On my way to work this morning, I was thinking about the Buddhist thought that life is suffering and we are here to alleviate each other’s suffering. When I examined this idea, I realized that our days are filled with suffering, from tiny annoyances, such as being in a hurry yet getting caught behind a very slow driver, to the very big things, such as losing a loved one.
As I continued mulling this over, I understood—yet again!—how important it is to notice the “good stuff” that we encounter each day so that we can balance out our daily difficulties.
What I mean is noticing and doing simple things such as smiling.
This is good not only for strangers and others we know but scientists have shown how the simple act of curving our mouths upward stimulates nerves which increases endorphin production which then leads to an improved attitude and outlook for us!
Another simple action is behaving in a pleasant manner.
As part of my job, I often have to make calls to the company’s customers and distributors. As I was doing this task today, I noticed people on the other end of the call greeted me either pleasantly or curtly. Granted, the people who were brusque may have been having a difficult day, but I made a lot of calls and the odds are that a few of the friendly people were also experiencing problems.
The results of my interaction with the two types of people were the same, however, the interaction left me feeling lighter. As a result, petty annoyances and frustrations didn’t get to me; my cheer rubbed off on my colleagues. The Ripple Effect in motion!
What simple actions can you take to counter-balance the “slings and arrows” in your life? Please share in the comments below. Thanks!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,