You have a choice between two options:
Option 1: Pay it Forward. Show a stranger a random act of kindness and then write about it. How did it make you feel knowing that you stepped in to make someone’s life a bit easier? How did that person react?
By making yourself acute to your surroundings this week, you’ll most likely have several opportunities to make a difference in someone’s life. You can choose a simple act of holding the door for a new mother trying to maneuver her stroller into a store, or paying a compliment to a passerby on his or her outfit. If you want to go a bit bigger with this exercise, you might buy that cup of coffee for the person standing in line behind you at your local café hangout, help an elderly person find his or her car in a parking lot, or take a stuffed animal to your local hospital and leave it for a child in need. No matter what you do, embrace the feeling you will get in knowing that you’re making someone else’s life better – even if it’s only for a moment. That is a major self esteem-booster.
Option 2: Put yourself first. Perform an act of kindness for yourself and then write about it. What did you choose to do? How did it make you feel afterwards?
Lovingly treat yourself to something you’ve been putting off, or wouldn’t normally consider. Maybe you’ve been wanting a manicure or pedicure. Arrange for some alone-time and grab yourself a glass of wine and a good book. Get a facial, or a new haircut. Light some candles, put on some relaxing music and take a hot bubble bath. Whatever you decide to do, just be good to yourself, because you deserve it. When you begin realizing your own self worth and make a point to regularly act upon it, your self esteem will only continue to grow.