Today: Six tips for good deeds that take less than five minutes.
"Do good, feel good" is one of the great truths of happiness -- but you may be thinking, "Sure, good deeds would make me happy, but I barely have time to get through the essentials of my day. I don't have time to do any good deeds!"
Wrong. Here are some ways that you can help other people-and make yourself feel great, at the same time-in under five minutes.
1. Be friendly. I've decided that there are five degrees of social interactions with strangers: hostile, rude, neutral, polite, and friendly. I find it very difficult to be downright friendly to strangers, but I always find myself energized and cheered by a friendly interaction. It only takes an extra minute to exchange a few pleasant words, but it makes a real difference.
2. Say "yes." If you can, and if you should, say "yes."
3. Say "no." My sister, who is a TV-writer in Hollywood, once told me, "'Yes' comes right away; 'no' never comes." Meaning,Read More »from Do something nice: 6 tips for good deeds that take less than five minutes.