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99 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Life And The Lives Of Those Around You

Because we all need a little love every now and then.

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* Say "hi" to and chat with people who are serving you. It doesn't matter if it's the policeman at the subway entrance or the office cleaning lady.

* Introduce yourself to your neighbors and offer to help them when they need it.

* Send a thank you letter to your mom.

* Say "I love you" to your dad.

* Pay a compliment to someone you don't know.

* Adopt a pet. If you can't, then take an afternoon walking dogs from a local shelter.

* Pay for a coffee for the person behind you in line.

* Or give someone money who needs it.

* Open the door for someone behind you.

* Let a car in when they're trying to get into your lane.

* Let your partner choose what to watch on TV.

* Help someone move apartments.

* Send actual handwritten letters to your friends in the mail.

* Or send them a postcard from your next trip.

* Volunteer for a project that grabs your attention.

* Clear out your closet and give away the clothes you don't use any more.

* If a friend of yours is sick or hurt, offer to go to the supermarket for them.

* Write to that friend who you haven't spoken to in ages.

* Find a good quality in that person who you can't stand.

* Don't get annoyed (no matter how tempting it is).

* Once a week, bring some yummy treats in for your work colleagues. It could be donuts, coffee, chips — anything you want!

* If you like your job, tell your boss. And thank them if you've learned something from them.

* If it's going to be somebody's birthday, bake them a cake.

* Give up your seat on public transport to someone that needs it.

* Arrive at your appointments on time. Don't make other people wait for you.

* Fill your partner's car up with gas (or your parents' car).

* Give a really good tip without any regrets.

* If you're going to take out the trash, check if you can donate or recycle anything in there first.

* And then actually put the garbage in its proper place.

* Cover the whole check.

* Say "good morning" to the people in the elevator with you.

* Do the grocery shopping for an elderly neighbor.

* Pay the fare for the person behind you on the bus.

* Buy extra food and give it to someone in your neighborhood who doesn't have enough to eat.

* Put your shopping cart where it's supposed to go.

* If you come across an aggressive driver, let them pass without getting mad back.

* Do you have a teacher who changed your life? Write to them and remind them.

* Forgive a debt.

* Say sorry without giving excuses.

* Be friendly to telemarketers.

* Bring your mom flowers next time you visit her.

* If you pass an expired parking meter, put a quarter in.

* Don't interrupt people.

* If you know someone who has just moved to your city, take them out.

* Are you at a family dinner or brunch with friends? Put your cell phone away.

* Every time you buy a new article of clothing, give away one that you don't use.

* Don't waste food. Instead of letting them throw it out in a restaurant, ask for a doggy bag and give the leftovers to someone in the street.

* Smile at a random person. Just because you can and you want to.

* Forgive someone and really forget.

* Make a list of songs for your best friend.

* Hug someone who you know needs one.

* If you get a new pair of glasses, give the old ones away to someone else who can use them.

* Recycle your batteries and electronics. They pollute a lot when they reach the landfill.

* When you listen, really listen. Pay complete attention to that conversation.

* Offer yourself as a babysitter to somebody close to you so that mom and dad can have a day off.

* Always remind yourself that everybody is fighting their own battles. Give them a chance.

* Write a list for your partner of their best qualities and give it to them.

* Speak to that person at the office who you never speak to.

* Write to your brothers or sisters to remind them how much you love them.

* Make two sandwiches and give one away.

* Today, you're not using your car. Walk or use public transportation.

* Say yes to the person who asks you to give to a cause.

* Give the benefit of the doubt to that person.

* Wash the dishes. Even though it's not your turn.

* Offer a piece of chewing gum. Yes, everyone will want one, but you can buy more later.

* Every day, before you go to sleep, think about at least one think that you're grateful for.

* Make plans with the person you've been meaning to meet up with for months.

* Give your time to a kids' hospital or an nursing home.

* On Mother's Day or Father's Day, call someone who has lost their parents.

* Write a message on a photo you really like of a person you love and give it to them.

* Think of someone who has changed your life and let them know how grateful you are.

* If someone is gossiping about somebody else, stand up and give a positive comment about that person.

* If you're good at something, become an amateur teacher in that field and teach somebody else.

* Let a pedestrian pass.

* Donate your organs.

* If you see someone who's lost, offer to help them.

* Plant a tree.

* Be happy when someone tells you their good news.

* When you go to somebody's house for the first time, compliment their decor.

* Be patient when you come across a noisy baby on a plane.

* Buy yourself a lottery ticket and buy one for somebody else.

* Leave a good book in a public place so somebody else can read it.

* Don't buy bottled water. Use a reusable bottle.

* Disconnect your electronic devices when you're not using them. You'll save power and help the environment.

* Buy local. Why go to the supermarket when you can buy your fruit at the little store on the corner?

* Complain less.

* Say "I love you" to the person you love.

* When you see a mom that needs help with her stroller, give her a hand!

* If someone gives you excellent service, or has done something nice for you, tell their boss.

* Smile more.

* If you can, give blood.

* Take all the blankets you have tucked away in your closet and give them to a shelter.

* Throw out any garbage you see in the street.

* Share your umbrella on a rainy day.

* Defend someone who needs it.

* Say sorry to someone who you know you've hurt.

* Learn the names of the people you see every day.

* Be tolerant.

* Keep your promises.

This post was translated from Spanish.

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