Sometimes, it does not take much to make a difference, immediately.
Admittedly, making a difference is not usually without effort. In fact, most people would imagine the effort to be huge and they are held back by their inertia.
If you are told that the effort would be so little, would you still hold back?
Actually, there are many little things in life which we can do easily and they can amazingly make some things better or some people happier.
Here are some examples to start you off. You can do one (or more) of these, now!
1. Feel grateful for one thing
One thing, just one thing. That can't be so hard. Pick just one thing a day and feel grateful for it. You will instantly gain some happiness.
Stop brooding on small matters. Many things won't matter 10 years from now.
2. Call someone up
Take out your mobile phone and scroll down your contact list. Look for a friend or a colleague whom you have not connected with for awhile. Press 'call'.
Relationship with another is built over time. One day, you will be glad that you did this.
3. Thank someone
There are always reasons to be thankful to someone. Find that someone and show your appreciation. It does not take long just to say "Thank You for..." but the effect of your gesture will linger long after your words fade off.
4. Help someone
Everyone needs help in one way or another but few will ask for it. Be there for just one person without being asked to. Your help will make his/her day and yours, better.
Don't forget to wear your smile.
5. Appreciate yourself
Ironically, we can get quite harsh on ourselves. Don't.
Find one thing you have done well and give yourself a pat on the shoulder. You are no different from anyone else. A positive stroke will always bring you a little extra mileage.
In case you are unaware, there are lots of good stuff you have done. When you get too critical with yourself, they evaporate.
6. Do something 'green'
Green is not a color but an attitude.
You can use a little less water and energy. You can walk more and eat less. You can reuse and recycle. You can do a long list of simple things and help the Earth. After all, it is the only one we have.
Do not dismiss the above gestures as insignificant or useless. Hold your judgment and start acting. Do it today and everyday and see your action turning into a habit.
Your new habit will propel you to do greater stuff and the rest, as they always say, will be history.
"Appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well."