Happiness is being a good person

Happiness is being a good person

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A good person can make another person good; it means that goodness will elicit goodness in the society; other persons will also be good. ~ Bhumibol Adulyadej

I really struggled with whether or not to use this title, I try to avoid being too judgmental in my Ministry of Happiness posts. However, I decided to go with the title because I think you’ll see, the things I’m talking about are not really up for debate. What I want to talk about tonight are not the big things like being honest or kind but more of the little things. I think all too often when we think of goals or positive things to do in life we have a tendency to be a bit grandiose. Then, because grandiose things are very hard to accomplish, we end up either not completing our goals or worse, not even starting because of the scale of the job ahead of us.

So tonight just a small reminder of all of the small things we can do to be better people. What inspired this post was something I witnessed in a Chinese restaurant the other day. While eating my lunch a gentleman came in to pick up his takeout order. While picking through the basket of condiments to take home he noticed a packet of sauce at his feet. I did not see if he dropped it there or if someone else had, but his solution upon noticing it was to kick it out of the way.

Now, if he didn’t drop it, it’s not his responsibility to pick it up, I can envision that comment coming from a lot of you. However that is exactly the point of my post tonight, if we want to be a good person, not just an average, but an above average good person, sometimes we’ll need to take on things that are not our responsibility, things that we make our responsibility just so we can make this a better world. Now that last bit sounds grandiose but grandiose things can be built by many, many people adding just one brick to the structure. So here are some suggestions of how you can go right out, right now and make this a better world and by doing so, be a better, and yes, a happier person.

Pick up a piece of litter.

Hold the door open for someone, or say thank you to someone who holds it for you.

Smile at everyone you see today, sure, some people may scowl but you just might make someone’s day

Tell the cashier when he or she gives you the incorrect change, it will make the end of their day much better.

Pay for the toll of the car behind you or the next person’s coffee.

Give 5 hugs today.

The next time you see someone short on cash in a line, pay for the item(s) they’re short on.

Clean out the lint trap on the dryer or empty the dishwasher.

Let someone go in front of you in line.

Bring donuts into the office for no special reason or bake someone a cake.

Let someone who has done something stupid off the hook, instead of getting mad at them.

Conduct a random act of kindness.

Give a waiter or waitress a huge tip.

Tell someone if they’ve done a really good job, or make a point to give 5 sincere compliments today

These are just a few ideas, hopefully you get my point. If people were all just a little bit kinder to each other, a little bit more patient we’d all have happier days my friends          ~ Rev Kane

About revmichaelkane

Reverend Michael Kane is a writer, photographer, educator, speaker, adventurer and a general sampler of life. His most recent book about hiking and happiness is Appalachian Trail Happiness available in soft cover and Kindle on Amazon
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