We are all born with the capacity to receive love, kindness, and hope. As we grow older, we encounter the less hopeful, more difficult aspects of being human, such as noticing global issues like poverty and discrimination, and discovering that the things humans do can be hateful, calculating, and unkind at times. Although this can make us cynical or leave us feeling helpless, humans are also capable of incredible, amazing, and wonderful kindness and love. If you're losing faith in humanity, here are some proactive steps you can take to restore your faith.
1. Spend time with the kids.
You're missing out on the wonders of seeing the world through new, inquisitive, and creative eyes if you don't have children in your life on a regular basis. Children are less likely to be willfully blind, or to be unable to see injustices and problems. Simply by spending more time with children and paying close attention to what they do, you can begin to uncurl from your crusty shell of cynicism and allow yourself to become more childlike, playful, and creative.
2. Inquire about the happiest moments in people's lives.
How frequently do you ask people to recall happy memories and what makes them happy right now? People enjoy talking about what they are passionate about, what motivates them, and what makes them happy, but it is not always an obvious topic for casual conversation.
It's critical to create a safe space for people to express themselves about their happy moments – it allows them to articulate in front of an audience what matters most to them and may thus inspire them even
more, and it allows you to see the lighter, brighter, and happier side of the people in your life.
3. Concentrate on the good news, the stories of great kindness and virtuous actions.
There are numerous positive, inspiring, and uplifting stories about the good that people do on a daily basis. However, much of this good news is buried beneath the sensational, negative coverage that the news media seems to prefer. Nonetheless, you can actively choose to increase your exposure to positive news. You can, for example, subscribe to online news feeds that only cover positive stories. You can also selectively follow social media network friends and fans who intentionally share good news rather than bad news and who regularly share inspiring things.
4. Visit your favorite charities' websites and read about what their staff and volunteers are doing.
Whether it's the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, a local zoo attempting to save animals, or a faith-based charity, learning about their activities will remind you that people are actively involved in helping others, conserving the environment, restoring the land, caring for animal welfare, and lobbying government to make changes that will improve lives and livelihoods.
5. Spend time assisting those who are less fortunate than you.
Looking at people who are going through things 10 times or 100 times worse than you are and still manage to face each day with passion and positivity, believing that being alive is its own reward, can serve as a reality check. You can assist them, but they can also assist you.
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