“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” ~Mark Twain …
Perhaps your day is not going so well–this happens to everyone from time to time. Your mood is sour, your focus is set on the negative in your life, and you are really having a difficult time cheering yourself up. It is kind of like tickling yourself–when you know it is coming, it really does not work. Maybe you could cheer someone else up. After all, it is hard to remain sour when in the presence of others who are cheerful.
Everyone experiences heartache, failure, and disappointment in their life, and many are not able to deal with and overcome it. Yet all it takes is for one person to reach out and turn the pain into something else… something more bearable. All it takes is one person to show compassion and concern, and help that suffering individual to experience a small piece of the cheerfulness that still is available to them even in their darkest times. Smiles and laughter will not hurt others, but they will infect them like a healthy disease–one that is certainly contagious and will come back on us. As Karl Barth put it, “Laughter is the closest thing to the grace of God.”
In so much of life, we can help ourselves by first helping others. Show your cheerful side to those around you. Bring positive energy to others so that they can radiate it back. Even if you do not get an immediate return from your investment… you will have given much to others who were in need themselves.
Spread some cheerfulness to others today.
Questions to consider:
How often do you share your cheerfulness with others? How does it affect them?
What kinds of effects do we have on others when we act gloomy and negative?
Why do we sometimes make the choice to be gloomy rather than bright?
For further thought:
“The cheerful live longest in years, and afterwards in our regard. Cheerfulness is the offshoot of goodness.” ~Christian Nestell Bovee