5 Things You Can Do To Make The World A Little Bit Better Every Day

5 Things You Can Do To Make The World A Little Bit Better Every Day

It's as easy as lending a helping hand.

It seems that almost everyone gets excited when the holiday season comes around. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, there is just something magical in the air that makes people a little bit happier, a little more cheery, and a little more giving. The Salvation Army bell ringers are out, Toys for Tots donations are flowing in, and donations for food pantry's and shelters are racking up. It is as if the holiday season is a light bulb for people to start giving and caring more than they normally do. Everyone loves this time of year because of this and the cheerful hearts that are all around. But what if I told you that this feeling could last all year round? Would you believe me?

Part of this feeling is due to all the kind acts that are happening during this time of year. However, these acts of kindness don't need to begin and end here. Paying it forward is a year round thing and should never be marked by a holiday or time of year. Below I have just a few ways that you can help and simply make the world a better place.

1. Hold the door open for someone.

These days, everyone is in a rush and has somewhere to be. Take the time to wait for that person behind you and hold the door open. It will only take you a few more seconds, maybe a minute. This will not hinder your day, and it will only make the other person's that much better. No one likes when someone is a few inches ahead and leaves the door to slam into your face, or that beautiful cup of coffee you just spent money on.

2. Smile at people when passing them.

Think of all the people you pass as you are on your way to your destination. Hundreds of faces that you pass each day and no nothing about. Instead of putting your head down and sticking your nose in your phone, look up for once and see who is around you. Don't give them that cold blank stare, smile at them! They could be having an awful day and your beautiful smile could turn that around for them.

3. Pay for the drink order behind you at a drive thru.

This is another simple thing that will take almost no effort. If you have enough money on you, ask the cashier what the order behind you is and just add it to whatever you ordered. I know when I am getting coffee in the morning it is what is getting me through the day, and if I didn't pay for it and someone else did, my heart just becomes filled with happiness. It is such a simple thing but can mean the world to others.

4. Pay for the toll behind you on the highway.

This one is a little more difficult with all the ezpass' and other forms of payment, but if you are paying the toll with cash, just through in the extra for the person behind you! They will be so surprised and you can feel good knowing that you just helped someone else.

5. If you see someone having difficulty with something, offer your assistance.

Whether you are at work, grocery shopping, or in a restaurant, sometimes people have their hands full and just can't handle everything! Offer an extra hand and a smile, it will help more than you know.

While these are only five things to pay it forward, there are so many other things you can do to make this world a better place. The best thing about paying it forward besides feeling good about yourself, is that when someone sees these acts of kindness, they continue the trend. No one just sees a good act and think about it, they act and continue giving and caring. So remember to be a little happier and a little more caring all year round, not just during the holiday season.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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