Donate to charity. Be a courteous driver. Say “Please” and “Thank you”. Care for others. And… uh… recycle. Easy. Thank you for reading. My next riveting piece will be available for consumption sometime next week.
Don’t get me wrong. Those are all good general tips. But, for this post, I wanted to include a list of things that weren’t as obvious. Here are five not so cookie-cutter ways we can bring more Positivity + Transparency to today’s world and set a good example for those that will be here after us.
We’re all taught that 20% is standard gratuity. Other tip rules that I’ve come across in my twenty-five years include the $5 pizza delivery tip and the $2 bar tip. Abiding by these unwritten rules is never a bad thing. But, tipping provides such a golden opportunity to positively impact someones mood and/or day. Sure, telling someone they look great can have the same effect, but in today’s world of hyper sensitivity and anxiety, not many people are comfortable going out of their way to compliment a stranger. Tipping is a perfect non-verbal way to bring a smile to someone’s face. At the end of the day, it’s a few bucks. A smile is worth much more.
Applying “Don’t litter” to social media is a little more complicated than finding your closest trash receptacle. Just like it’s a bad look to throw your Taco Bell rubbish out the window, it’s an equally bad look to bring unnecessary negative energy to public social platforms. I enjoy sarcasm like anyone else, the issue here is passive aggressiveness. Tweeting “Hey weirdo across the room, take a picture, it’ll last longer!!!” is an empty quesadilla wrapper on my Twitter timeline. I love quesadillas, but please think twice before addressing a cynical social post to no one in particular.
This one is simple. Why is one person’s space more important than the space afforded to whomever is behind them? As an above average sized human, I am still shocked every time I am reclined upon. Yes, I’m writing this on a plane. Yes, the person in front of me is reclined. I can basically lick the back of her seat.
A bit of imagination is needed for this one. I think it’s healthy every once in a while to be in awe of how small you are, how big everything else is and how utterly incredible it is to be alive. To me, the sky is a perfect physical representation of this idea. Taking a few moments to watch the sun’s rays dashing across towering glass buildings or the rhythmic sway of tree tops in the wind can really reinforce a feeling of wonderment in a person. That kind of energy is contagious.
BREAKING: Kids are impressionable! But really, every second a child spends around an adult shapes his/her outlook. That’s what makes being a parent the most frightening thought ever. Imagine an adult who grew up with people, all people, being friendly and kind to them? This person would be one of those sunshine rays I mentioned last week. The bonus here: 100% chance of receiving a smile back.