In the past couple of days, I’ve been going back and forth through emails with a friend of mine from back home in Maine. Maine is where I grew up and lived for the first 18+ years of my life before I went to college in Florida. After college, I moved back to Maine for a few years, before moving back to Florida for a bit and now to Kentucky. With all that moving, sometimes it has been hard to keep in touch with all the people that I was close with while growing up and while in school. There are a few friends, though, that no matter how long goes between conversations and chances to see each other, that we’re always able to pick up where we left off and check in on each other.
It was one of these friends that I’ve been chatting with. She’s been having a kind of rough month and I was checking in to see if there was anything that I could do for her. The one thing she mentioned? That she wished we were all close enough to get together for our high school “tradition”. Back when we were in school, any time any of us girls were upset about something (a boy, a test, family, whatever), we always went to this one diner-type of place and ordered a big plate of fries to share – and sometimes cheese sticks or other items, too. Afterward, we’d always head back to one of our houses to watch our go-to movie, Grease. A silly little tradition, but everyone always felt better after!
In talking with her, it made me think about – and realize – that sometimes it’s the smallest things that you can do to share happiness with those around you. Fries and old, cheesy movie? Simple and inexpensive. I then started to think about what else I could be doing for those around me to share happiness – whether it’s a small, free or inexpensive gesture or maybe something even larger if the situation warrants. Maybe it’s sending flowers to a friend or family member that really needs a pick me up. Or remembering a day that’s important to someone, good or bad, and taking a moment to write them a note sharing your encouragement or understanding. Maybe it’s just calling your server at the restaurant by their name and saying thank you when they stop by the table. All of these are little gestures that can make someone’s day a little brighter.
What about you? What ways do you share happiness with those around you? And if you’ve ever had anyone share happiness with you in a special way, I’d love to hear about that, too!