Life in today’s society can pull people in a thousand different directions daily.  Meeting the demands of work, home, family, and personal life can make it easy to forget about others and the impact your kind and positive energy can have on their day.   Small gestures of kindness, love, and positivity can make a difference not only in one person but the entire world.

33 Ways to Radiate Positive Energy Every Day

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1. Wear a smile!

Studies show that a smile is contagious. When you smile, it impacts people around you. They feel happier just seeing your smile. You may never know what someone is going through, but your smile could improve their day. Try wearing your radiant positive smile today to make the world around you a kind place.

Studies also prove that smiling is not only a part of our universal language but an effective way to lift your mood and the mood of those around you.  And not only does smiling look good on you, but it’s also contagious!

2. Call, text, write or send an online message to someone you’ve been missing. 

Technology provides many ways to communicate with the people you love. If you’ve lost touch with someone, send them a quick text or email. Or you may prefer to contact them via social media. It doesn’t matter how you connect with people. Just step out and do it. Studies show that people who stay connected with a wide range of people live longer.  So, go for it and contact someone you’ve been missing today.

The chances are that when you contact them, they’ll have likely been thinking of you too!

3. Forgive!

Forgiveness can bring you a renewed, peaceful spirit. You’ll find yourself feeling more positive overall and less stressed.

Forgiving others can be tricky but crucial for your health and well-being. Studies have determined that forgiveness lowers your stress levels and improves your mental health. You may even experience health benefits like lower blood pressure!

Strategies such as prayer, meditation, or reading books about forgiveness may help you better forgive others. Forgiving someone may take time but hang in there. Over time, you can let go of unforgiveness and find healing.

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Read tips on how to ask someone for forgiveness.

4. Help someone in need.

There’s a good chance someone out there could use a free cup of coffee, a few extra bucks to get to work, or even a warm hug.  As the song goes, “We all need somebody to lean on”!

It’s easy to get caught up in the day’s busyness. Errands, dropping kids off at sports practice, and grocery runs eat away at your day. But amid your busy life, look around for someone in need of a kind gesture. It may be the homeless person you see standing on the corner near your grocery store asking for money or your elderly neighbor who needs help to put their trash cans at the curb.

So take a minute each day. You’re sure to be kind to one who needs a little help. Taking the time to help them will bless them and add positive energy to your day.

Who knows? Maybe the day will also arrive when you need a helping hand. It never hurts to build up that good karma.

5. Be kind and respectful on the road.

Imagine for a moment that you’re a zen traveler who’s missing a middle finger. 😉  Let a car merge in front of you and do it with a smile. Give the other person the right of way at a 4-way stop, even if it’s your turn. Even venture as far as sacrificing the coveted parking space you’ve been lapping the lot to find.

Exercising this patience will help diminish feelings of road rage.

Road rage is a common experience on the roads today. Who hasn’t seen an angry driver weave in and out of traffic or shake their angry fist at another driver? Plus, traffic jams cause frustration. They make people late to work or late to get home after a long day at work.

Choosing to drive respectfully on the road makes you feel more relaxed and makes the road safer for other drivers. Here are some simple ways to help you relax amid the chaos of a traffic jam.

  • Listen to calming classical music.
  • Listen to an audiobook on a topic you’re interested in
  • Tune in to a podcast
  • Listen to upbeat, positive music.
  • Recite something you’ve been trying to memorize, such as inspiring quotes, a favorite poem, or a presentation for work

6. Give a random gift at work. 

Good chance someone at work would be blessed to receive a small gift from you. Maybe it’s someone who just lost a parent or an overly tired young mom. Whoever it is, you may not realize the impact you can make on someone by randomly giving them a gift card for coffee or a flower for their desk. It’s the little things that count in life.

Giving a small gift could make a huge difference in someone’s day. So buy a colleague’s extra cup of coffee or leave a special trinket on their desk. You’ll make them happier, increase their morale, and maybe even raise their self-esteem.

7. Show encouragement.

Tell someone that you believe in them, regardless of anyone else’s opinion.  They might need that more than you realize.

Encouraging words have power. Studies show that encouragement increases a person’s good feelings about themselves, gives them a more positive focus, and shows them respect. Who doesn’t need some encouragement once in a while? Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”

Give some life-giving words today. It’s sure to not only affect them but increase your own positive energy.

8. Post-it Positively!

Leave a little sticky note next to someone’s door, alarm clock, or anywhere you’ll know they will be in the morning that says, “today is going to be a great day!” or “You’re going to rock today!”.  One tiny blast of positive energy could change their day, week, month, year, or whole life!

Writing a little inspiration quote, a special poem, or a silly little message on a post-it note sounds simple enough. It’s something that takes just a few minutes of your day. But this simple action could inspire someone or give them a good laugh. Now that’s a positive way to change the world around you.

