I know at times we all feel helpless to make a difference in this world. We look at big problems such as widespread poverty, terrorism, racism, or famine and wonder “What can I do to make a positive impact?” What we often overlook are the small things we can do each and every day to make someone smile. We don’t always have to solve the problems of the world to brighten someone’s day! What if we each did one thing each day to be a blessing to others? Think of how much happier the world would be!
Here are ten small things you can do to spread a little happiness today!
1. Smile at everyone you meet.
How often do you walk along looking at your phone or the floor, averting your eyes when you see someone approaching? Instead, try to smile and connect with those around you. Not only will you feel better, your smile could keep someone going one more day.
2. Let someone behind you move up in line.
If you are in line at the store with a cart full of groceries and the person behind you only has only one or two items, let them go first. It won’t take up much of your time and they will appreciate your generosity.
3. Be nice while driving.
Let someone merge into traffic in front of you. I know it gives me a warm and fuzzy feeling when someone does this for me and when I return the favor. Driving is very stressful for me as I’m sure it is for others. Turn road rage into car care!
4. Send a card or handwritten (or typed!) letter.
In this age of email and texts, we all still love to get a nice card or letter in the mail. It doesn’t have to be anything long. Just a “Hey, I’m thinking about you and hope you are well” could make someone’s day.
5. Call a friend or family member.
Again, emails and texts are nice, but hearing someone’s voice and being able to talk to them takes the connection to a whole different level.
6. Pick up the check for the car behind you in the drive through.
I love this one! This happens to me quite frequently and I have several friends that make this a regular habit. I love the idea that the stranger behind me just got a wonderful surprise from someone they didn’t even know. I know I’ve made them smile and softened their heart!
7. Give a compliment.
Everyone loves to get a nice, sincere compliment and they can really make someone feel good. Compliment a co-worker on a job well done or tell a friend she looks great today. Then watch them beam with pleasure.
8. Ask questions and listen.
Most of us can tell when someone is having a bad day or is feeling down. Being genuinely concerned, asking how they are doing, and being a good listener could be just what someone needs to get over a tough time in their life. Be a friend.
9. Give to charity.
Remember here that every little bit helps. Give what you can. Even if you cannot afford a monetary donation, give of your time and talents. It is always appreciated.
10. Take time for yourself.
Your interactions with others will be more positive if you are a happier person. Sit down with a cup of tea and read a good book, take a stroll through the woods, or indulge in a hot bath. A happier YOU makes a happier WORLD!
We’d love to hear some of the small things you have done to make someone’s day in the comments below. I love to get new ideas on how to pay it forward!