Happiness Key #2: Connections
1- Try smiling.
Studies have shown that people that smile are perceived to be more friendly and approachable. Therefore there is a better chance for a favorable response from someone else.
2- Meet friends of your friends.
Suggest a friend bring along one of their friends you haven't met yet.
3- Reach out.
Follow up with people you have met briefly.
Observe and practice how others start up conversations with strangers. A compliment, a comment about your surroundings, or a simple "How are you doing?" may open up a conversation.
4- Join in.
Join a group, club, or team. Volunteer in your community. Put yourself in situations where you are with people doing an activity.
Now is your chance to write someone and connect.
Choose 1 to do:
1) Write a thank you letter.
Thank a special teacher, mentor, coach, family member or friend for a particular impact they have made in your life. Send it to them!
2) Write a forgiveness letter.
Make amends and ask for forgiveness from someone that you have done wrong or hurt. Explain what you have learned and how you will make changes in your life. Then let the guilt go.
3) Write a military service person or other person that keeps your community safe and secure.
With parent permission, visit https://www.operationgratitude.com/writeletters/
4) Write a letter to elderly in a local nursing home or young kids in a hospital for a long stay.
5) Write a "pen pal" from another scout troop or youth group.
6) Write to a person YOU think is important & would like to hear from you.
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