9. Tip it!

Next time you’re out at a restaurant, or coffee shop, leave a sizable tip.  If your bill is only $10, make the total $20.  You don’t have to do this all the time, as it could get pricey – but the waiter/waitress who makes about $2/hour is surely going to remember the single occurrence for a long time to come.

Remember that people who work in service industries are often overworked and underpaid. They work long, hard hours serving people who are often impolite and ungrateful. The next time you’re at a restaurant or getting a haircut, take the time to first thank your server for doing such a good job. Secondly, give them a generous tip.

Many service people rely heavily upon tips. Your generosity could make the difference whether their kids are on a sports team or can buy enough groceries to feed their growing family. The quote “pay it forward” is a good reminder to be kind whenever possible.

10. Give a random gift to a friend. 

Friends are special. Show a good friend how much they mean to you with a small gift. It doesn’t need to be extravagant. Buy them lunch or a cup of coffee. Drop off their favorite sweet treat or flower at their work. Knowing you care about them will boost their day and make you feel good that you’ve shown someone special that you love them.

There’s nothing better than getting an unexpected gift from a friend.  Facebook is really great for this as they can send a gift directly to your friends online.  And if you want to send us one, we’d gladly accept. 😉

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11. Be kind to the Earth.  

Earth is our home. Just as you take care of your house by keeping it clean and fixing broken windows, you should take care of the Earth. There are many ways to do this. Some suggestions include

  • Composting lowers your carbon footprint by turning grass clippings, vegetable peels, skins, and paper into compost that you can use in your garden.
  • Picking up highway trash or trash at the park
  • Recycling plastic and glass
  • Grow a garden for your household

Being kind to Mother Earth doesn’t need to be expensive. Start small. Even a couple of small actions can make a big difference.

Little changes make a difference. Drink from a reusable water bottle, recycle, bike/walk to work, or eat sustainable foods that cause no harm to animals.  This is the only place we have to live (right now), so please be mindful!

12. Surprise family or friends with a vacation.  

Some people do not have the money or time due to money to go on vacation.  Give them a weekend to remember if you can – bringing joy into the lives of others is one of the greatest things you can do in this life.

It may require you to save your money for months or work extra hours for more vacation days, but planning a surprise vacation for your family or friends is worth the sacrifice. How cool is it to think you are the one making such a fun surprise?

The wonderful memories of the vacation will give your family and friends something to discuss for years.

13. Support the local economy.  

Local, small businesses offer unique shopping or service opportunities for citizens living in the community.  Without local businesses would lack the community feel. When possible, skip shopping at the big retail store. Instead, head to your local small business for that gift.  Eat dinner at a family-run restaurant instead of choosing to dine at a restaurant that you could find anywhere in the U.S. Supporting your local economy could look like

  • Join a local community group
  • Volunteer at a local food bank
  • Donate to a local charity
  • Tutor kids at a local elementary school
  • Attend local community meetings that discuss improvements or changes in your area

You’ll feel more connected to your community, and you’ll add a little extra positivity too.

Remember–no multinational corporations are behind the local farmer’s market, bakery, or hair salon.  Support the families in your community – as the adage goes, it takes a village.

14. Compliment a stranger.

Many people are lonely. Giving someone a simple compliment could make their day better. Of course, you should be wise about who you speak to. Never put yourself in a dangerous situation when talking to a stranger.

If you’re in a suitable situation in public, take the time to compliment an older person on their lovely gray hair or compliment a young mom on how patient she’s with their feisty two-year-old. It could make their day.

You never know what kind of day someone may be having.  A simple compliment on their smile or the color of a pretty blouse can cheer them.

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15. Achieve a goal, go after another. 

Setting goals helps you feel positive and productive in your life. Your goals don’t need to be big; small goals add to big results.  At the beginning of each day, write down four or five goals you’d like to achieve.

These notes could be mundane, simple goals like washing two loads of laundry or calling the vet to make an appointment for your cat. Little by little, whittle away at your list. Finish one goal and go on to the next. At the end of the day, you’ll be surprised at how much you’ve accomplished. You may want to divide your lists of goals into the following:

  • Household goals-cleaning, cooking, shopping, repairs
  • Personal goals-hair cuts, pedicures, buying clothes or having lunch with friends, hobbies
  • Family goals– kids’ shoes, kids, doctor appointments, reading a book to your four-year-old
  • Work goals-finish resume, call a client, or file papers.

People love success stories.  Be one.

16. Write and practice powerful “I AM” Affirmation Statements.

Writing down “I Am” affirmation statements about yourself boosts your positive energy. Studies show that when you write down affirmative statements about your values, it not only increases a healthy self-view but it also gives you more compassion for others. Practice weekly writing up your affirmation statements and read them every day.

