- Bake a treat or make a meal for someone as a surprise (a co-worker made a batch of macaroons - just for me - and left them on my desk in a nice container on Friday. It made me feel SO special! This is a great way to contribute, and the actual process of baking is a great way to distract as well.)
- Carry grocery bags into the house for an elderly person
- Donate unused clothes or household items to a thrift shop that helps people in the community
- Volunteer to help a coworker if your work load is a little lighter and he or she is overwhelmed
- Give someone fresh flowers
- Offer to clean up even if it's not your turn
Taking our minds off of our own problems and worries - especially when nothing can immediately be done to resolve our issues - is a great way to get outside of our heads and help someone else out. Inevitably, we feel better, too!
What are some ways that you can brighten someone else's day this week while also helping to improve your mood?
Have you done something to help someone else and noticed that in doing so you escaped some of your own pain for a little bit?
Thanks for reading.