Hurricanes. Wall Street. Recession. Is there any good news? Yes, of course there is. Good stuff happens all the time but we hardly ever hear about it.
Happily, however, a movement is afoot to change this by celebrating and enabling goodness in our world using social media. I'm not kidding.
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Several sites designed to help people focus on the positive, pay it forward, and simply share a smile are becoming very popular.
, a familiar social media platform is used for a new purpose: to inspire people to make the world a better place. Designed like Twitter, The Smile Exchange allows “traders” to share the little things that make their day and vote for their favorite entries.
Be Nice (or Else!) at www.beniceorelse.com
is run by Winn Claybaugh, who believes learning how to be nice is the most important skill you must obtain, saying: “When you start being nice, everyone wins!”
There’s also www.KarmaTube.com
, a collection of inspiring videos accompanied by simple actions that every viewer can take. The site chooses videos of the week and sends them to subscribers. It invites you to become involved by suggesting videos, writing content, creating their own videos, or simply spreading the word.
And at www.daymaker.org
, visitors are encouraged to get out of the same old routine and live life a little differently – becoming a “Day Maker” for someone else. That may involve paying for a stranger’s cup of coffee, calling a long-lost friend, or visiting someone in a nursing home.
Did you know that smiling is good for your health? British researchers found that one smile can provide the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 chocolate bars. Smiling also has therapeutic effects such as reduced stress hormone levels, increased health and mood-enhancing hormone levels, and lowered blood pressure.
I see people freely sharing information and ideas online, connecting with friends, following trends and building their careers – and I believe they’ll surely do this to attract more happiness into their lives and improve the world. We know that the more focused you are on happiness, the more you will attract it into your own life. Keep smiling!