Holding a door open for someone – whether they’re carrying something heavy or are just walking towards the door can make a big difference to both the way the person who opens the door feels and the person going through the door feels. For the person holding the door open, it can give you a sense of happiness and the rewarding feeling that you’re helping someone. For the person going through the door, it can make them look up to you more positively and can make them feel appreciated. It’s a kind action to do and can help make someone’s day!
I remember holding the door open for all of my classes and although I did not get many “thank yous” (although perhaps I should have done!), I found that I did not need it; the fulfilment of doing something kind, particularly when we live in the world that we do, was enough for me. By doing this I know I was making a small, but tangible difference to my class and the way they felt and I hoped it would inspire others to do the same, which, if they did, would help to make the world kinder. The best part? When I did get a thank you, it filled me with a glow of happiness inside me that was addictive; I wanted to repeat it again.
I have also found that holding the door open for someone can also be a good way of socialising and bonding with people – it portrays you in a positive light and if you say “hello”, or “how are you…” then this might help you to make more friends as well as brightening up their day. Some of my best friends I have made resulted from this act of kindness. So next time you go through the door and someone else is following, make sure to hold the door for them!