We all need a little help from the people around us once in a while. While grand gestures are lovely, sometimes it is the small, everyday things that really help to turn our day around and make us feel better around ourselves, whether it’s a word of encouragement, a small gift, a helping hand or a smiling stranger on the street. Taking the time to think about other people and making small steps to brighten their day not only helps them to feel better – it makes us feel good too. The world becomes a happier place. Here are 10 small things you can do to make a difference to someone’s day.
Get on the phone
If you know someone is having a hard time, why not give them a call? Sometimes, all we need is a friendly ear – someone to listen. It’s good to know that the people around us care. When going through a hard time it’s easy to feel alone, and sometimes people worry that they won’t do or say the right thing. If you know someone who has been struggling lately, give them a call – they will appreciate it.
It’s an oldie but a goodie – flowers are beautiful, they bring colour and life, they brighten our environment and they make us feel happy. Receiving flowers out of the blue, whether at work or at home, is a wonderful feeling. Using a flower delivery service like Bloom Magic, you can have beautiful flowers sent anywhere in Ireland. Remember to choose flowers that you know the person likes, and include a note so they know who sent them.
Clean the house
One of the best ways we can show appreciation for each other is through our actions, as much as our words. Tackling a big chore like cleaning the house is a thoughtful and kind thing to do for whoever you live with. Maybe your partner has been really busy and stressed at work, and you’ve got a few spare hours to kill? Give the house a good scrub from top to bottom, light some smelly candles and even cook some dinner, and they will feel truly thankful when they get home.
Hug it out
Sometimes, when all’s said and done, all we really need is a hug. Someone to hold us and remind us that everything is going to be ok. A hug is a warm, friendly reminder that you care about that person. Maybe you know someone who has just been through a break-up and they’re missing human contact? Give them a hug. The world needs more hugs – that’s a fact.
There is something truly lovely about finding a hidden note from a friend or loved one. A word of encouragement, a reminder that they love you, a funny picture or inspiring quote – whatever it is, it’s a surefire way to brighten someone’s day. You may not be there when they find the note, but you’re sure to know when they have. Whether it’s for your partner, a colleague or a friend, leaving notes is fun, playful and a sweet way to remind someone you’re there for them – with hardly any effort required.
Put your neighbours’ bins out
We all forget about bin day from time to time. Maybe you left the house in a rush, or forgot what day it was. On those days, it’s lovely to come home and find that some kind person has put them out for us, having realised our mistake. Neighbourly acts of kindness remind us that there are good people everywhere, whether we see them often or not. And in a world whether the mass media shouts constantly about all the bad stuff going on in the world, finding happiness is important.
Visit an elderly relative
As we get older and perhaps get out and about less, maintaining social relationships and interaction with the outside world becomes very important. There is a growing epidemic of elderly people who live alone and experience loneliness, which is why it’s so important that as relatives we make the time to pay them a visit and remind them that we are here and care about them. If you have an elderly relative who you haven’t seen in a while, why not pop over and spend some time with them? It will mean more than you realise.
Anonymously pay someone’s bill
Next time you’re at a cafe, here’s something to try. When you go up to pay for your coffee before leaving, pay for another table’s coffees as well. Then, when they go up to pay, they will find that some anonymous stranger has settled the bill for them. A random act of kindness, completely unprovoked, is a lovely thing to do for someone – and it feels wonderful.
Speak to a stranger
We grow up being told that we should never talk to strangers. This is good advice for a child, as you are vulnerable. But as we get older, why shouldn’t we talk to strangers? Are they not human just like us? A kind word, a smile, or a simple compliment from a stranger can turn our whole mood around. Whether you’re waiting for the bus, standing in line or passing someone in the street who you see every day, why not wave or say hello? You never know, the next stranger might be a friend waiting to happen.
Stop and chat with a shop vendor
Anyone who’s worked in any sort of customer service role knows that people can be rude, especially to the cashiers who are serving them. It’s important to remember that they are people just like us, who are hard at work right now while you’re out shopping or having lunch. Be conversational, use their name (if they have a name badge), wish them a good rest of their day. Pleasant encounters make everyone feel better about themselves.
Will you give one of these ideas a try? What other ways have you come across to brighten someone’s day? Let us know in the comments.