Life is short but your nails don’t have to be. (Unless you’re a musician…then you get a pass.) Anyway, my point is that while you are alive, you should do your part to help make the world suck slightly less.🤓
Here are some fresh ways you can creatively increase your vibe and the vibes around you:
1. LIT TALKING
Let me introduce you to the concept of LIT TALKING. You may have guessed that it is precisely the opposite of sh*t talking.
LIT Talking refers to the concept of talking mad GOOD about someone behind their back. For example:
“OMG DID YOU SEE WHAT SHE WAS WEARING??…It was completely AWESOME, UNIQUE AND BOLD.”
Feel free to choose from a list of other encouraging power adjectives:
Instead of choosing to be shallow and judgmental, you can always choose to be compassionate and kind. I promise that you will feel proud of your newfound ability to outwardly express higher levels of empathy and emotional intelligence.
2. Complimenting the skills of your barista’s latte art
I have a beautiful leaf design in my Stone Creek Boston Latte, and my day is slightly better now after discovering my car got towed.
THANKS, LUKE!! YOU DA REAL MVP!!!
It’s funny how often we take the little things for granted without even realizing it. Pay attention to the small details, appreciate them, and acknowledge them.
3. Being well tempered around government employees
Even after 10+ years in customer service (started working at McDonald’s at age 14, then Costco cashiering, then eyewear sales) my hat still goes off to our friends at the DMV, or more recently for me, the Milwaukee tow lot. Nobody likes going to these places, so the employees are so used to dealing with disgruntled people who are angry before they walk in the door. You will brighten up their whole day by simply being the happy person in a sea of impatient, borderline delinquents.😅
4. Letting people merge on the interstate
Or just all around not driving like an a**hole. You’re already late. You might as well call the person, tell them you’re going to be 20 minutes late, and proceed to turn up the music and car jam as you sit idly in traffic. Ya can’t change it, so find the best way to embrace it. Plus, the surrounding vehicles may be entertained by your car dance moves.
Additional tip: I don’t block intersections, and I share the road with other drivers because I don’t suck.
5. Smiling at people as you walk passed them
Especially if you are walking past another stylish lady. Even if it’s just a small, friendly closed lip smile, it is so refreshing to exchange positive energy and basic human acknowledgment with other people of the world. Extra points for giving a compliment! One of my favorite Jim Carey quotes is, “The effect you have on other people is the most valuable currency you have to offer.” This couldn’t be more true. 🙌 Here’s a reminder to choose compassion and empathy over judgment and jealousy.
Do you have another tip for being unconventionally kind? Drop it in the comments section below! Read next, 5 Secrets to Staying Positive.