When you verbally affirm the positive person you know lives in your soul, your positive energy will increase and broaden in impact.

17. Donate material items.  

No doubt, you have extra stuff lying around the house. Donate your items to a local charity, homeless shelter, or thrift store if it’s in good condition. Some churches collect household items for single moms. Donating to those in need is good whether it’s clothing, furniture, good used clothing, or kitchen dishes. It’s something positive you can do for others, and you’ll feel happier helping others.

Do your part, and you’ll even have a cleaner house!

You can also support causes by shopping for brands on a mission. TOMS shoes, Toys for Tots, and other charities make it happen in a big way for those with little.

18. Pay for dinner.

This is a classic way to spread positive energy.  Sharing a meal can bring the world together – but paying for the bill can create world peace (really!)

If you go out to dinner regularly with your parents or friends, why not dig deep into your pockets to pay for their meal. It’s easy to grow complacent and expect others to always foot the bill. It could mean a lot to someone if you show them you care by paying for dinner.

Of course, if you can’t afford it, don’t go into debt buying people’s dinners, but maybe you could start saving a little extra money to increase your food budget for situations like this. It takes simple planning ahead, but the joy you give will be worth the small sacrifice.

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19. Pray for someone. 

Prayer is powerful. It can give comfort and bring hope to someone. Taking the time to pray for someone shows them you care. If you see someone in need at work, school, or home, take a minute to ask if you can pray for someone.

Studies indicate that those who are ill benefit from prayer. In fact, researchers have found a strong relationship between prayer and cancer patients living longer. So, if you ask someone to pray with you today, who knows, you may save their life.

Please include someone who needs it.  This is the most powerful one of all.

20. Offer to babysit.

Parenting small kids is a 24/7 job. Parents need a break once in a while. Offering to babysit for a friend or family member’s kids could go a long way in saying you care about them. Be sure you’re prepared for working the age kids they have.

Do a little research on games or fun activities the age group enjoys. If you show up with snacks, games, and a favorite book to read to the kids, you’ll be a big hit with the parents and the kids. You’ll feel good that you could help out and reap the benefits of getting to know the kids better.

If you don’t have kids, this may seem small.  But if you’re a parent, you know the absolute gold in this good deed.

21. Be kind to someone you dislike.

This can be difficult to be nice to someone you don’t like. But it’s not impossible. It’s a choice you make. Of course, you should never be kind to someone who’s hurt you physically or abused you verbally. These people aren’t trustworthy, and you shouldn’t feel the need to be involved in their life.

But for that grumpy coworker who doesn’t greet you or your messy roommate who leaves her stuff all over the place, giving them kind words could change their day.  Some people are irritable and uncooperative because they’re unhappy. Showing them kindness may soften their tough exterior and allow them to open up about their difficult life.

Why not try speaking kind, uplifting words today? Be prepared, though. You may not get a positive response. But that’s okay because you will feel better knowing you did the right thing, and that will enhance your positive energy.

Abraham Lincoln once said, “I destroy my enemies when I make them my friends.” Enough said.

22. Make a financial donation to a charity.  

Anne Frank once said, “No one has ever become poor by giving.”

Studies show that when you give, it makes you happier. Researchers found that your brain feels pleasure when you donate money to charities rather than keeping it for yourself. Giving your money to charities, in essence, makes you feel rich in blessings.

Even if it’s just a quarter to the red bucket during the holidays, someone will appreciate your kind gesture toward humanity somewhere.  It helps them operate, which you can feel good about.   PS – Girl Scout cookies count!

23. Help the elderly.  

The elderly around us are often forgotten, especially those who live in their homes. If you have an elderly neighbor or family member nearby, look in on them occasionally. Ask them if they need anything, and be prepared to help.

They may need someone to listen to their worries about their health. You may be able to do some kind things like helping them with their computer or planting a flower on their flowerbed. Your radiant positive energy will shine through to them and lift their spirit because they’ll know someone cares.

Although they may mentally slip, move slow, and even be tough to teach new tricks, they are worth your time – it’s important to spread your positive energy to them. You’re here because of them.

24. Adopt an animal.

Like people, animals need love and care. If you’ve ever visited an animal shelter, you’ve seen the sad faces of the dogs and cats waiting to be adopted. Many animal shelters offer discounts on adoption, help with vet bills, and provide items like leashes, food bowls, and toys. Adopting an animal isn’t just for the animal’s sake; you will be a big recipient of the animals’ devotion and love.

Everyone deserves a second chance.  Animals count too.

25. Donate books.

All the people in the world deserve the right to read whether they can afford reading material or not.

