Optimism is a powerful tool. It can help you see the best in people and situations, making you more hopeful about the future. When you're optimistic, you believe that good things will happen, making them more likely to happen.
But optimism isn't something that just happens automatically. It's something you have to actively cultivate. Just like a garden, optimism requires effort and attention to grow. But the good news is that there are small things you can do every day to make yourself more optimistic.
50 Small Acts of Optimism
Give a sincere compliment.
Keep your word. If you have integrity and you are a person of trust, you are already helping others.
Be honest. Your honesty helps others feel valued.
Listen to others. Always listen to what others are telling you instead of proving your point.
Give instructions. If you have a skill, organize a free course or give instructions.
Volunteer in local organizations.
Give a few dollars to the person who asks for them.
Separate the recycled bottles and place them next to the container instead of throwing them away.
Set aside time for strangers. If you live in a tourist area, when someone stops you on the road and asks for information, give it to them.
Get back in touch with distant relatives. If you have lost contact with relatives who have moved away or after you have moved away.
Encourage talent in others. If you notice that someone has a skill they are not using, gently suggest that they could develop it.
Support local artists. If local singers, choirs, painters, or other artists organize their presentation instead of commenting on it, buy a ticket, visit the event and thus support them.
Don't ignore local politics. Helping others involves knowing what is going on in your local community.
Have barbecues or dinners and invite a diverse group. You never know how someone might connect with someone.
Be a sponsor to children in distant lands. With a bit of money, you can provide someone with lunch, a vaccine, or even schooling.
Help someone get where they want to be.
Hold the door for someone. This is a trifle, and it means a lot.
Get up and offer a place to pregnant women, the elderly, and those who look tired.
Let someone who only has one or two products at the checkout go ahead of you.
Turn neighbors from strangers into friends.
Help someone achieve their goal. Talk to people about what they want and consider whether you can help them.
Give a vacant apartment or room to a person who does not have a roof over his head.