Today I Learned...
n October 5th, it is National Do Something Nice Day!
This is the day where you can do something nice for someone else and make them feel good and we've got five simple ways you can make someone else's day today:
1. Perform an act of kindness.
One way to celebrate National Do Something Nice Day is by performing an act of kindness. Even the smallest of gestures can have a big impact on someone.
If you’ve noticed someone in your life really needs a task done but doesn’t have time to do it, go ahead and take care of it for them. Offer to help by doing something that will lighten their load or cheer them up when they need an unexpected treat.
The smallest acts of kindness can make a big impact on someone’s day—like getting them their favorite candy or just listening to them talk about something frustrating.
These small acts can make all the difference in someone's day.
2. Give an uplifting compliment to your friend, someone in your family, or a stranger!
Giving someone an unexpected compliment can have a profound effect on that person’s day, making him or her feel happier and more confident! Here are a few things to give you some ideas:
If you want to go for the old-fashioned route, compliment your friend, family member or a stranger.
Try complimenting a friend or family member on some things they have done recently as well. You could say thank you for helping out with cooking dinner last night, cleaning up after yourself in the kitchen this morning or helping me carry my bags into the house yesterday when I got home from work - it may seem small but it will mean a lot and show that you are truly grateful (and kind)!
Or if you see a stranger walking down the street and you like what they're wearing, their hairstyle, their smile or maybe their positive attitude, give them a compliment!
Compliments are the best way to make someone else feel better about themselves—and we all need a little boost sometimes. So go on: compliment someone today!
3. Call someone just to tell them you care.
Make someone's day by calling them. You can call an old friend, a family member that you don't talk to as often anymore, or maybe even an old neighbor. It just might make their day!
If you know someone who is going through a hard time in life, gently check in with them and let them know they're on your mind. If possible, send the person flowers or homemade food—a personalized gesture can comfort even during difficult times.
4. Smile at someone to brighten their day!
A smile can do wonders, so give it a try.
Smile at someone you know, a stranger on the street, or even yourself. Don't have time for that? Smile at your pet or family member (or maybe even just the air).
Whether you're feeling stressed out or happy and carefree—just smile! Even if it's not National Do Something Nice Day, there is always an opportunity to brighten someone else’s day with a simple smile.
5. Treat yourself.
You’re doing all these acts of kindness to others, so why not do a little something for yourself?
If you’ve been neglecting your needs—and consequently feel stressed and overwhelmed as a result—today is the perfect time to focus on yourself. Take a moment to appreciate yourself. You deserve kindness and care, too.
Whether you want to go out for a nice meal with friends, treat yourself to a new outfit or accessory, or just relax and enjoy some time at home on the couch—the only way to treat yourself is by doing something nice for yourself! What's one thing that will make you feel good?