8 Ways that Spreading Love And Happiness Can Benefit You And Others Around You

By: Gabrielle Seunagal

Updated February 05, 2021

Medically Reviewed By: Debra Halseth, LCSW

Love is something that we all feel to varying degrees for different people, but did you know that it can change people's lives? It can change your life, and it can even change the lives of strangers. That's because love and happiness are contagious to those around you. That doesn't mean other people will love you simply because you're near them. It means that the love you feel makes you act in different ways than you would if you didn't have that love. And those actions and ways of reacting are going to make a difference in how other people feel.

What Can Spreading Love and Happiness Achieve?

  1. You'll Feel Better

Being a positive person is good for you in several different ways. Science proves that those who are positive and who approach life with a positive outlook have a better experience. They're less likely to feel depressed or anxious, which helps in leading a healthier and happier life. That's because these are the type of individuals who can handle difficulties and stress with no problem (well okay, they have problems, but they don't get overwhelmed). They're able to turn to their support system and are able to love and care for themselves as well.

  1. You'll Be Better

When it comes to your overall health, being positive is most definitely a good way to go. Positivity helps your body release chemicals such as like oxytocin and dopamine. These things help you to feel better overall and that is beneficial to your body. You'll be more inclined to push through minor and major illnesses, and your immune system will be better prepared for it as well. That means you're going to be healthier just by feeling love and happiness.

  1. Attract More

When you put happiness and love out there, you're going to attract those things to you. That's because everyone wants to be around someone who makes them feel good. If you're radiating good vibes, it's going to draw people in who want to feel the same way that you do. That means romantic relationships and friendships are more likely to blossom, and the ones that you already have are likely to be even stronger because people want to be around people who make them happy.

  1. Improve The World

People who feel the love themselves tend to want others to feel that way. That means they're more likely to help others in any way that they can. It might be something as simple as holding a door for someone, or it might be giving back in the form of charities and support. These are the people who are willing to do what they can to make life easier for others, and that might manifest itself in their personal lives or their professional lives, or both.

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  1. Reinforcing Opinions

Have you ever started to think about something and suddenly it seems like that's all you see? If you use Facebook, you may be familiar with this in ads. It seems like as soon as you think about buying something Facebook knows, and you get a ton of ads about it. That's true with a positive or negative outlook too. When you feel negative, you tend to see things around you that reinforce your opinion. On the other hand, when you have a positive outlook, you see things that reinforce a positive opinion. That means you're more likely to continue to feel even happier.

  1. Make Someone's Day

Have you ever had someone talk to you in a pleasant way or smile at you and, suddenly, even though you were having a bad day, you feel just a little bit better? Well, you could be the spark that helps make someone's day. All it takes is a little smile, even if you're not 100% feeling it at the moment, and you'll probably get a smile in return. Then, that person may smile at someone else and the cycle continues. You're making the day of people that you've never even met because of one small gesture or smile.

  1. Be Supportive

When you're happy, you're likely to be more supportive of the people around you. That might mean your friends, family, or even people that you work with. You're likely to help them with the things they're going through or to encourage them to pursue something that they love or something that they are nervous about. What that means is they're more likely to accomplish bigger and better things. That's going to make a difference throughout their lives and potentially the world as well, because you never know what they may achieve or who it may affect as a result − the ripple effect.

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Spreading Love

When it comes to spreading love, it may not be as difficult as you might think. It doesn't have to be a huge experience either. You don't need to spend all of your time, energy, or money doing something big or extravagant for someone. Rather, you can do little things and make a big impact on someone's life. The key is figuring out how you're going to spread love and what it's going to create within the universe when you do. You might be surprised at just how much it changes things. So, what could you be doing to facilitate this?

  1. Say Something Nice - When you compliment someone, it makes them smile, right? People love to be told they look nice, they made a great decision, they did an awesome job, or anything positive about themselves. It's going to make their day.
  2. Help Them Out - Try helping someone out in a way that does absolutely nothing to benefit you in return. At least, nothing for you in the traditional sense. You'll be surprised at just how much a selfless act can make you feel great, even though whatever it was only really helped out the other person.
  3. Say Thank You - We often take the little things that others do for us for granted, but what if you didn't? What if you said thank you, or I appreciate you, for every little thing that someone does for you throughout the day? You'll make them feel great, and you might be surprised by just how great you feel at the end too.
  4. Listen to Them - People want to be heard, and that's sometimes difficult in today's day and age. More and more people are so wrapped up in their own lives and personal problems that they don't even realize what's going on with others so listen, empathetically and without interruption, when they talk.
  5. Give a Gift - It doesn't have to cost a lot of money. In fact, it doesn't have to cost anything at all. Maybe you picked a flower out of your garden, or you give them a book from your collection. Whatever it is, that gift shows you were thinking of them.
  6. Show Them Their Impact - Many of us don't even think that we're important in our own lives or the lives of others. So, show them a way that they've improved your life or the life of someone else around them. They'll be pleasantly surprised.
  7. Write a Note - Write up a nice note that you can leave somewhere for a stranger to find. Maybe you put it on the shelf at the grocery store or stick it to the mirror in a bathroom. A little note of encouragement from a stranger can be a great way to improve anyone's mood.
  8. Pay it Forward - Do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return. It can even be anonymous, but just giving a little something extra to another person can help you feel better as well. And remember that positive vibe mentioned earlier? You’re still creating that too.

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No matter what you're experiencing in your life, there are plenty of ways that you can do to make things even better. You deserve to be happy and, if you're not already experiencing that on your own, then it's time for you to start looking at ways to cultivate it. You may be able to find ways to accomplish this individually, perhaps via some of the methods discussed in this article, or maybe you need professional help to get you there. No matter what it is that you're looking for, it's important that you find a way to keep pushing yourself forward to improving that aspect of your life.

BetterHelp is one way that you can work on creating and achieving your ideal life. The guidance of a therapist can help you understand what it is that's holding you back and keeping you from being happy. With this type of mental health assistance, you can make a huge change in your life and start to live the life that you've always wanted, all from the comfort of your own home. This flexibility makes it easy for you to connect with someone who can help you develop the skills and tools you need to improve your outlook on life.

There is research that suggests that online counseling is just as effective as traditional face-to-face to sessions. If you made your way to this article, then you are already researching ways to cultivate love and happiness, whether in your own life or the lives of others. Exploring this concept with a licensed professional who has the skills and training necessary to help you build a better life is a great place to start. But, don’t take our word for it, check out some firsthand client reviews to see what others are saying about our services.

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