October 5th is National Be Nice Day, which means it’s the perfect time to do something kind and helpful for other people. Whether it’s just a small gesture or something big and generous, it won’t go unnoticed by the people you want to help. There are so many incredibly nice things you can do on National Nice Day – here are five things to do on National Be Nice Day.
- Compliment a stranger.
When you’re out running errands, on public transit, or anywhere else where you might encounter new people, look for opportunities to give genuine compliments to strangers. A small compliment can really brighten up someone’s day and make them feel a little bit better about themselves. People are full of wonderful style and qualities, so it won’t be hard to practice giving compliments.
- Pay for something small for someone else.
If you can afford it, this is a very easy and sweet thing to do for someone else, and there are so many creative ways to do it as well. Put money in a parking meter so the next person doesn’t have to pay. If you’re in line for a coffee, pay for the order of the person behind you too. Leave money on a vending machine or in the laundry room. All of these things are a perfect little surprise for someone else’s day.
- Reach out to an old friend.
When we’re living such busy lives, it can be difficult to keep up with all of our friends. Sometimes we let communication fall by the wayside, but that doesn’t mean we love our friends any less. For National Nice Day, consider reaching out to someone you haven’t talked to in a long time to see how they are doing. Chances are, they’ll be thrilled to hear from you! Whether it’s just a text, a longer phone call, or even a classic snail-mail letter, this little bit of communication will bring some joy to their day.
- Cook for someone.
There are few things that are nicer than home-cooked food. If you like to cook or bake, consider sharing this hobby with the people in your life. If your family or roommates have worked a long day, make a meal for them to enjoy when they get home. You can also bake some cookies and share them with your neighbors, coworkers, or anyone else in your life. Even just a small, simple dish can really make someone else feel good and feel loved.
If you have a little bit more free time on National Nice Day, consider volunteering! Giving your time is truly one of the nicest things you can do. There are so many different ways to volunteer as well. If you love animals, see if you can help at a shelter event. Love kids or the elderly? Schools and nursing homes can always benefit from volunteers. If you’re into politics, consider giving your time to a campaign you enjoy. Not only is volunteering incredibly nice, but it can also be very fun.