3GT Daily

Some time ago I read a quote from the Dalai Lama that came back to my mind because of the holiday season – “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”

I have recognized this truth in my life. In times when I am feeling low, angry, depressed or self-absorbed an easy and quick fix is to do something kind for someone else. Studies have shown that there is a “Healing Power to Doing Good” and in fact a book of the same title provides insight into the miraculous power of kindness.

There are thousands of ways to show someone else an unexpected kindness. In today’s world, compassion can sometimes be viewed as weakness. There are times when your kindness is rejected, particularly when there is a preconceived notion or a perceived message in your kindness. I have seen or experienced this myself. People often look perplexed when I hold open a door at a public building, smile or warmly greet a stranger or offer to help with a daunting task. I don’t do these things for reward, I do them because it is the way that I’m wired and it is the way that we were taught in our home by parents who loved to serve others.

No matter how large or small the act, kindness reverberates, has lasting outcomes and leaves an impression with the receiver and most notably, with the giver. A great way to boost ones spirits during the holidays (this may become a habit that outlives the holidays) is to think of at least three great things that you did or witnessed each day. Create a 3GT Daily log and emphasize things that you witness or do to bring happiness and joy to someone else.

Just recently a friend of mine called me up and said, “Let’s go to lunch – I’ll buy.” Thirty minutes later I got a call from a brother who said the same exact thing. Later that evening I got a text from another friend that said, “I appreciate our friendship.” I recall that at least three great things happened that day, but I know without a doubt that there were dozens more great things that I did not take the time to recognize and write down.

So for the duration of this month I’m going to take the time to write down 3GT daily and I encourage you to do the same. By doing so I hope that I can sow and cultivate a feeling of gratitude, recognize when people show me kindness and look for opportunities to serve others in the process.

What 3GT happened to you today?

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5 Responses to 3GT Daily

  1. All good things come to those who wait. I’ve heard that one before too and I think this time of year especially this Christmas season it is a good idea not to wait but to do. Good things come to those who DO. What a great idea Seti. Today: 1 of my Aunty’s called. Cheered me up without even knowing she was doing so. She called to check up on me b/c she sed she was thinking of me. Touched my heart and it was just a simple phone call. 2. A cousin working stopped by to eat. Thankfully we had food and he was able to eat. We talked about how he wants to take his family to the temple but cannot give up a bad habit. I encouraged him but was blessed by his spirit and his love for his family and for us. 3. A twitter friend was feeling down and I gave her a twitter hug. She felt good and I did too.

    Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Golden Rule that we so often forget on a daily basis to live. Thanks for the great reminder and yes I will be on the lookout for more 3GT!

    Alofas,
    Cyn.

  2. Ahhh once again you made me stop and pause and ask myself the question “What am I doing that I can do better?”. I started a gratitude journal one summer in my teens, I had it for a week and never wrote in it. Now that I’m a older all I seem to do is say Thank You!! Thank you that I woke up this morning! Thank you for my nice warm bed at niight! Thanks, thanks, thanks, tai tele lava!! Reading you has encouraged to start up a new gratitude journal this summer, I’m sure it will be filled with great things!! Thanks Seti!!

  3. AmbitionzWriter says:

    Ahh!! Once again your post up had made me stop and think ” What am I doing that I can do better?”. I had a gratitude journal one summer when I was younger, I must have only made one entry that whole Summer because I was too busy doing things, going places. Now I’m a lot older Im slower then I use to be, lol. All I seem to do now is to say Thank you, Thank You that I woke up this morning, Thank You that I’m not diabetic, Thank you for my nice warm bed, Thanks, Thanks, Thanks, Tai tele lava!! This Summer I’ll be starting up a brand new gratitude journal, and I’m sure by the end of the Summer it will be filled with many great things!!

    Thanks Seti, for the quiet reminders in your words!!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I love this. I know whenever I’m having a bad day I try to do things that make other people happy so it lifts my spirits… 3GT for me today. 1 received my 1st Christmas card. Meant so much to be thought of. 2nd a great conversation with a friend. Nice to have people who will just listen and not judge u. 3rd kids saying thank you for dinner and actually eating it and not complaining. 🙂 I always love ur blogs. They always make me think and make me wanna do and be better.
    Malo

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