Affirmations, meditation, prayer, vision boards...all of these things tend to work to tap into good energy and send it out into the world.
So that's what I'm going to try to add to my routine. I've already gotten into the habit of writing down gratitude for each day. And for real, even just appreciating a stolen nap in a slow afternoon, my mood is incredibly lifted.
I typed in a random act of kindness search. Did you know there is a whole organization at RandomActsOfKindness.org? I was searching around the site, which seems to be geared more toward educators (which is awesome), and found something that stuck.
One of their ideas was to send an email for no other reason than to be complimentary and positive.
I love this idea. Some of my most cherished relationships have started with a compliment. They have started with genuine appreciation with no expectations. When I first started devouring books years ago, I would send out fan emails. I would drop lines to amazing authors just to tell them they were amazing. I never in a million years thought they'd write back.
And that's what I'm going to start attempting to recapture. I want to be the person who isn't afraid to put that positive energy back into the world.
I'm going to send an email today. It's not going to be long, because I need to get to work, but dropping a line to someone who inspires me, might just make them smile. Maybe I'll throw out a tweet tomorrow, or a Facebook post. There are so many ways to put out the energy I want to send out into the world again.
Working on habits, and getting shit done in my life is incredibly important, but going through my day emphasizing kindness is even more so.
I dare you to send a happy email, or compliment a stranger, or even hold a door for a mom struggling with a stroller. I dare you to commit a random act of kindness today. When you do it, come back and tell me about it. I'd love to hear about it.