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Be Somebody Who Makes Everybody Feel Like A Somebody

February 6, 2015
Be Somebody Who Makes Everybody Feel Like A Somebody

Happy Friday! I just wanted to share this quote because I’ve seen this more than once and it’s always resonated with me. (Kid President popped up when I googled the source, so he’s a pretty cool kid if he is indeed.)

You know that woman who looks beyond stressed behind you in line at the grocery store? Or your elderly neighbor you only catch a glimpse of when they’re collecting their mail? Take a minute to say hello to them, or happy Friday, or just smile! We’re all busy, but it’s equally rewarding for you to make someone else feel special by simply acknowledging them, complimenting them, or starting up small talk, as it is for them.  Think about when something like a simple “hey” or an “I like your dress” turned your otherwise crappy day around.

This is something I’ve been working on over the last few years. I’m easily affected by seeing others who seem lonely and worry about people who may not feel as loved as they should. It doesn’t mean I try to become best friends with these individuals, but I firmly believe that a small gesture is worth twice its weight in gold. You never know what someone else is going through and how much of a difference you might really make for them.

I chat with my coworker who has a bit of a language barrier and is super shy because she came over from Russia in her adult years. In doing so, I found out she loves cats just as much as I do and obtained two degrees when she got here because education is extremely important to her and her college credits weren’t worth anything in the US. She’s pretty funny too and now when I see her in the hall, it brings a smile to both of our faces.

Without some small talk, we wouldn’t get to hear all the wonderful stories and experiences others have to share. It makes you more well-rounded and makes them feel like somebody pretty special too. Plus, you might end up with you making some pretty great friends in unexpected places and it only costs a minute or two of your time.

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How are you somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody?

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  • I loved this post Jaclyn! It’s so true that it’s often the littlest thing that make the biggest difference in our day. And you know what? It feels damned great to be someone who brings happiness to other people. Maybe that sounds bad, but joy truly is contagious. So spread it around and it always ends up coming back to you. It’s always worth it.

    Have a happy weekend!

    x Kathryn
    Through the Thicket

    • Thanks, Kathryn! It’s often more rewarding for me too, than the receiving end. 🙂 Have a great week!

  • rae

    I think it is always so important to make connections with people, even if they are small connections. Like that ritual hello to the woman at the local grocery store, or the smile to the neighbour. In Germany unfortunately this is not really practiced.

    Rae | love from berlin

    • That’s sad to hear, but every culture is different. Maybe you can get it started more. 🙂

  • This is a great post and something I totally believe in! Nothing makes me feel better than feeling like I brightened someone else’s day a little bit. I’m just like you and and get easily bothered when I think people are upset or sad. I always want to help and it’s true that even the smallest of gestures can make a huge difference! You just never know what someone might be going through and it’s so important to be mindful of that and look out for one another.

    • It’s nice to hear you feel that way too! I hope you have a great week. 🙂

  • Kate Byy

    Hello Dear ! This post is great! 🙂 You have an amazing blog ! 🙂

    Maybe we can follow each other ? 🙂

    http://kasjaa.blogspot.com/

  • What a beautiful post, how I could relate to it! “I’m easily affected by seeing others who seem lonely and worry about people who may not feel as loved as they should” – I’m wholeheartedly with you on this. Just smiling makes a world of a difference! Thanks for writing and sharing this.

    • Thank you! I’m glad you can relate. 🙂

  • what a great post. thanks for sharing!

  • Over the summer, a friend studying in Wales came to visit me in China. We were spending the day together and decided to go out to buy ingredients for stuff we wanted to bake. On our way there, we passed by a few people, some who were my neighbors. My neighbor happily greeted them and then nudged me to greet them too. I’ve never interacted with my neighbors before, which is really sad now that I think about it. And then there is my friend, who was there for just a day, and being so friendly towards them! Towards my own neighbors! That really stuck with me, so I’ve been trying to greet people in college (and in life in general) instead of looking down at my feet to avoid social situations. -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    • It’s easy to not think of those things, but it’s great that you decided to adapt the habit and do it yourself now! Years ago, there were times where I was like a horse with blinders, but over time, I started keeping my head up and smiling more too. 🙂

  • Absolutely love this post & love your outlook. We seriously need more kind gestures in the world & it is so amazing how one kind word and brighten someone’s day. Thanks for sharing xx

    • Thank you, Jess! Have a great week. 🙂

  • I love this! It’s so true, a simple “hello” or a smile can really brighten someone’s day. There was a really shy girl at my old work that didn’t really talk, but I would still try and talk to her every day. She eventually started to loosen up and she was really fun! I’m so glad I kept saying hello to her 🙂

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

    • That’s awesome, Jessica! Sometimes people just need a little nudge to shine and you were able to bring that out in her. I’m sure she was grateful too. 🙂

  • louie.and.coco

    Thank you so much for this inspiring thoughts, a simple smile and a hello come sometimes go a long way! We wanted to say we enjoy very much your posts so we nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award. Here is our post: http://louieandcoco.blogspot.com.ar/2015/02/the-versatile-blogger-award.html

    • Thank you so much for the nomination! That’s very sweet! 🙂