No act of kindness, not matter how small, is ever wasted.
Contribute to Others
I make this a habit for very selfish reasons -- one of the fastest ways to make yourself feel better is to help someone else. When you help out a co-worker, for example, it increases your sense of being connected to a team, decreases the negativity associated with excessive competitiveness, and makes you look good. When you volunteer to help people who are having a hard time, it puts your own life into perspective; you appreciate your own good fortune, and complain less. (And it makes you look good.) Volunteering can improve your social network as you connect with other volunteers. And when you incorporate contributing to others into your sense of purpose, you hit the extraordinary life jackpot.
- Incorporate the notion of "paying it forward" into your daily life -- open the door for someone, run an errand for a co-worker, pay for a stranger's cup of coffee, See how it feels to do this kind of thing every day.
- Google "volunteer near me" to find a volunteer opportunity to try out. Aim for four hours per week.
- Listen to this Loving Kindness recording to help you feel more kindly towards your fellow creatures.