I can’t stand resolutions; when the new year comes around, I simply let it start.
I’m not one to say I’m going to live healthier, eat better, or grow in any other way. I guess it can stem from my mindset of being a realist. I know that most resolutions don’t last past the first month, so why would I even start one if I know most people are doomed to fail? Nonetheless, resolutions aren’t my thing.
However, this year I’ve decided to do something. I won’t label it as a resolution, but I will call it a goal. If you know me personally, you know that I try to frame my life in an empathetic way with immense care and love for others. I enjoy finding ways to connect with people and make them feel like they aren’t alone. With this being said, my goal for this year is to consciously and genuinely give people more compliments and encouragement.
There is nothing better than to unexpectedly be told that there is something about you that others see and like.
Hearing encouraging words can brighten a person’s day and give her hope and joy. There are so many opportunities to make people’s day better. I get so much joy in making others happy, seeing them smile, and their faces light up. Those experiences only happen once in a while in my life, because I don’t consciously decide to go out of my way and make people feel that way.
The thing is it takes little to no effort at all to just strike up a conversation with someone and let them know you appreciate them. I love people, so why not let them know that? My goal is to encourage and compliment strangers, too—not just people in my life. That can happen in so many different ways.
For example, I went to the movie theater the other day and it was a nearly sold out theater. Normally when I go to the movies there is at least one gap seat between me and the next group of people. However, with a sold out theater, everyone sits right next to each other. I ended up with a young girl next to me and during the previews I felt like I wanted to say something to her. I leaned over and told her that I absolutely loved her style and the shoes she was wearing. Getting to see that immediate smile on her face totally made my day. She told me that she really appreciated me saying something and that sparked up a short conversation between us. We talked about how this world could use more positivity and encouragement. It was so awesome that a simple compliment could strike up an awesome conversation. The movie started and went on and once the credits were rolling I stood up, shook her hand, told her to have a great day; that smile still radiating. It brought me so much joy.
I want this to be a daily occurrence for me—encouraging others, complimenting them, and letting them know they are appreciated. Who knows where it might lead to and what other conversations could be brought up. I am so looking forward to this and I hope 2018 is a year of positivity that can be spread to all.
Whether you are a resolution or a goal person, I genuinely hope that you can have success in it and that this year can be a powerful one for you!