recently, the world was faced with the loss of an amazing actor and person, Robin Williams. While I have never met him or known him personally, he was someone that I grew up with and was always eager to watch on TV.  From his performance in the film Flubber and the Dead Poets Society, to his roles of the Genie in Aladdin , to playing the voice of the always loveable penguin love guru Lovelace in Happy Feet, he has always been (and will always be) a huge part of my childhood and was always able to make my family and I laugh. I think that this simple contribution of bringing laughter into the homes of so many  is what made him so loveable and so memorable to so many people.

Recently, I’ve read a few pieces about the importance of making others feel better. Thanks to these articles and my own life experiences, I’ve learned that it’s important to be cautious of how we act towards others. Even the most imperceptible of smiles can brighten someone’s day and even the most unwillingly unkind words can harm and haunt someone forever. 

Apparently, even the simple act of feeling good around others has the power to positively influence their mood and brighten their day.  I think that it’s important to help brighten other people’s  day, in my own way. Why? Call it what you will, good karma, good juju, good mojo, etc. it’s the basic principle of do good, feel good. Whether it’s through volunteering, giving a sincere compliment to a stranger or spending quality time with your younger sibling,  doing something great for others helps to further enrich your own life.

Like most things in life, the first step to positively influencing someone else is to begin with yourself. Start the morning off the right way, so that you will be energized the whole day. Whether means eating a hearty breakfast, going for a jog or saying a few motivational words in the mirror, get it done and get ready to spread the positive vibes to everyone else around you – sort of like a superpower. Also keep in mind that you don’t have to do something grandiose in order to make others around you feel good. After all, even the little thing matter in fact,  they more often than not matter the most. Start off slow, there’s no need to go bake five layered cakes, sculpted  to look like each of your loved ones just to show that you care! Calling a friend or family member on the phone will do just fine or, better yet send a letter which will be much more exciting.

However, from all the pieces that I’ve read, it seems that the most common way to really engage people and to make them feel great is through communication. Once again, communication is key and crucial to not only spreading positive vibes but to making new friends!

How do you make someone’s day a bit brighter?

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