Random Acts

I was in the drive thru line at McDonald’s with my fourteen year old son riding in the front seat beside me and my daughter in the backseat.  The line was backed up and we were contemplating bailing out.  Then I started eyeing up the woman behind me wondering what she was planning to order, and considering if I should pay for her meal or if it would be too expensive.  I had someone pay for my meal last year at Christmas and I know it’s one of those popular “random acts of kindness” that people do.

Eventually it was our turn and we placed our order.  Again, we were waiting to move forward and out of the blue my son piped up with, “We should pay for the person behind us.”  Well that sealed it.  It was strange that I hadn’t said anything out loud about considering paying for the order behind us and here he was with the same idea. Not wanting to squash his feelings of goodwill for another I paid her bill along with ours.

For less than $10 I was able to confirm my son’s feelings of generosity and maybe put a smile on someone’s face. I don’t know how she felt about the little gift of having her meal paid for. Hopefully it made her happy.  I know both of my kids were tickled to look back and see her face when she was told her meal was already paid for.



Happiness is Contagious

Recently I’ve been reading Happy: Simple Steps to Get More Out of Life by Ian Smith.   What caught my attention about the book was the sales pitch that promised that in it there is an explanation of how optimism and realism live together.  I made it to that section of the book and have to say I was a little disappointed.  Mainly because it was a short section with a few general statements that didn’t give me much insight.

However, I am still glad to be reading the book because there is lots of good information on how studies have shown that happy people tend to infect those around them with their happiness.   Even better yet, the friends and family of those who were just infected infect those around them.  Then their friends and family get infected as well.  According to studies, this is where it seems to stop – none of the family and friends beyond the third ring seem to be affected or feel the warmth of the original infection.  It is fascinating for me to think about how my being pleasant to the grocery store cashier affects not just her friends, but her friends friends and their friends too.

What could be better than that?  It’s free!

That’s right.  You can do it for free.

You can spread some joy, love, peace and happiness in the world and it doesn’t cost you a dime!  Tweet: You can spread some joy, love, peace and happiness in the world and it doesn't cost you a dime!https://littlegiftshopoh.com/2014/06/06/happiness-is-contagious/

This minion in Ohio is going to give a little gift to the world and do her part to spread the disease of happiness.

Positive Impact

Ohio Sunrise

Recently I was asked what I would do if I had an endless supply of money.  My response was that after paying off my debts I would try to work on world peace.  Then I realized that was silly.

One doesn’t need to be wealthy to positively impact the world. Tweet: One doesn't need to be wealthy to positively impact the https://ctt.ec/C4jMa+

I am already doing that.   Even though I am one small minion in OH, I still have an influence on others and can positively change the world and make it a better more peaceful place.