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.
Pick up trash from the floor, even if it's not yours.
Donate your belongings. We all have too many things, so by giving, you will do a favor to yourself and the person who needs help.
Encourage people. You always have the opportunity to encourage positive behavior and people to do what they love.
Donate books you have read.
Be a friend to people who don't deserve it. You are nothing special if you are kind to those who are kind to you.
Support the missionaries. You can support them with your messages, time, gifts, etc.
Share your good ideas with those who could use them, even though, ultimately, you will not benefit from them.
Promote other people's ideas. Sharing a social media post is free!
Stay calm and don't react to an argument. Sometimes don't even react when you have opinions.
Support the people you love no matter what, even if, in your judgment, they have entirely missed or are doing things that are beyond your comprehension.
Set aside your cell phone while talking to others.
Inspire others. If you are more successful in some fields than others, be their role model.
Make moral decisions. Moral decisions are generally good and serve not only your good but the good of others.
Be humble. Modesty goes hand in hand with doing good for others and not diminishing one's values in front of others.
Be the bearer of change. What you want to see in others, start with yourself.
Show sympathy, especially to those dealing with grief.
Take responsibility. If you're guilty of something, admit it.
Keep your excuses to yourself.
Prepare well for the circumstances you expect because you will be able to help others more.
Complain less to others. People who constantly complain about everything spoil the mood of others.
Forgive others who have made an honest mistake.
Take on extra chores. Let your volunteering begin in your home.
Increase eco-awareness. In addition to helping others, helping the planet is also important.
Seek help when you need it.
Stay healthy and take care of yourself. To help others, you must first take good care of yourself.
Use the word "thank you."
We hope that the small acts of optimism we've shared will inspire you to make a difference in your own community. Though these actions may seem simple, they can profoundly impact those around you. If everyone did their part to promote positivity and goodwill, imagine the change made! We encourage you to try out some of these optimistic actions and see how your life improves.