The other night I read an article in the July 2013 issue of O magazine by Martha Beck. It was basically about how to feel good and brighten someone's day by doing very easy, simple things. Nothing that costs money or is too taxing.
The one that stood out to me the most is to pretend as though everyone adores you. Everywhere you go. At all times.
I'm assuming Martha's inspiration for her article came from a quote from Byron Katie (that Martha quoted as well): "When I walk into a room, I know that everyone in it loves me. I just don't expect them to realize it yet."
I just love that quote, especially the second sentence. Everyone loves you, they just might not realize it yet.
I also believe it's true, ultimately. At our core, we are all pure love. So when we scrape away all our egos and fears, we truly do all love one another. It's just that most people walking the planet live in their egos and let their fears rule their world... so they actually don't realize that they love everyone (including themselves).
Martha suggested further, that "even when going into the store, imagine that everyone in it adores you. Notice how it affects how you move, how you look at other people, and what you say."
I can see how this would make me feel better about myself. Instead of walking into a new environment, with strange people, thinking they might not like me, they might judge me, they might not want to talk to or help me... I walk in knowing I'm loved. Knowing I'm adored. Everyone there is crazy about me.
This could be taken as an ego trip, but it's not. And I'm sure my readers know what I, and Martha, mean. It's about living in Love. Living in Spirit. And when we feel loved and cared for, we in turn tend to love and care for others more. So that's how pretending that everyone loves you will brighten their day. Because you will be happier and more at ease. You won't be on-guard or acting in fear, which elicits a fear response from them. Instead, you'll walk around feeling loved, and emanating love.
"Everyone here loves me," will be what I now say to myself before I walk into anyplace with other people.
Another tip Martha offered, that really goes along with the first one, is to maintain your happy mood and others will sync off of you.
I'm sure we've all seen how one angry, negative person can bring down the mood of an entire room of people. Well, it can also have the reverse affect. A single happy, optimistic person can bring up the mood.
So the next time you're talking to someone, or around someone, who's being negative... who's complaining, criticizing, and just plain not happy... focus on the love in your own heart. Focus on staying happy. Focus on your inner peace. This will keep your vibration high, and will affect the other person... whether they realize it or not, and whether they want it to or not.