“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word,
a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of
which have the potential to turn a life around.”
I love the idea of increasing your "positivity footprint"
Just like our carbon footprint measures our emissions of greenhouse gas and our impact on the environment, our “positivity footprint” measures our emission of good vibes and our impact on society.
And here are five simple strategies to help you raise your own positivity footprint. via
1. Smile Often
“We shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.”
Try to end each conversation with your most heartfelt smile. The other person
is likely to return the favor, and you’ll both be walking away with a smile on
2. Compliment People Every Chance You Get
“Be hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise”
It’s amazing how a few simple words have the power to make a person’s
Whenever someone gives you good service, says something smart, wears something you like, or cooks you a good meal, give him/her a genuine compliment. Watch what happens next. Seeing their face light up in appreciation is guaranteed to uplift you too.
3. Be Funny, Silly, and Playful
“Humor is the great thing, the saving thing. The minute it crops up, all
our irritation and resentments slip away, and a sunny spirit takes their
Whenever you get a chance, try to lighten up the conversation with something
funny or silly. Even if you don’t think you’re a humorous person, you can
do it. Humor is just like anything—the more we use it, the better we get at
4. Give Hugs
“Hugging is the ideal gift. Great for any occasion, fun to give and
receive, shows you care, comes with its own wrapping, and, of course, is fully
They’ve been proven to increase our levels of oxytocin, the “love hormone,”
and to create deeper connections between humans.
5. Ask Questions and Listen Intently
“Deep listening is miraculous for both listener and speaker. When
someone receives us with open-hearted, non-judging, intensely interested
listening, our spirits expand.”
Do you know someone who asks you really good questions and listens to your
answers with the utmost attention?
Sue Patton Thoele
Always try to ask people about themselves, their ideas, their dreams, and listen as though they’re the only person in the world in that instant. It’ll make them feel like a million bucks, and you’re bound to learn some amazing things about them.
Phil Drolet is a writer, triathlete, lover of wisdom, and a Peak Performance Coach, helping people take bold action towards their dreams, optimize their lifestyle, and overcome their fears. For more on Phil please visit his website or follow him on Facebook and Twitter.