How to be happy...
So lots of people have written to me (which is cool, I love to hear from you), about the way they find the world a harsh place to be. Particularly in terms of the way we interact with each other at times; and how can one be so positive as I am about our beautiful planet and all who co-exist on her? I am not a fan of rose-tinted glasses but I do advocate, if you are feeling down about our wonderful network of humanity, an approach used in schools for turning around the behaviour of ‘naughty’ children – Catch them being good!
Of course people do bad things – we see it on the news every day, we may experience it in our lives – but you know, on the whole, most people do good things. Simple, everyday little acts of kindness, sharing and compassion. All you have to do is to start to notice, and the more you do, the more you will notice more, and the more your faith in humanity will be realised. (For those teachers out there, I can hear you saying, it is the perpetrator who is meant to then start being good by positive reinforcement – I know – but it kind of works for the onlooker too in terms of changing attitude – trust me!)
If you open your eyes and really notice what is going on today as you walk to work you’ll see: a young woman helping a mother off the bus with her cumbersome pushchair; a school crossing lollipop man wiping away a boy’s tears after he falls over; a shopkeeper taking a few pennies less than the price from an old lady buying teabags; strangers stopping to chat and smile as their dogs connect on the street; a driver waving other drivers through with a cheery smile at a busy junction; a neighbour snipping another’s overgrown hedge as they are too frail to do it themselves or a man stopping to hold open the huge street bin lid for a child who is trying to drop their litter into it. This what is what I saw on my walk to work this morning – it’s a short walk. In less than five minutes. I saw all of these wonderful people doing wonderful random acts of humanity. What can you experience when you catch us all being good?
I love you, humanity