Monday, January 28, 2013

Where's Your Positivity Footprint at?

“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.”
Leo Buscaglia

I love the idea of increasing your "positivity footprint"

What's that?  

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.”
Mother Teresa

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 your face.

2. Compliment People Every Chance You Get

Be hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise”
Napoleon Hill

It’s amazing how a few simple words have the power to make a person’s day.
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 place.”
Mark Twain

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 it.

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 returnable”

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.”
Sue Patton Thoele

Do you know someone who asks you really good questions and listens to your answers with the utmost attention?
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.

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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.

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