Random acts of kindness

I don’t often crave external validation, so I was trying to figure out what felt so good about being named a Top Photographer by Martha Stewart Weddings. Here’s what it is: I didn’t nominate myself or enter a contest. The good people at Martha decided, out of the blue, to bestow this honor on me. To have someone you respect notice your hard work, wow, that just made it ten times more incredible! I guess I am accepting this external validation wholeheartedly.

It made me think of Shawn Achor’s TED Talk on happiness. There’s a list of five things you can do to feel more positive and one of them was random acts of kindness. Write an email to someone you know, praising or thanking them for just being them. It will make them feel better and you will also benefit. There’s something wonderful about sending “ripples of positivity” into the world!

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