“I pray for a more friendly, more caring, and more understanding human family on this planet. To all who dislike suffering, who cherish lasting happiness, this is my heartfelt appeal.” ~ Dalai Lama
We have a winner! Cheerful, come on up!
What do you choose – cheerful or depressing? OK, are you portraying that? With all of your commitments, all of your busy-ness, is cheerful the message that comes across? Or, sometimes does your demeanor show something less than cheerful?
I stopped at our local gas station a couple of days ago. After filling the car up with fuel, I went inside to pay the cashier. And the gentleman behind the counter was just genuinely cheerful. He radiated happiness. At a job that probably is mostly thankless. It wasn’t just take my money, give me a receipt, and move on to the next customer in line. It was engaging me in conversation, genuinely enjoying the opportunity to be of service to me, and giving me a little extra bounce in my step as I left. Will I go back here for gas in the future? You bet I will! Through a simple act of being cheerful, one employee left a lasting impact on me.
Think about the profound effect we could all have if we did this just a little more in our daily lives. If we were all just a little more cheerful. Cheerful is contagious! It was for me after I left the gas station. Just like depressing can be contagious. We have the choice of how we treat others. What we choose can and does affect other people around us. What do you choose – cheerful or depressing?
I challenge you today to find ways in your everyday life to be just a little more cheerful. To spread happiness a little more than you already do. It doesn’t have to be big and grand. Look for the little things you can do.
Make it a GREAT day today – for you and for those around you!