Karma: The buddhist belief that things you do, will come back to you. If you do something nice, helpful or good – it will happen back to you, often in larger increments and vice versa for when you are bad.
When was the last time someone did something nice unexpectedly for you? How did it feel? Pretty good? How about the last time you did something generous or thoughtful for someone else? How did THAT make you feel? I think I’m with the majority here to think that doing something for someone else feels even better than being the recipient.
We all have our problems
It’s a sad fact of life every single one of us have our own problems, battles and burdens, so the idea of making someone else’s day better or easier sounds like something we all should collectively do, what do you think? How does the idea of being part of a kindness revolution, pay-it-forward style sound? Awesome, I reckon!
So what can I do to create some money karma?
Give it a go this week, even if you do just ONE nice thing for someone else be it a stranger in the supermarket or someone you know and experience how it makes you feel.
Here are some ideas to get you started on your way to money karma.
- In the coffee line, pay for the person behind you.
- If you have time left on your parking ticket put it back in the machine for the next person.
- If you are visiting a friend, offer to get them bread or milk for them on the way.
- If your friend covets your dress/shoes/bag, give it to them. Go on, you can do it!
- Bring morning tea in for your workmates.
- Return a borrowed car with a full tank of fuel.
- If you have a friend that you know is in need, don’t ASK them what you can do to help as most people don’t like to ask. Instead just go ahead and DO SOMETHING. For instance for your neighbour with a broken leg, turn up with your lawnmower and mow their lawn. For your pal that just lost their job and is doing it tough, drop off a few bags of groceries. For new parents, bring over some meals or do practical things around the house (even hanging out a load of washing or chopping up veggies for dinner can make a huge difference).
- Drop your read magazines to the doctor’s office waiting room next time you’re out.
- Keep your egg cartons and empty boxes for your local preschool. They have a myriad of uses for them.
- Help your mates move house. It’s a sucky job at the best of times.
- If you have been house or pet sitting, leave fresh milk and bread in the fridge for them on your last day.
- Always give a few bucks to the Salvation Army men at their table in the shopping centre.
- Better still let your kids put the money in the box to let them experience how good it feels.
- Let others through the door first.
- Share your home grown fruit, veg, eggs with your neighbours.
- Buy a few scratchies and hand them to hard-working retail staff you come across around busy times. They will be blown away by the appreciation for their work.
- In the food court, put your rubbish in the bin. Don’t leave it on the table.
What’s this got to do with saving money?
All of these are very doable and practical ideas that don’t even have to cost you anything but all are guaranteed to make you feel good and absolutely might just make someone’s day. If you indeed believe in Karma you will know that the more you give the more you will get back.
You may be wondering how this fits in an article about saving money and of course I don’t recommend doing anything that is going to put your budget out in a major way so don’t do anything you can’t afford but so many things can be done for free, all it may cost is your time and effort, all of the ideas I’ve mentioned it’s just about thinking of the people around you and making life easier for them. The beautiful thing is I promise what you get back will be 10 times more than you put out, it is absolutely true that when you start adopting this way of life you get back SO.MUCH.MORE than your ‘original investment’.
Life has a way of paying you back big time, in different ways but you will never be left without.
Now get on the Karma bus and see how it feels for yourself!
I challenge you to try it. What can you tomorrow? Just think of one thing to start with. Go on, get out there and get the ball rolling! Make it a habit and it will change your life.