Thoughtfulness. Simple enough; yet not always easy. However, it is the greatest gift you can give; and not just to friends and loved ones on special occasions and holidays, but to everyone, always. And, as you establish yourself as thoughtful to others, they'll go out of their way to please you back.
Thoughtfulness is a habit; internalized, it becomes a way of life, a part of our being. But it does take practice. Where do we start? In our daily life.
Here are some good practice exercises:
Don't wait, "create" opportunities to make life brighter and more enjoyable for those around you. But, how? Simple things. Hold the door open for anyone.
Soon, it's automatic, and even comes with a smile. When a baby in a restaurant is making noise, smile and comment on how cute the baby is.
A thoughtful person is quick to pay a compliment, realizing the value it has beyond the obvious!
A thoughtful person parks further from an entrance, leaving closer spaces for those not as nimble.
You might ask, "Why should I do that?
Nobody will know why I'm doing this."
1. It's the right thing to do, making you feel better about yourself, which enhances self-esteem.
2. By repeating thoughtful acts, they become habitual. Then you'll be doing them naturally.
Not only will you make the world a kinder place to live, but because of the precedent you've set with people, they'll go out of their way to make you happy as well!