23 November 2015
Do you want to spend time with someone who constantly moans and sees the downside? Or do you gravitate toward those who lift your spirits, highlighting the silver lining?
Right now, we live in a world filled with fear, negativity and upset. Whilst we can’t necessarily fix the problems in the world, and I don’t profess to have the answers, I believe that we can help to make the world a nicer place, day to day.
Invariably, watching the news is enough to make everyone feel low. I believe it is our job to lift others, to lift the mood of the country.
I have said it before; we should never underestimate the value of a smile. Smiling at a stranger, offering your seat on the train, thanking the cashier and wishing them well, or paying someone a simple compliment may seem like a small gesture to you, but it could transform someone’s day.
The same applies when running a business. How can you feed back to your team without being negative? Look for the positive: what have they done well? Who from the team can use praise and set as the example for the rest of the team, rather than singling out those who aren’t doing so well?
There are always positives to come from a negative situation. Sometimes they may be the smallest light in the darkest day, but wouldn’t a small positive in a negative day make you feel better?
At the end of the day, we rise by lifting others, in the same way that we can bring those around us down.
Is there a simple way that you can bring some light to a dark day?