How do you use your positive energy?
If you can make other people feel good about themselves, that speaks volumes about who you are as a person. Too many people in the world are lost, depressed, and hurting, but what if you could do or say something that could empower them and ultimately transform their outlook on life?
You might just be one person, but you have unlimited potential to impact someone’s life by your words and actions. Hurt people hurt others, but healed people do the opposite.
If we all resolved to show compassion and unconditional love to people instead of perpetuating hate and animosity, we would have a totally different world. Best of all, you can change the world with good intentions, and you don’t have to spend a dime.
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” – Mother Teresa
You want to make somebody’s day, or possibly their life? Try sharing one of these things to spread positive energy with others:
15 Ways to Spread Positive Energy:
1 – Tell someone why you appreciate them and what you love about them.
Our society encourages people to gossip and put down others just to feed our egos, but this only causes pain to you and everyone you encounter. Instead of giving in to negativity and needing to drain someone else of energy to supplement yours, tell them how amazing they are. Compliment them and remind them what endearing qualities they have that make them unique. Everyone needs some appreciation and recognition, and you can be the person to show it to them.
Sometimes you can see things in others that they can’t even see themselves because many people forget their own worth. Remind them of their own worthiness, and be brave enough to go beyond your ego. Too many people avoid raw feelings and emotions, thinking they will make them weak and vulnerable. However, our hearts form the bridges between one another, and you will feel more connected to the person by sharing what you admire about them.
2 – Give them the full attention of your positive energy.
Too many people today only half-listen to each other, playing with their phones or looking in all directions except toward the other person. People avoid eye contact, or simply don’t fully engage with the person. Turn off your brain and phone for a while, and just listen to what the person is saying. You will get much more out of the conversation, and you may even forget you have a phone once you start really listening to the person.
Many people hear, but they don’t listen. Hearing means you recognize noise moving into your eardrums, but you aren’t necessarily paying attention to what the noise means. Listening means decoding the implication of the sounds and attempting to comprehend the words. Next time you have a conversation with someone, put away your phone, and just focus on them. They will really appreciate all the attention and respect, and will likely give the same to you.
3 – Ask them what the most exciting part of their day was.
When you see someone at the grocery store or in line at the bank, greet them with something rather than the usual “Hi, how are you?” This usually leads to a dead-end, because both of you will say “Good,” and the conversation will run dry. Try something that will inspire them to think positively about their day and share with you an experience that made them happy.
Even if the most exciting part of their day was their drive to work, at least you got them to practice positive thinking. Use conversations with strangers, or even your best friend, as a chance to infuse the world with radiant energy and showcase your innate ability to put a smile on someone’s face. We all have this capability, so make sure you put it to good use!
4 – Edify them when you’re out together.
Nothing makes a person feel better than knowing that others acknowledge their positive traits or accomplishments. If they recently got a promotion at work or fulfilled a colossal goal, like publishing a book, make sure others know about it! Everyone deserves praise and support when they finally reach a milestone in life. Besides congratulating them and boasting about their achievements, you can also simply tell others why you admire them as a person.
Put them in the limelight for a while and let them bask in all the attention – they will really appreciate you for noticing all their great qualities, plus they will just feel really loved and special.
5 – Surprise them with a small gift or exciting plans for the day.
This probably only applies to someone you know really well because you know what types of things and activities they enjoy. Buy something small for your best friend or significant other to show them how much you appreciate them, or make some unique plans that you know will mean a lot to them. If they haven’t been to the beach in a really long time and you know they are a total beach bum, take them on a surprise trip to the coast. Or, if their favorite band is playing in your city or somewhere nearby, get them a ticket and go to the show with them.
It doesn’t cost money to make others happy. Even a heartfelt compliment is a gift. But, they will be reminded what a great friend or partner you are if you treat them to their favorite things every once in a while.
6 – Put away electronics when you’re having a face-to-face conversation with another person
Electronics are a huge part of your everyday life. They help you communicate, relax and stay informed. But they can be a massive deterrent to your face-to-face conversations. When you’re in a face-to-face conversation with someone, put aside your electronics. This will show the person that you not only respect them, but you’re interested in what they have to say.
Keep in mind that your electronics will always be available, but special moments of conversation with friends and family won’t always be there. Be deliberate when in a conversation to silence your cell phone and push aside your tablet. It will be meaningful to the person you’re talking to because they’ll feel like you love and care about them enough to stop what you’re doing.
7 – Surprise someone by sending a positive text message
You may never know the impact you could make when you surprise them by sending a positive text message. People have difficult things going on in their lives. They may feel hopeless or defeated by life. Taking a moment to send a well thought out, the positive message could mean the difference between that person feeling like no one cares to knowing they aren’t forgotten.
Send a Bible scripture, a meditation message or an uplifting positivity quote. Have several quotes saved so you can send it to people.
