“Spread light. Be the lighthouse.” — Yogi Tea
If you’ve ever been out at sea in the middle of a pitch-black night and saw a lighthouse, you know it’s much more than an iconic structure that helps boats navigate.
To sailors that bright light shining out of the dark is hope. It’s comfort. It’s a source of joy.
There’s so much negativity in the world today, but it’s important to keep our happiness shining bright AND spread that joy on to others, just like a lighthouse.
Maya Angelou had it right when she said, “People will never forget how you made them feel.” And there’s no doubt that most of us want to be remembered and thought of by others as making them feel good!
The world can use more joy and you can spread it with ease this very day by …
1. Stopping the spread of negative news. While it’s important to be informed, not much news is good news these days. Be aware that every time you post something negative online or start a discussion with friends or family about it their mood will be impacted — and most often in a bad way.
2. Giving away compliments. Really, who doesn’t love to be complimented? (And we’re not talking about faking it!) Surely there’s something about someone you encounter in your day or someone in your life you can take a minute to compliment.
Compliments are contagious and are always welcomed!
3. Doing something good for your neighborhood, community or the planet. Pick up a piece of trash (that’s not yours), volunteer at a town event, sign a Change.org petition that’s something you believe in and will positively impact our world.
4. Telling someone you love them, are grateful for them, or you’re sorry. No Savvy is an island and relationships are everything in this world. It’s also really easy to take for granted those we love and need most.
Take a minute to tell your partner, friend, family member, or even an ex that you love them, are grateful and maybe even sorry.
Life isn’t always sunshine and roses but we can do a lot more than we think to make it better.
Spread joy with reckless abandon and when times are especially dark, remember to shine on like the lighthouse.
Quote du jour
“Don’t forget that maybe you are the lighthouse in someone’s storm.” — Unknown
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