When the world feels stressful and ugly, my antidote: try kindness.
Before you snap at the cashier for not getting your change and coffee fast enough, think about how hard it must be to stand on your feet all day and deal pleasantly with customers for $7.15 an hour.
Before you say something snarky or critical for laughs, remember you are not a character in a sitcom.
Before you rant on social media, think about whether you would make that comment in that language/tone face-to-face.
Before you complain about the weather, the boss, the traffic, the radio drive time playlist, etc., think about how complaining may permanently rewire your brain to be more negative.
Try something new today. Try kindness.
Give someone an unexpected compliment.
Smile at the mom with the screaming toddler in the checkout line.
Be patient with the receptionist who transferred you to the wrong extension.
Do a good deed for someone.