Do Something Nice for Someone Else
(And Don’t Tell Anyone About It)
While many of us frequently do nice things for others, we are almost certain to mention our acts of kindness to someone else, secretly seeking their approval.
When we share our own niceness or generosity with some else, it makes us feel like we are thoughtful people, it reminds us of how nice we are and how deserving we are of kindness.
While all acts of kindness are inherently wonderful, there is something even more magical about doing something thoughtful but mention it to no one, ever. You always feel good when you give to others. Rather than diluting the positive feeling by telling others about your kindness, by keeping it to yourself you get to retain all the positive feelings.
It’s really true that one should give for the sake of giving, not to receive something in return. This is precisely what you are doing when you don’t mention your kindness to others—your rewards are the warm feelings that come from the act of giving. The next time you do something really nice for someone else, keep it to yourself and revel in the abundant joy of giving.
(from “DON’T SWEAT THE SMALL STUFF…” by Richard Carlson)