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Look for the good

Your mission, if you choose to accept it today, is to look for helpful people.

Look for the courteous, the patient, the generous.

Look for those who make others smile.
Look for the encouragers.
Look for those who show kindness.
Look for those who help set a good example for others to follow.

Don’t focus on a lack of any of these things. Of course negativity exists. Nor is it a challenge to find. That’s not the point.

Just focus on finding the above positive things — as you might if you were on a scavenger hunt.

Look for the good.

If you discover something you don’t like, either take action to fix it (if you can) or simply acknowledge it and move on. Let it go.

Today’s mission is about finding the good stuff that often goes unnoticed.

Look for it.
Find it.
Remember it.
Be happy it exists.

And make more of it if you so choose.

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If you like it, encourage it.

Always remember that your actions help influence whether there is more or less of something in the world.

The reason why bad news, people acting badly, and superficial pop culture is so popular is because people give their attention to it. This, in turn, creates more of exactly the sorts of things people say they don’t want.

This is why it is so important to encourage those who are doing the sorts of things you would like to see more of.

If you like it, encourage it. If you admire it, say so. If you appreciate it, express it.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a friend, a family member, a stranger on the street, or someone you cross paths with online, everyone can always use a little encouragement and positive feedback. Your recognition of the things you appreciate helps to prolong those things and ensure their future existence. Ten seconds of your time is all it takes (although thirty or more is more meaningful).

In a world of takers, be someone who gives back.

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Originally published on: Oct 20, 2014

If you rock. Thank you.

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If you go out of your way to be friendly and nice to people, for no reason other than it just feels good or like the right thing to do, THANK YOU.

Even if and when it means people don’t always see or appreciate it, THANK YOU.

Even if your desire to help others or make them more comfortable sometimes gets you into trouble, THANK YOU.

Even if what you did was “no trouble” or “the easiest thing to do” or “any decent human being would have done it” , THANK YOU.

Even if you do these things without the need for acknowledgment, THANK YOU.

Because if you’ve done these things, you’ve touched many lives, including my own – directly or indirectly – and you deserve to be thanked whether you think you do or not.

So THANK YOU.

And please carry on doing what you do, like I know you will, whether I tell you to or not.

You rock. THANK YOU.

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Here’s to the content creators

When was the last time you got something of value for free on the Internet?

Your mission, if you choose to accept it today, is to give thanks or show appreciation to the person, people, or company that provides (or provided) something you enjoy.

Be it an article, blog post, recipe, photograph, work of art, piece of music, podcast, comic, your favorite artist or musician or website or whatever — take 2 minutes to go give thanks or appreciation to a content creator.

(Not the person, site, or company that shared the artist’s work, I mean the actual creator. The musician, the photographer, the artist, the writer, the company… The thing you appreciate originated from somewhere. Where? Who created it?)

In a world that wants everything for free, content creators often go undervalued and unappreciated.

Take the 2 minutes to write a sincere email or leave a comment for someone. Even if you don’t expect it will ever be read.

Chances are it will, and even it isn’t read by the person it was intended for, it sets a good example.

But above all, you’ll feel good about showing appreciation.

And if it’s not already something you do regularly, you might just find that you enjoy it so much that you want to make a habit of it.

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Be a bright spot in someone’s day.

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It is so easy to be a bright spot in someone’s day.

If it wasn’t on your to do list, why don’t you go ahead and add it.

Be someone’s reason to smile today.

And if you like it, be someone’s reason to smile every day.

You never know, you might just turn into a bright spot in someone’s life. :)

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Acknowledging positive influences

Your mission, if you choose to accept it today, is to think of someone who has influenced you in a positive way and then take the time to tell them.

Whether they set a good example, or inspired you, motivated you, offered you support when you needed it, encouraged you, made you laugh, or were simply kind to you, if you respect and admire that person, let them know — and be specific.

“I really admire you.” is nice.

“I really admire you because…” is even nicer.

And if you can’t think of someone — or can’t get in touch with that someone — then BE that someone for someone today.

Be the person that others admire.

Lend a hand. Offer a word of encouragement. Be kind. Set the example you’d like to see.

But don’t do it because you expect anything in return. Just do it because it feels good.

That’s your mission today.

And if you like it, every day.

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Your mission, if you choose to accept it…

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to find an opportunity to give someone *sincere*, positive praise today.

Or tell someone’s boss or manager that the person who helped you (or others) is doing a great job.

Or write a positive review for a product or establishment that you appreciate.

Accentuate the positive.

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They’ll never know it if you never show it

Please support your favorite content providers.

Just a reminder that the people who create pages and content that you like will never know it if you never show it.

It seems a shame not to show your support or say “thank you” when it is as easy as clicking a button, leaving a comment, or sharing something.

If you simply consume “free” content — that someone put time into finding or creating for you — and you never show appreciation, express encouragement, or provide feedback, there is a greater chance that your content provider will eventually disappear for lack of support.

And while there will always be more free content on the ever-hungry Internet, many people, pages, and blogs are not given the chance they deserve to truly shine because content consumers take them for granted.

Many people, pages, and blogs who want to attract a larger audience without spending a fortune on advertising, resorting to annoying self-promotion, or who aren’t directly connected to someone willing to promote them, can only do so effectively with your help.

All of the pages, blogs, and even commercial sites that haven’t reached the tipping point appreciate your support much more than you probably imagine.

They’ll never know it if you never show it.

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Share and Tell Wednesday

You may never know who your actions, words, or creations inspire…

Once upon a time, I used to post things and judge their value by likes and shares. And if something didn’t get many of either, I’d think, “Oh well.”

Then one day I posted something that barely made a blip. But instead of likes or shares, I received an email that said:

“Thank you. I really needed that today.”

And so it has happened in a similar fashion — via email or comments — a number of times since then.

And that’s how I discovered the real value in connecting with people. And it has much less to do with likes and shares than it does with creating meaningful moments in others’ lives, even if only one at a time.

With that in mind, let me offer two thoughts for your consideration:

1. You may never know who your actions, words, or creations inspire, but those who appreciate these things you offer to the world are out there, even if they are not always visible to you.

For every person who takes the time to acknowledge the value in what you have to offer, there will always be others who won’t. The lack of acknowledgement does not make what you offer any less valuable — especially if you already believe in and see the value in it (and it is important that you do).

2. Never hesitate to express thanks — or send a kind word — to those who touch you in a meaningful way — be it through their actions, words, or works of art.

Because you also never know how your own gratitude becomes the fuel that touches and inspires those who touch and inspire you.

If you’re reading this, you have my thanks. It is a pleasure to connect with you, whether we do it often — or make a show of it — or not.

THANK YOU.

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