Hope

Hope is not only something to wish for but can be a way of life. Learning to live with purpose provides us with the hope of a better tomorrow for others and ourselves.
At every moment of the day, we are either making the world a better place or making it worse. According to research, because we are all inter-connected, our thoughts spread out and affect everything around us. When we feel bad or when we are experiencing stress, we may treat others with a lack of kindness and respect, which in turn can lower their mood, and they might do the same to the next person they meet, and so the cycle begins. How you interact with those you meet may be that one last straw that sets someone into a tailspin of depression or that spark that provides them with encouragement and hope for a better day.
Imagine if your mood was positive, loving, compassionate and kind, how your encouraging words and actions could make a positive difference to so many others. Just as a flood starts with only one drop of rain, you have the power to create a world of kindness and compassion just by practising simple acts of kindness and love each day. This doesn’t mean you have to make it your mission to seek out depressed people to cheer up; it means to simply look at every interaction you have as an opportunity to affect someone’s life in a positive way. You never know who may be on the other end of the phone, who is in a lift with you, or who is sitting next to you in a lobby … maybe they are experiencing some type of hardship or strife in their life and could use someone to reach out to share a kind word or  encouraging thought. Who knows, maybe one day you will be the one who needs that tender hand of comfort or gesture of patience and goodwill.
So be encouraged to look at every moment and go out of your way to interact, to say hello, to let someone merge into traffic in front of you, to listen to others’ needs, to treat others as you would like to be treated. However, we get so caught up in our busy lives that we tend to forget the simple pleasures of a smile, a wave, or even a kind word. Even if you start your day in a bad mood, deliberately do something nice for someone else. You will quickly see a change in your own outlook and in the outlook of others.