This article is from Right at Home. It sparked my interest so I wanted to share it here.
Question 1: What’s the big deal?
As in, what’s really important? This one is all about looking at the big picture, prioritizing and learning to let go of what you don’t need (physically and emotionally) so you can focus on what matters most.
Put it in perspective.
Think about what’s on your short list of big-deal things—perhaps your health or spending time with your family—and keep this list in your mind at all times. And then before you react to any situation ask yourself how important it is in relation to your big-deal list.
Pinpoint and streamline.
Once you’re focused on what the big-deal things are, you’ll likely start to recognize which areas are repeatedly causing the most excess stress and distracting you from more important matters. From there, take it one item at a time and start thinking about strategies for cutting out these things or cutting back.
Question 2: What’s inside?
Ingredients are important. Would you serve a cake made with eggs that passed their expiration? Likely not. But have you ever wondered if the companies who make the products you bring home have the same standards? How can you be sure the products you use aren’t harmful to your home, the environment or even your family?
Know what to look for.
When it comes to food, most of us already know we should be aware of our fat, sugar and sodium intake. (Are you?). But what about the other ingredients—the ones you might not recognize?
Do some research.
Aside from foods (especially processed foods), cosmetics and cleaners are areas we recommend taking a closer look at. Check out the “learning more about what’s inside” sidebar on the right of the page for a few sites that offer valuable information on knowing your products better and how to read these labels, etc.
Buy from companies you trust.
Another good idea is to seek out the companies and brands whose values and practices match up with your own.
To figure this out, start by paying close attention to the way companies communicate. Look at their advertisements, on their websites, in the news—and ask yourself: what are they really saying here? And what is this company doing that’s good for me, my home and my family? How is this company different from its competitors?
Question 3: What can I do?
We all get into situations where we can use a helping hand. But how often does someone offer? Asking yourself this question will put you on the road to making these small efforts, which can largely impact someone’s day—and work wonders on everyone’s spirit.
Acknowledge what you’re capable of.
It starts by just keeping your head up and tuning in to what’s going on around you. (Go ahead, make eye contact). And instead of waiting to be asked or walking away (you’re busy, after all), ask yourself first: could this person use a hand? Do I have a minute to spare? Is there something I can do?
Put on someone else’s shoes.
It sounds simple, but it might take some practice for you to start looking at situations from another’s perspective. For example, imagine how you would feel if you were the cashier whose register has just frozen and is now holding up the line. Lending a smile—a look of understanding—could offer a tremendous relief. These kinds of little things, like offering directions to someone looking lost or holding open a door, can make a big impact on someone’s day.
Do good and feel good.
Once you start thinking about small gestures you can offer in certain situations, this kind of thoughtfulness will become more habitual. And you might very well find that going slightly out of your way to help a neighbor or fellow commuter puts an upswing in your mood as well. And in the end, the good deed might very well come back to you—perhaps when you need it most.