No doubt, you have some extra books lying around the house. Did you know that you can donate these to your local library? The library sells the donated books and uses the money for the library expenses. What better way to help your local library and the entire community that uses the library.

Dig around in your bookshelves today. You’re sure to find a couple of boxes of books. Your bookshelf will be cleaner, and your heart will feel happier knowing you’ve helped your local community.

There are many programs out there that take part in distributing books.

26. Read to children. 

We can’t do much of anything without the ability to read.  Give children a chance and read to them as often as possible.  Education is the world’s most powerful weapon.

Studies found that reading to your young children will help them learn to read. As they hear you pronounce words or listen to the cadence of your voice, they will adopt these habits.  Plus, reading to your kids gives you sweet times to bond over a book. It doesn’t matter if you’re reading a silly book or a serious classic to them; reading to your kids can create a relaxing, peaceful time of being together while enjoying a book.

27. Read and share inspiring material daily. 

Studies found that daily reading of inspiring or motivational readings will help your self-esteem. Sharing what you’ve read with someone else can encourage them. The opportunity to talk about what you read helps you remember the material. Plus, discussions are a great way to grow closer to the person you’re sharing with. You can choose to read from

  • A religious book
  • A book of favorite poems
  • A book of famous quotes
  • A self-help book

Any of these books will provide you with helpful motivation for your day and cause you to feel better about life.

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28. Donate to the parking meter.  

You may not think that donating to the parking meter is worth it, but it’s an easy way to help the person who uses it next. When you put extra money into a parking meter, someone else can enjoy a surprise of extra time on the meter. It’s an anonymous way of helping others that do not take much of your time or money.

If you see a car parked in front of an expired meter or someone about to get a parking ticket, do them a favor and drop a quarter in for them.  Chances are, you’ve been helped out in the past – – pay it forward. Why not give it a try?

29. Hold the door for someone.

Little things mean a lot.  Life gets busy, but taking a few extra minutes to hold open a door for someone or allow another person to go first shows kindness and consideration. Our world is filled with people who feel angry and frustrated. Trying  to be kind is one way to make the world a little better place for everyone.

Why not give it a try? 

30. Meditate.

Meditation improves your mental and physical health. Studies show that mediation benefits your health in many ways. Here are a few ways meditation can help you

  • Lowering blood pressure
  • Reduces pain
  • Lowers your stress
  • Helps IBS
  • Improves depression
  • Fights insomnia

Daily meditation is helpful at any age. It can boost your positivity and make you feel happier about life. Start slow and work your way up to a longer period of meditation for full benefits.

Mediation allows you to dissolve negative energy, dive into your soul, and multiply the positive energy you have access to then share it with others.   Ommm. 🙂

31. Apologize. 

It’s not easy admitting you are wrong. It takes maturity and self-confidence to confess you’ve made a mistake. Even if you apologize, you don’t know if the person you apologize to will forgive you. It’s worth making an effort to mend your relationship. When you apologize, you’ll feel better about yourself. Humbling yourself allows you to grow as a person. We all say and do things we regret, so no need to feel bad about ourselves. Just take that first step and apologize. You’ll feel better, which can enhance your positive energy.

Each one of us has a moment or event in our lives that we regret. Apologize.  Do it.  Forgiveness means forgiving yourself too, y’ know?

32. Tell someone they inspire you.

If there’s someone in your life that inspires you or has positively impacted your life – tell them. They may not realize the ripple effect of their positive energy, and your kind words may keep them going in a time they feel like giving up. Even the strong experience moments of weakness.

It seems small, but telling someone they inspire you could mean a lot to someone. It’s easy to forget how encouraging words build-up people. Whether it’s a note of encouragement or a text telling them how they inspire you, your words could make someone’s day or week. And that’s a great way for you to radiant positive energy.

33. Express your gratitude.

Perhaps the quickest way to create more positive energy for yourself and others is to express gratitude. Daily gratitude unlocks the fullness of life and allows a clear pathway to everlasting abundance. Depending on your personal preference, you can meditate on what you’re grateful for, journal, pray about it, or openly speak it aloud.

Studies show that practicing gratitude changes your brain for good. Being thankful for the good things in your life rather than focusing on the negatives enhances your well-being.

Whether you write down all you are thankful for in a journal or tell someone what you’re grateful for, you will feel happier and more content with your life. Why not get started today practicing gratitude? It will enhance your positive energy and give you a fresh perspective on your day.


Final Thoughts on Radiating Positive Energy to Share with the World

Small action steps like these are the building blocks to continuing joy and happiness in your life and the lives of those around you.  Positive energy is infinite, and you can decide to radiate it daily.   Imagine how much better the world would be if we each made daily kind acts? I choose to begin NOW. Who’s with me?