Dr. Robin says it doesn't require a grand gesture to make someone else's day. Consider sending a birthday card to a friend on time, or returning your shopping cart to its corral when you're finished using it. "The truth of the matter is that it really doesn't require that much effort to go the extra mile," she says.
By going the extra mile, not only can you make someone else's life just a little bit easier—you can help your own spirit. When you're caught up in your own deadlines, your own schedule and your own to-do list, Dr. Robin says you run the risk of becoming self-absorbed. But when you take a moment to extend an act of kindness to someone else, you start to see the big picture. "It begins to enlarge my own sense of how very connected I am with everything and with everyone," she says.
Start paying attention to where you could go the extra mile today. "In doing so, not only might you make someone else's day better and someone else's life easier, but you're going to be the better for it," Dr. Robin says.