For my first post of 2016, I wanted to introduce a series on my blog called “Inner Beauty”. Now, I know that I am no pioneer, and I won’t be the first (or last) blogger to do this type of thing, but, in my opinion, there can never be enough positivity in the world, and that is what this series is focused on: positivity, good acts, and personal growth and wellness, in mind, body, and soul. I’m no guru, nor am I a life coach, but after battling with depression and anxiety for over a decade, I have found what works for me in my life, and I want to share that with you.
You know that saying “bad things happen to good people”? I don’t buy it. What you put into the universe is returned to you ten-fold. Sure, shit happens. We all have bad days, we all slip on ice and scrape our knees, and we all lose loved ones (everyone IS mortal, after all). However, if you live your life in a way that is consistently good, the universe will reward you. Be good to others. Share what you have with those who have less. Make ethical choices that reflect your values. Even simple things, like letting someone go at a tricky traffic intersections or dropping your change in the Riley can at the gas station, can drastically improve your life.
I find that the more I give, the more I receive. I am not just talking monetarily, either, because I have student loans just like everyone else. In philanthropy they talk about the Three T’s: time, talent, and treasure. Giving your time and abilities is sometimes even more impactful than giving money. Make an effort to do good for others, even in small ways. Be kind. Say thank you to your barista. Offer to help an elderly person to their car. See if there are any volunteer opportunities in your area.
It all comes down to this; what you put into the universe will affect what the universe returns to you. And I’ll also let you in on a little secret… You will be happier too! There is very little that makes me feel happier than knowing I helped someone or made someone happy. And when you are happy, people want to be around you and share in your positive energy. Happy, good people attract positive things, while negative, mean-spirited people attract negative things. Making a conscious effort to do good and put good energy and vibes back into the universe will be rewarded.
So try it, what’s the worst that could happen? You’ll be happier, the world will be a better place, and I can promise you that you will find your life improved in ways you could never imagine. Do good for yourself. Do good for others. Do good for the world. You will reap the rewards!