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IF YOU CAN'T SEE THE SUNSHINE, BE THE SUNSHINE

"If you can't see the sunshine, be the sunshine"

This is one of my all time favourite quotes, one I try to live by and remind myself of every day. I think spreading happiness, positivity and kindness is so so important. I know what it feels like to be around someone every day who is always moody and sends out such bad vibes with just a single look. We all have our bad days but I believe they shouldn't have any influence on how we treat others. 

The other day in work someone told me I was 'a breath of fresh air' and honestly, this was the best compliment ever. I would die happy if I left the legacy of being a breath of fresh air. 

I don't think I would always have been called this. Definitely not back in my secondary school days. It's not that I was a grump or anything, I just kept myself to myself. I didn't make any real effort to be kind to others and I honestly didn't worry too much about how others were feeling, or care about cheering them up. I guess that's just teenagers for you - self obsessed! 

But as I've grown older, spreading positivity and kindness has become more of a priority to me. I empathise with others more, I am more conscious about how others are feeling and I genuinely want to make them smile and make their day a bit brighter, even just for a minute. I thought I would write a little list on how I try to 'be the sunshine'

SMILE AND SAY 'HELLO'

This is a very cliché one but it's probably the most important. Smiling is key. I know when someone smiles at me and says hello, it makes me smile and makes me that little bit happier. It definitely beats pretending not to even see them. I make sure to greet and smile at everyone in work when I see them first in the mornings. Also, just try be more smiley in general. This can be hard, especially when you're having a bad day but if you try to smile and have a happy vibe you usually end up feeling a bit happier too. 

HELP PEOPLE

If you see someone struggling offer them a hand, they will really appreciate it, I know I do when others help me and when I see people helping each other, it gives me the warm fuzzies - sounds so cheesy I know. I just love when people are selfless and thoughtful.

SHARE STORIES AND EXPERIENCES

Be a little personal. Open up about your own life. Let a collegue know about that embarrassing thing that happened to you at the weekend. Go on, it will give them a laugh. Be fun and witty, be carefree, don't hold back, crack a joke and have a laugh even if it's at your own expense. 

COMPLIMENT AND ASK QUESTIONS

Showing an interest in other peoples lives is so important. If they tell you about something they are going to be doing at the weekend, show you remember and ask them about it on Monday. Notice the good things in people and let them know - like that girl who told me I was a breath of fresh air, or another woman in work who told me I had a lovely smile. Those compliments were so touching and they didn't need to tell me. 

There are a million other things you can do to spread some positivity but they are the main ones that spring to mind for me. Be sure to let me know in the comments what you think are good ways to make others smile.

Sinéad x
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