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Easy Ways to Put More Love Into the World

In honor of Valentine's Day (and the long, murky winter), here are a dozen easy ways to make the world brighter—both the world in general and your own world in particular.

Everyday Acts of Love and Kindness

  1. Use your turn signal. Ah, the things that are common sense but not always common practice.
  2. Let someone into your lane. Even if they don't acknowledge you, smile and say "You're welcome."
  3. Smile and hold doors. This has to be one of the easiest gestures on this list—and the most appreciated.
  4. Don't step on someone's moment. If someone steps on yours, consider the source. It may help you to bite your tongue and let it go.
  5. Meet deadlines without being nagged. Bonus points if you don't even need to be reminded.
  6. Fill the office copy machine before it runs out of paper.
  7. Do what you say you're going to do, when you say you're going to do it. So many people just don't—which means if you do, you'll stand out.
  8. Clean up after yourself in the lunchroom, bathroom, and any other shared space. The same rules that make for good roommates make for good officemates.
  9. Communicate. If you're behind on getting back to someone, send them a quick note letting them know you haven't forgotten them.
  10. Call or text if you're going to be more than five minutes late.
  11. If you have to rebuke, do it gently. The other morning I sent my next-door neighbor a text—something like, "Dude, I can hear your Willie Nelson through my office wall." My neighbor and I know each other well. He turned it down immediately, and later we had a good laugh about it.
  12. Offer to pitch in, even when it's not your job. The higher your level of authority, the more appreciated this act of kindness is.
Notice how these gestures don't take any certain degree, status, pay grade, or permission. They are available to all—but are they practiced by all? Let's do our part to make that a yes.

Don't step on someone's moment.

Gina DeLapa

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Gina DeLapa is America's Ultimate Reminders® Coach, a sought-after speaker, and the proud creator of the Ultimate Reminders® book series. Her wise and witty reminders ("Beware the organization whose response to a burning building is to form a committee") will make you laugh, stir your soul, and inspire your best. If you're not already getting her free Monday-Morning Pep Talk, be sure to sign up now at UltimateReminders.com/mondaymorningpeptalk.