Doing the right thing can bring a funny feeling inside. It starts as a sudden spark in the brain and ends with a generous action that creates a warm feeling inside. Doing the right thing doesn’t always have to be so critical. It can range from saving someone’s life to putting a smile on someone’s face. After all what goes around comes around! Here are some ways to do the right thing and become a better person:
- You’d be surprised how far a simple flash of the pearly whites go. Nothing feels better than getting a smile back.
- this can be just as simple as holding the door open for someone who has their hands full or letting someone go ahead of you in a busy grocery store (assuming they have a reasonable amount of items). Be respectful of elders- yes this goes for primas, hermanas, and hermanos too. Sometimes family can be hard to deal with, but giving into a selfish argument can bring about better results.
- This one is always misunderstood. Being generous doesn’t mean handing out money to whoever asks-or doesn’t ask. Generosity can take the form of many other things besides monetary gain. Offer to give someone a ride home, take your little brother to soccer practice, offer to stay behind and help clean up the class room for a few minutes, lend your shoulder fro someone to cry on-just beware of giving bad advise, make dinner once and a while, when there is a buy one get one free give the other item as a “just because” gift. There are many little ways to give time, whether it be volunteering or setting the tale. Who knows, you might learn something new and unexpected.
- when there is something out of place, take action. Many little things like putting car keys in their proper place, checking the mail, taking messages on the phone, giving the dog more food or water or even jotting down information that may be of use to someone in the future. Having someone aware in the house always brings a sense of comfort and to the shy this could be an anonymous act that doesn’t leave room for recognition.
- This can help tremendously in a class room setting. Often times classmates may be too shy or intimidated to ask important questions about an assignment or instructions. By initiating a question, this takes the edge of others and still allows everyone to get the information they need. Be careful not to assume that everyone is intimidated; sometimes the question hasn’t crossed their minds. Also, if you are a shy person yourself, don’t feel pressured into taking this initiative, being a better person and doing the right thing calls for self security. It is important not to overstep your boundaries or the boundaries of others.
Above all, be yourself! As humans we are not perfect, and some days that smile will not come easy. Accept the bad days and try to make the good ones into better ones. You’ll be surprised to learn that a good attitude radiates like the sun and touches others around you.