As a society, we tend to think only about ourselves: what we need, what we want, how something will impact us, etc. It's not always a bad thing - sometimes we all need to be a little selfish. We need to take care of ourselves. But we should also take care of others.
Today, I challenge you to Make Someone Happy. If you don't know how, or you run out of ideas, try some of these:
- Say "I Love You" to someone special
- Smile at someone
- Hold the door for someone at the store
- Volunteer somewhere that needs help
- Call (actually call, not text or Facebook) to ask how someone is doing
- Really listen to someone who is talking to you
- Give someone a compliment
- Spend quality time with someone
- Offer positive encouragement to someone in need of it
- Say hello to a stranger
- Give change to a homeless person (more than just pocket change, if you can afford it)
- Take someone to lunch or buy them a coffee
- Do a favor for someone, without expecting something in return.
The world is full of people who need a smile - and it's so easy to give them one! Be creative! Be kind! Be caring!
Check out some of the items we have at the library about happiness:
"The Art of Happiness at Work", by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler
"The 100 Simple Secrets of Happy Families", by David Niven
"Glad No Matter What: Transforming Loss and Change Into Gift and Opportunity", by Sark
"Positive Living Skills: Joy and Focus for Everyone", by Terry Orlick
"If You're Happy and You Know It: Jungle Edition", by James Warhola
"The Art of Happiness in a Troubled World", by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler
"Augustus and His Smile", by Catherine Rayner
"Have You Filled a Bucket Today: a Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids", by Carol McCloud
"Happier at Home", by Gretchen Rubin
"Happy for No Reason: 7 Steps to Being Happy From the Inside Out", by Marci Shimoff
"The Book of Awesome", by Neil Pasricha
"Stumbling Into Happiness", by Daniel Gilbert
And if none of those work, you can't go wrong with cute baby faces! Check out
"Baby Faces: a Book of Happy, Silly, Funny Faces", by Kate Merritt
Today is also "If Pets Had Thumbs Day" ... what would that be like?
Here are some interesting things that happened on This Day in History:
- Alexander Graham Bell was born in 1847
- The first recorded hockey game took place in Montreal in 1875
- Anne Sullivan began teaching blind/deaf/mute Helen Keller in 1887
- Toronto's Dr. Banting and Dr. Best announced the discover of insulin in 1921
- John Dillinger broke out of jail using a wooden pistol in 1934
- The first combat flight for Canada's "Avro Lancaster" took place in 1942
- Lou Costello, of Abbott & Costello, died in 1959
- Apollo 9 was launched by NASA to test a lunar module in 1969
- Women Against Pornography awarded its "Pig Award" to Huggies Diapers in 1985, claiming the TV ads for diapers had "crossed the line between eye-catching and porn".
Make something memorable happen today, and next year it could be "on this day in history" ...
Stay tuned for our next "On This Day in History". Don't forget, I challenge you to make someone happy today!