Whilst we were on holiday in Vietnam I absolutely loved to buy things form the Vietnamese ladies who walked along the beach with baskets full of goods to sell.
They sold lovely bright bracelets, jewellery boxes, massage oil, key rings, magnets and lots of other bit and bobs that I knew would make perfect gifts.
Lots of people on the beach ignored the ladies or refused to entertain them as they made an effort to chat and be friendly. There seemed to be a fear of the unknown and a suspicion about this way of selling and whether it was a con.
I took a different approach. I chatted with the ladies and enjoyed learning what I could about their lives and how they lived. I made sure I told them how lovely the things they had made were and I tried to buy something as often as I felt I could, even if it was only something very small.
They all had families to support and they were out for hours everyday trying to sell as much as they could to raise money for those that they loved.
I felt good for helping them out by buying what I could from them and my family loved the gifts that I brought home from them.
It really was a win win situation.
Helping other out when you are able to means that you can feel good and make someone else feel good too. It is all too easy to assume that others are trying to rip you off or take advantage when you are on holiday. If you can take the time to be open to others you may discover something much more genuine behind their efforts to communicate with you.
Generosity really does lead to happiness. Mindfulness is a great way to be more present in the moment so that we have the ability to be more open minded and less self centred.