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10 Simple Ways to Bring Others Joy

10 Simple Ways to Bring Others Joy

Diplomat, activist and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.” If you strive to live an altruistic lifestyle, you should spend a significant portion of your time committed to the wellbeing of others. 

This commitment doesn’t always have to be a grand gesture, like organizing a fundraiser or volunteering hours on end. Instead, living an altruistic lifestyle simply means bringing joy to others in your life. Whether they’re your closest family or a complete stranger, there are lots of simple ways to bring joy to others every single day. So, we came up with 10.

1. Smile.
One of the easiest ways to bring others joy is simply by smiling at them. When we see others show us a genuine, kind smile, we feel relaxed and energized, and want to smile back. Smiles naturally bring out happiness in us, so why not spread some cheer with your smile?

2. Give a compliment.
When was the last time you received a genuine compliment? When was the last time that compliment was from a stranger? Make an effort to give true compliments to people you come in contact with, whether it’s remarking on someone’s shoes, or applauding their intelligence.

3. Remember your manners.
Sometimes the simplest things we can do to bring others joy is remembering our manners from when we were children. Be sure to say please, thank you, hold doors open, etc. Showing a little manners here and there goes a long way in making others feel valued.

4. Do the dirty work.
If you’ve ever worked with a group of people, you know that sometimes there are those “dirty jobs” which no one wants to do—for instance, the dishes. Bring others joy and show them you care by doing the necessary dirty work with a smile.

5. Help someone out.
Whether it’s your best friend, your neighbor or a total stranger, bring others joy by helping them out. Ask how you can help improve their day; or, look for ways they might need help, but don’t feel comfortable asking. Make a conscious effort to consistently support others in need.

6. Write a thank you note.
Of course, when someone helps you, write a thank you note. Nowadays, genuine, handwritten thank you notes are few and far between. Show someone how much they mean to you by writing, stamping and sending a real, handwritten thank you note.

7. Be kind online.
The Internet in particular can be an especially joyless place. Instead, make an effort to be kind online, and share joyful, inspiring messages with your followers. Avoid negative comments and posts, and choose to flood friends’ feeds with positivity in the world.

8. Spend time with someone.
Many people experience love through quality time with another. Show people in your life how much they mean to you by spending time with them. Whether you take your child to a museum or visit your grandparent, spending time with others is the perfect way to bring them joy.

9. Volunteer your time.
If you truly want to help make an impact on strangers around you, find a cause or organization you care about that you can get involved with. Volunteer your time, talents and energy to help make a difference and bring joy to others in your community.

10. Donate a gift.
Finally, if you have the means, consider donating a financial gift to a nonprofit organization that’s important to you. Financial gifts make a genuine difference for others who need valuable services, so you can be confident that your gift brings joys to those around you.

If you strive to live an altruistic lifestyle, there are lots of ways you can bring joy to others around you. Give some of these a try and look for more ways you can brighten people’s days.

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  • CAPSA is a non-profit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area.

  • YCC Family Crisis Center is a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center provide services 24/7 to victims and their children.

  • Utah Legal Services (ULS) is a nonprofit law office incorporated in 1976 committed to making equal justice a reality by providing free legal help in non-criminal cases to low-income Utahns.

  • South Valley Services is a domestic violence service provider in West Jordan, Utah. We provide safe shelter and supportive services to women, men and their children who have been impacted by domestic violence.

  • Today, the YWCA is Utah’s most comprehensive provider of family violence services; our programs include walk-in services and a crisis line, emergency shelter, transitional housing, children’s programs, and a vast array of supportive services.

  • Established in 1990, Seekhaven assists survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault rebuild their lives. Serving Grand County and Southeastern Utah, Seekhaven provides a wide range of essential services including client advocacy, emergency shelter, and transition assistance.

  • Peace House is dedicated to ending family violence and abuse through education, outreach, support services, and safe housing.

  • New Hope Crisis Center has been serving Box Elder County for 30 years. Our mission is to provide all-inclusive, integrated, victim-centered services to stabilize and support individuals, families, and our community.

  • Founded in 1984, The Center for Women and Children in Crisis has been in continuous operation for 33 years. Our mission is to provide a caring, advocating, safe, and educationally based environment for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

  • Our organization advocates for victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault, and the homeless. Serving people in Sevier, Piute, Millard, Sanpete and Wayne counties of Utah.

  • The DOVE Center is the only area agency providing safe-shelter, crisis intervention, and prevention for clients who have been victimized by violence in their home – whether by a family member or cohabitant – that also serves victims of rape and sexual assault.

  • Founded in 1922, Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake is a non-profit organization that promotes safety, stability and self-sufficiency for low income families and individuals, as well as victims of domestic violence, through effective, efficient legal advocacy and assistance.

  • Canyon Creek Services provides free and confidential services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Iron, Beaver and Garfield Counties.

  • Valley Behavioral Health is a nonprofit network of clinics providing treatment for behavioral conditions, addictions, psychiatric conditions, autism and other chronic health conditions. We treat chronic lifelong conditions as well as temporary conditions triggered by traumatic life events. Our programs are tailored to people of all ages and every social, cultural and economic situation.

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