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Being nice

Saturday, May 15, 2010

In my quest to learn more about myself I've been reading "enlightening" books. I recently read most of a book about how giving to other people makes a person happier. In the book were many examples of how we can give to people - we can give them tangible things, like food and clothing; we can give them services, like serving food or helping them read. We can also give them things like a smile, our time, and a positive attitude. I tend to be an optimist in almost every situation and I've been making an effort to be nice to people, give out more compliments, and be positive.
Karma? Perhaps. This morning the electrician came out to look at one of our heaters - they are the old ceramic heaters that store heat; they are not used much anymore, and there are not many people who come look at them. Well, any homeowner knows that service calls are usually pretty expensive. Today I was preparing myself to write the $80 check for the call and another check for parts. After the electrician finished looking at the heater and explaining everything to me, he said "I was in the area doing some stuff anyway. Since you're such a good customer, I'm not going to charge you for today." What a great way to start out my weekend!
Maybe it's because I wrote out a bunch of thank you notes today for people who helped with my musical. Maybe it's because I made sure to thank the parents for coming to the musical and supporting their kids. Maybe it's because I was friendly in the doctor's office yesterday even after having to wait (I took the time to check out my calendar for more personal training sessions).
It just seems like ever since I've been giving out compliments, thanking people, and being more positive, good things have been happening.

Today is day 8 of the No Baked Goods/No Candy Challenge. I am SOOOO close! I have gotten some great ideas to continue/add on to the challenge for the next 10 days. The next 10 days start on Tuesday.

I will be heading down to visit my mom in a bit - it's the last symphony night of the season. We are going to do some shopping this afternoon, and we're going to give the puppy a bath.

Today I will:
Drink lots of water.
Keep the positive attitude going (who knows what *else* will happen!).
Make good eating choices today (lunch and dinner and tomorrow's breakfast are all going to be out of the house).

It's a beautiful day!

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    The title to your blog caught me.. That is very nice of him to not charge you for the call and a great way to start out the week.

    I was just told I was too nice and that is why I am being walked all over. Where is that fine line?
    2395 days ago
  • ROGUE_1
    Have you ever read The Secret?? It was hard for me to get through, but it's basic premise is that whatever energy you put out into the world will come back to you. So for example, here you are being kind, thankful, and doing nice things, and in turn nice things came your way. Seems like your situation is a great example of this.

    Great job on 8 days of no baked goods! Awesome will power!
    2396 days ago
    Carrie-what a smart girl you are! I needed this today. I have been feeling kind of down and dealing with frustrating health issues and I think it is affecting everyone around me. Today I am changing that. Thanks! There will be a smile on my face today, tonight and tomorrow. Anne
    2396 days ago
    This is a wonderful blog. I really agree with you that doing good things for others, even smiling more, creates health. In you, me, everyone.
    And, unfortunately, vice versa.
    Fortunately, we can choose!
    YOU are certainly an inspiration to ME!
    2397 days ago
    Paying forward is an admirable trait, and does help both the giver and the receiver.
    2397 days ago
    I love the idea of karma as well, even when things happen that I don't understand. Sounds like a great start to the weekend. Enjoy your visit with your mom.
    2397 days ago
  • TMAC10
    im always a firm believer of karma :) glad its working out for you!
    2397 days ago
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