Keep a journal with positive messages or quotes, ready to send to people. Being aware of others can actually enhance your own happiness and positivity because you feel like you’re making a difference in someone’s life. It’s a small way to change the world around you into a more positive place.
8 – Remember milestones, birthdays, anniversaries for people you care about
Life gets busy, and it’s easy to lose track of special events in your friends and family’s lives. But when you do remember a particular day, people are really touched by it. The world is fast-paced and full of distractions, plus you may be blessed to have many friends and family to keep up with. Don’t worry, or be overwhelmed by this.
Create a simple system of remembering milestones in people’s lives, such as their birthday or anniversary. Keep special days listed on your phone’s calendar, set alerts so you’ll be reminded of these days. Pick up small gifts and cards throughout the year, so that when it’s someone’s special day, you’ll have a little gift ready to give them.
Keep a list of things you know people enjoy, use this list to pick out tokens. It may sound overwhelming at first, but remembering others’ special days will turn into a blessing for you. Your actions make a big difference in spreading some positive energy to those you love.
9 – Smile
People who smile are seen as cheerful and approachable. Studies show that when you smile, you give off a positive message to others. People want to be around people who smile and are cheerful. Cheerful people have better relationships than people who look disgusted or unhappy. When you give someone a happy smile, they feel like you’re a safe person. Your smile tells people that you are comfortable and joyful. Being happy is actually good for your health. The Bible says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine…” So, why not spread some positive energy around today with a cheerful smile at the people you meet today?
10 – Invite someone to join you in exercise
Of course, you know that exercise is good for you. It strengthens your body and releases endorphins that help you feel happier and peaceful. It’s so good for you, but why not try inviting someone to join you? When you ask someone to participate with you in exercise, it will boost your relationship with them.
If they also like workouts, it will be a no brainer for them to meet up with you. But, if they aren’t into exercise, they may feel hesitant to try it. So start small. Invite them for a long walk or a short jog. These activities will be less intimidating. Take them to a yoga class with you.
Gyms often host ‘bring a friend or family’ days for free, so you could invite someone to come with you on that day. Who knows you may inspire someone to start exercising, who has never liked it before and find an exercise partner at the same time.
11 – Pray for someone in need
Prayer is a powerful way to reach out to someone in need. Asking someone if you can pray for them may surprise them, since they may not expect this sort of kindness. They will be touched by your thoughtfulness. Praying with someone can make them feel cared for and appreciated. It can boost their hope and help them get through a hard situation.
It doesn’t matter if you pray for them over the phone or if you pause in a restaurant to say a little prayer for them, it will mean a lot to them. Encouraging them to have faith can make a huge impact on their life. It will enhance their positive energy and yours as well. So, take time today to pray for someone around you.
12- Volunteer work
Helping out at a homeless shelter, animal shelter, or at a school is a great way to spread positive energy. There’s always a need for volunteers, plus you may end up getting back more than you give. Studies show that those who volunteer actually live longer than people who don’t volunteer.
Volunteer work builds relationships with other volunteers and the people you’re serving. It opens doors for you to find other volunteer programs to help out. Or you may find a way to start another volunteer program on your own at the place where you’re volunteering. The opportunities and needs are endless. Spreading positivity to people in need can boost your positive energy, too. You will have the satisfaction of giving back to your community, your city or your neighborhood.
13 – Donate money to a cause
If you can afford it, donate money. Find a worthy cause you feel passionate about and give. No matter how big or small you can give, every bit counts. Being generous helps you spread positivity, plus it makes you feel good when you know you’ve helped someone else. One study found that when you donate your time or money to a worthy cause, it can actually activate a part of your brain that helps you feel pleasure. It really is “better to give than to receive,” so find a good cause to donate to today and spread some positive energy at the same time.
14 – Meditate
Meditating every day for as little as 10 minutes can help you keep perspective on life and stay positive. Meditation calms your mind. It also allows your body to relax. Studies show that meditation boosts your health. Here are the health benefits of mediation.
- Lowers your blood pressure
- Helps you deal with the pain
- Enables you to deal with menopause symptoms
- Reduces psychological problems
- Reduces anxiety
- Helps with IBS
- Helps people quit smoking
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ncredible benefits to mediation. Why not incorporate a few meditation techniques into your day to spread a little positive energy?
15 – Help out an elderly neighbor or relative
There are always opportunities to help others all around you, but sometimes it easy to overlook those closest to us. Take a look around your neighborhood to see if there is an elderly person who could use a little help. It could be something as simple as helping them put their trash cans down at the curb once a week or helping pull weeds in their flowerbeds.
They may need help with their computer or their smartphone. Even a small gesture means a lot to an older person who may feel lonely. If you have older relatives who live near you, check in on them once a week. Call them or stop by their house, bring them coffee or something special from a local bakery.
Older relatives may often feel they’re not vital to you. Giving them a little of your time and attention will make them think they are loved. Plus, you’ll feel happy that you’ve brought some cheer to someone you love.