BYOH: Build Your Own Happiness or How to hack your own happiness buttons.
Today, the topic is being kinder than you might typically be or rather, be more compassionate.
I don’t see myself as a mean person, but, sometimes, I can get snippy when people work my nerves.
At my day job, it is no uncommon for me to encounter rude people, several times a day. On top of those people, who are usually paying customers, I also have to deal with people who want to use the facilities, without using our services; these people get rude when I have to turn them away, through no fault of my own (company policy).
Most days, you can find me being the most jovial, friendly, helpful person in the neighborhood, but there are days, when people have been trying my patience, that I have to remind myself “to be kinder than usual”, because I really feel like giving folks the side-eye and my backside to kiss.
Showing compassion, when I really want to show folks the door, is hard sometimes, but it can push your happiness buttons when individuals tell you how truly grateful they are for your help. It doesn’t even have to be a big thing. Small acts can get big smiles.
For instance, just the other day, I was transferring a cold beverage from the cup it came, into an iced bottle I keep around so that I can transport my drink home, later. As I was doing so, not all of the drink could be transferred. Normally, I would just dump the rest and toss the cup. On this day, I noticed a homeless lady sitting on the curb outside my work. Instead of wasting the rest, I offered it to her. She gave me the biggest grin and “thank you”; as if I had given her a $20 bill. It pushed my happiness button to do something so simple, because I saw that it had made her day.
We sometimes forget that everyone is going through something; some shit that we are sure that nobody else would understand or being able to deal with. But, it comes down to the biblical “Golden Rule” or “do unto others as you would have done to you” and remembering that, since you don’t know why an individual is rude and/or taking their rough day out on you, it’s best to err on the side of kindness and give them a smile and not your own rudeness, in return, especially if their anger not personal towards you.
It may not always work out. Some people are rude ALL the time, but most folks aren’t. In order to keep peace in your life and make sure that your happiness buttons can get a boost, it pays to remember to show everyone a little compassion and whenever you can, show a little more kindness than usual.
Feel free, to visit my Facebook page and tell me what kind of things that you do to push your own happiness buttons or drop a line in the comments section. I would really love to hear from you.
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