Why Spreading Joy to Others Will Bring You Happiness

On Episode 154 of Productivity Paradox this week, we’re fully embracing all things #JOMO by focusing on ways that we can bring ourselves more joy this holiday season – and for all of life’s seasons to follow!

So today, I want to carry our conversation about joy forward by exploring some ways that we can spread joy to others because it’s something that I think is so important and brings us so much happiness.

But before we do, let’s talk about why spreading to others brings us happiness in the first place.

Ready? Let’s dig in!

Why Spreading Joy to Others Will Bring You Happiness

There’s really no other way to say it, but the aphorism “it’s better to give than it is to receive” has been right all along: spreading joy to those around us has a huge impact on our happiness and wellbeing.

So much so, that recent studies have shown that performing acts that bring joy to others activates the same parts of our brain that food and intimacy with our partners does!

There’s something about making someone else smile that, when we really think about it, is contagious, right?

So in the spirit of the holiday season, and starting the New Year on a positive note, let’s now look at three simple ways that we can spread some joy to others every day.


3 Simple Ways to Spread Joy

Offer a Compliment –

One single compliment can turn any bad day around to a good one. At least, that’s how I feel! And I am sure that the same is true for you much of the time.

Just as much as we appreciate receiving a thoughtful compliment – about a job we’ve done well, an outfit we put together, or something else entirely – those around us appreciate compliments too!

Remember: the smallest compliment can go such a long way. Lend one or two to a friend, family member, colleague, or stranger today. See what happens!


Be a Great Listener – 

I once heard that we human beings don’t necessarily listen to understand. Instead, we listen to simply respond.

And this begs the question: if we are all so busy trying to formulate a response in our heads to what someone else is saying before they’ve even finished, then how much are we missing during a normal conversation?

How much of our misunderstandings with others stem from moments when we aren’t giving our full attention to the person speaking?

So today, I want to encourage you to do your best to be a great listener. When someone engages you in conversation, do your best to allow yourself to fully absorb what that person is saying.

Don’t listen to respond. Instead, do your best to listen to understand.


Be Someone’s Hero –

We all know someone in need, someone who could use a helping hand or a shoulder to lean on.

What could you do to be someone else’s hero today? 

Maybe you could shovel your neighbor’s walkway (assuming you’re seeing some snow this holiday season) or pay for the person behind you in the checkout line at the coffee shop, grocery store, or movie theatre.

There are opportunities for us to be a hero in someone else’s life each and every day. Consider what you might do to help someone else and spread a little more joy into the world!

What are some things that you do to spread joy to others? Share your experiences and your favorite ways to spread joy to those around you in the comments below . . .

And don’t forget to:

  • Tune in to Episode 154 of Productivity Paradox for encouragement on heading into the holidays and the New Year with joy.
  • Check out my book, The Joy of Missing Out, and grab your copy to help you start 2020 off on the right foot with the tools you need to infuse more #JOMO into your life!


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Tonya Dalton
Tonya Dalton