Do a favor for a friend you really like
Help out a neighbor you may not particularly like
Give your spouse, partner, parent, a peace hug
Be patient with the irritating person next to you
Receive a compliment with pleasure and gratitude
Say a cheerful hello to someone grouchy
Thank a person who does you a small – or large – service
Talk to a person around you whom you usually ignore
Call someone who wants to hear from you
Email an old acquaintance
Write a long overdue “thank you” note
Visit someone who is sick or lonely
Cheer up a friend who is feeling low
Support a co-worker with a word of praise
Encourage a child, an elderly person
Affirm a member of your family or a fellow student who needs it
Take time to listen to someone who is sad or depressed
Don’t be too busy to offer a word of comfort or encouragement
Spread a little more peace – and laughter - at home, at school, at work
Take a peace walk in Nature
Jog, swim, dance, sing, play – to feel more peace-filled
Donate your time or your talent to a worthy cause
Ask how you can help…then help.
If a car cuts you off -- don’t curse -- wish the driver a
little peace; he or she needs it!
Do an unpleasant chore without complaining
Instead of criticizing, find a way to give a compliment
If someone annoys you, dare to do something nice for that
Respond to rudeness with a carefully chosen peaceful word
If you feel irritable, make a special effort not to snap at
Take a deep breath if you’re angry -- and wait to speak until you can do so more peacefully
Clear up a misunderstanding by trying to see the other person’s viewpoint
Be aware of friction around you and work to defuse it in a peaceful way
Talk to someone with whom you’ve had a recent argument
Apologize to a person you realize you’ve offended
Be willing to forgive before being asked
Learn to compromise a little more and disagree a little
Let go of an age-old grudge that is destroying your own peace of mind
Reach out to a family member who is estranged
Think about ways to co-operate rather than compete with people
If someone is in pain, do what you can to lessen it
If you’re in pain, ask for help but try not to complain
If you’re having a bad day, give yourself an Act of
Give thanks for every Act of Peace someone else does for you.
And every day, take at least five minutes to look up at the sky!
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