Let’s face it. This world can be a pretty dark and depressing place. With bad news plastered across media headlines, negative reactions and stress-inducing speculations and accusations catapulting back and forth on Twitter and Facebook, not to mention the anxieties that come with living in this hustling, fast-paced society of ours, it’s little wonder so many of us often feel dispirited and, frankly, less than optimistic about humanity’s future.
That’s why, in my opinion, Emily Coxhead’s delightful new book Make Someone Happy is so important. It’s a much-needed reminder that there is, in fact, good in this world, and joyful moments every day that we’re often too distracted or rushed to notice. It also elevates us from our passive role as Discouraged Observer of Earth’s swirling darkness to Dynamic Doer, responsible for shining our light into the shadows and making the world a brighter place, one kind gesture at a time.
Make Someone Happy is a creative journal whose pages are filled with introspective entries and uplifting prompts, as well as clever care package ideas, personal wellness check-ins, and delightful coloring pages.
Here are a few of my favorite things from the book:
Don’t Forget to Take Care of You
It’s true that we’re capable of caring for others when we’re not feeling so hot (our own mothers are great examples!), but I think we all do a much better job of extending kindness and showing compassion when we are feeling well, not just physically, but mentally and emotionally too. Ms. Coxhead agrees and has included this checklist at the start of the book to ensure we’re looking after ourselves.
Throughout the book, there are several pages like this that encourage us to leave cheerful notes for friends, family, and even perfect strangers. Some note boxes are already filled in, and others are up for us to create! The author also suggests places we can leave them, such as in a library book, a taxi, or restroom mirrors.
How great is the quote below? I especially love the last line:
“We should hold on to them like fairy dust and keep them the safest…because they don’t happen very often and they’re absolutely golden!”
Times for Celebration
It’s important to pause and take note of what we’ve accomplished in our day, even if it seems trivial in the grand scheme of things. The truth is, the little things add up to big things, so we shouldn’t discount them!
Because we’ll enjoy looking back on stuff like this and sharing it with others! I just googled “useless facts” and found out that:
- Most American car horns honk in the key of F.
- The name Wendy was made up for the book “Peter Pan.”
- Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.
- Every time you lick a stamp, you consume 1/10 of a calorie.
- The average person falls asleep in seven minutes.
You’re welcome! 😉
When’s the last time you sent someone a box full of goodies? (besides Christmas!) It may seem silly, but imagine how happy you’d be if you received, say, a box of pens, books, and coffee? I, for one, would be on Cloud Nine! It might not erase a person’s problems, but it will let them know you care, and that’s a powerful thing.
I love this idea because inevitably there will be days when we feel lower than dirt and like we have absolutely nothing to offer. Jotting down compliments that come our way is a preemptive attack on those nasty, “blah,” Eeyore days. All we have to do when we’re feeling down is peek at this list and be reminded of our awesomeness.
Simple Kindness Tips
It doesn’t have to cost any money, or much time, to be kind to someone or lift them up. Throughout the book, Ms. Coxhead shares wonderful ideas anyone can use to make someone’s day. We really have no excuse!
I give this marvelous brilliant sunbeam of a book a glowing five stars! You can find it on Amazon here!
“This book is a reminder that kindness still exists in abundance, that there are strangers helping strangers every single day in all corners of the planet, and you and I can be a part of that.” Emily Coxhead