we are all born receptive to love, kindness and hope..as we grow up, we encounter the less hopeful, more challenging aspects of being human, including discovering that the things humans do at times can be hateful, calculating and unkind..although this can turn us cynical or leave us feeling helpless, human beings are just as capable of the most incredible, amazing and wonderful kindness and love..if you're feeling a little jaded about where humanity is headed, here are some active ways to restore your faith..
spend time with
children.. if you don't have children in your life regularly, you're missing out on the wonders of seeing the world through new, inquisitive and creative eyes..Children are less prone to willful blindness or inability to see injustices and problems..just by being around children more, and really listening to them and paying attention to what they do, you can start to uncurl from your crusty shell of cynicism and let yourself become more childlike, playful and creative..
ask people to tell you
about the happiest
moments in their lives..
how often do you ask people to recall the happy memories and what makes them happy now? people love talking about what they care about, what motivates them and what makes them happy and yet it's not always an obvious topic for general
spend time helping
people less fortunate
than you.. a reality check can come in the form of looking at people who are experiencing things 10 times or 100 times worse than you are and yet manage to meet each day with passion and positivity, believing that being alive is its own reward..you can help them, but they can just as much help you..
think about the things
that people do for
which you are
profoundly grateful. if you begin looking for reasons to be grateful, there is a big chance that you'll find them in other people's actions every single day..for example, the driver who kindly lets you into the lane instead of speeding up, the shopper who waves you in front of their place in the queue because you have less items, the fellow applicant who helps you fill out a form you find really challenging or the stranger who notices your tears in public and gently asks you what's wrong..people are good it's just easy to forget..